I received a free pair of tickets to Amélie on Broadway in order to facilitate my review. The opinions here are mine.
Last week, I had the chance to see Amélie, the new musical currently playing at the Walter Kerr Theater. The musical is based on the movie of the same name that charmed audiences way back in 2001.
I was thrilled to be able to take my daughter as my date. It really is a wonderful mother-daughter experience. She’s getting ready to head out to college, to live a life that’s only limited by her imagination, just like Amélie. There was a lot for her to relate to in the show.
I simply loved the movie when I first saw it. The story of a girl who grows into a woman learning to balance life in the big world after experiencing a solitary, sheltered, and often times sad upbringing.
There are definitely people for whom the movie was too cute and too quirky. I totally couldn’t get enough of Audrey Tautau’s performance.
When I heard the show was coming to Broadway, I had a lot of questions. Could they carry over the charm of the movie to the stage? What would the songs sound like (the movie had a rather unique soundstrack)? Who would play the charming and imaginative French girl?
All would be answered in time. First, yes, the charm of the movie remains, and much of that is thanks to the majestic Phillipa Soo who plays the title character. Her performance is simply perfect. She is light personified and has not an ounce of guile, which is an extremely difficult thing to pull off.
We had a moment of utter joy when we realized that Adam Chanler-Berat was playing Nino. He was one of our favorite parts of Peter and the Starcatcher, and since we feel like we discovered him, it was a thrill to see him as Amélie’s love interest. Really, the whole cast is bringing it every night. So impressed with the talent there.
I haven’t been to a show that runs without an intermission—this show goes just under two hours. I have to admit that I liked it. People in the know say that’s a thing. It gave me the impetus to get my beverage first, and enjoy it in the sippy cup throughout the show.
My only disappointment was the musical score. It was nice, but I certainly didn’t have any songs going through my head when I walked out of the theater. Selfishly, I wanted to hear a great 11 o’clock number from Ms. Soo, but I guess without an 11 o’clock moment due to no intermission, that wasn’t going to happen.
If you get a chance to see Amélie in it’s Broadway run, don’t hesitate because the show will be closing on May 21. It’s a delightful fantasy that will get you dreaming big.
Amelie is playing at the Walter Kerr Theatre at 219 West 48th Street with ticket prices starting at $49.50.
Visit http://ameliebroadway.com for show times, more details and to purchase tickets.