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Amélie May Sneak Into the 2015-16 Broadway Season

A spring arrival could be in the new musical's future.

Samantha Barks as Amélie, Maria-Christina Oliveras as Suzanne, and Adam Chanler-Berat as Nino in Amélie, A New Musical, at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
(© Kevin Berne)

Amélie, A New Musical, now playing an extended run at Berkeley Repertory Theatre through October 11, may ride its rave reviews all the way to Broadway before the season is up. According to the New York Post, the show's producers are searching for a theater to accommodate a spring 2016 opening for the screen-to-stage adaptation of the beloved 2001 French film.

Directed by Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), the production features a book by Tony nominee Craig Lucas (An American in Paris), music by Daniel Messé of the acclaimed band Hem, and lyrics by Nathan Tysen (Tuck Everlasting) and Messé. Samantha Barks, best known for her performance as Éponine in the film adaptation of Les Misérables, stars as Amélie, a shy waitress who brings joy to those around her.

In addition to Barks, the cast includes David Andino (Blind Beggar, Garden Gnome), Randy Blair (Hipolito), Adam Chanler-Berat (Nino), Alison Cimmet (Amandine, Philomene), Savvy Crawford (Young Amélie), Carla Duren (Gina), John Hickok (Raphael, Bretodeau), Alyse Alan Louis (Georgette), Shannon O'Boyle (Swing), Maria-Christina Oliveras (Suzanne), Paul Whitty (Joseph), Perry Sherman (Lucien), Jacob Keith Watson (Swing), and Tony Sheldon (Dufayel, Collignon).

For tickets to the Berkeley Repertory Theatre production, click here.