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Samantha Barks to Star in World Premiere of Amélie at Berkeley Rep

Broadway’s Adam Chanler-Berat also joins the West coast cast.

Samantha Barks takes on the title character in Amélie at Berkeley Rep.
Samantha Barks takes on the title character in Amélie at Berkeley Rep.
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Samantha Barks, best known for her performance as Éponine in the film adaptation of Les Misérables, will star in Berkeley Repertory Theatre's world premiere of Amélie, A New Musical, adapted from the Academy Award-nominated film. Performances will begin August 28 in advance of a September 11 opening, and will run through October 4.

The cast will also feature Randy Blair (Hipolito), Adam Chanler-Berat (Nino), Alison Cimmet (Amandine/Philomene), Carla Duren (Gina), John Hickok (Raphael/Bretodeaux), Alyse Alan Louis (Georgette/Fluffy/Sylvie), and Paul Whitty (Joseph), with additional casting to be announced at a later time.

"As a lover of musical theater I'm elated to join the cast of Amélie," said Barks. "The creative team has found stunning ways to reimagine the wonderful, romantic, and magical world of Amélie, and the score is gorgeous. It is a thrill to not only bring a beloved screen character to life for Berkeley Rep’s audience, but also to create a new role for the musical theater."

Barks' recent theater credits include City of Angels, Cabaret, and Oliver! in London’s West End, and Chicago at The Hollywood Bowl.

Written by Tony nominee Craig Lucas (An American in Paris), Amélie features music by Daniel Messé of the acclaimed band Hem with lyrics by Nathan Tysen and Messé. The production is directed by Tony winner Pam MacKinnon.

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