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Amélie to open at Walter Kerr Theatre on 3 April 2017

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

It has now been announced that the new musical adaptation of the 2001 French film Amélie, directed by Tony winner Pam MacKinnon, will officially open at Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre on 3 April 2017, following previews from 9 March.

As previously announced, prior to its Broadway engagement, the musical will play a limited run at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles from 4 December 2016 through to 15 January 2017.

Joining Tony nominee Phillipa Soo in the title role will be Adam Chanler-Berat as Nino. Additional casting will be announced shortly.

Amélie features a book by three-time Tony nominee Craig Lucas, music by Daniel Messé, and lyrics by Nathan Tysen & Daniel Messé.

Synopsis: "The musical follows the mesmerizing journey of the inquisitive and charmingly shy Amélie who turns the streets of Montmartre into a world of her own imagining, while secretly orchestrating moments of joy for those around her. After discovering a mysterious photo album and meeting a handsome stranger, Amélie realizes that helping others is easier than participating in a romantic story of her own."

The creative team behind Amélie features musical staging and choreography by Sam Pinkleton, musical direction by Kimberly Grigsby, vocal arrangements by Kimberly Grigsby and Daniel Messé, orchestrations by Tony winner Bruce Coughlin, scenic and costume design by Tony winner David Zinn, lighting design by Tony nominee Jane Cox and Mark Barton, sound design by Tony nominee Kai Harada, and projection design by Peter Nigrini.

Amélie is produced on Broadway by Harbor Entertainment, Triptyk Studios and Spencer Ross.

Phillipa Soo made her Broadway debut as Eliza Schuyler Hamilton in the hit musical 'Hamilton,' earning her first Tony nomination for the role. She previously starred off-Broadway in the Public Theater production of 'Hamilton,' as well as the Kazino's production of 'Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812' as Natasha. On screen, she played the character of Lexi in NBC's musical series "Smash" and will lend her voice to the upcoming Disney animated classic "Moana."

Adam Chanler-Berat made his Broadway debut as Henry in the 2009 production of 'Next To Normal' and also appeared in the 2012 production of 'Peter and the Starcatcher.' His off-Broadway credits include 'The Fortress of Solitude' (Public Theater), 'Fly By Night: A New Musical' (Playwrights Horizons) and 'Rent' (New World Stages). His screen credits include "Delivery Man," "It Could Be Worse," and "The Life Before Her Eyes."

- by Tom Millward

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