(Photo: Joan Marcus)
Broadway alum Adam Chanler-Berat (Peter and the Starcatcher) and more will join the previously announced Tony nominee Phillipa Soo in the musical adaptation of Amélie. The tuner is scheduled to play a limited pre-Broadway engagement December 4 through January 16, 2017 at L.A.'s Ahmanson Theatre and is aiming to land on the Main Stem in the spring of 2017.
The cast will also include Emily Afton, Alyse Alan Louis, David Andino, Randy Blair, Heath Calvert, Alison Cimmet, Savvy Crawford, Manoel Felciano, Harriett D. Foy, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Tony Sheldon, Jacob Keith Watson and Paul Whitty.
Directed by Pam MacKinnon and based on the 2001 French film, Amélie features music by Daniel Messé, lyrics by Nathan Tysen and Messé, along with a book by Craig Lucas. The musical follows the journey of the inquisitive and shy Amélie (Soo) 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.
Samantha Barks previously led the world premiere of Amélie at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre opposite Chanler-Berat last year.