New Stage Musical Version of Amélie to Premiere This Summer
Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon will helm the Berkeley Repertory Theatre production.
Berkeley Repertory Theatre has announced plans to open its 2015-16 season with a world-premiere production of Amélie, based on the Academy Award-nominated film. Tony winner Pam MacKinnon will direct the production, which is scheduled to open this August.
Amélie is written by Craig Lucas (Prelude to a Kiss) and features a score by Daniel Messé, of the acclaimed band Hem, and lyrics by Nathan Tysen (The Burnt Part Boys) and Messé. As with the five-time Academy Award nominated film, Amélie follows an "inquisitive and charmingly shy" young woman as she "turns the streets of Montmartre into a world of her own imagining, while secretly orchestrating moments of joy for those around her."
The newly announced season will also include Chicago theater company The Hypocrites with their high-energy staging of Pirates of Penzance (October 2015), Kimberly Senior's Broadway prodcution of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar (November 2015), Macbeth, directed by Tony and Obie Award-winning director Daniel Sullivan (February 2016), Julia Cho's Aubergine, helmed by Berkeley Rep's Associate Director Liesl Tommy (February 2016), and Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman's co-production with Lookingglass Theatre Company of Treasure Island (April 2016).
The season will also include one additional production that will be announced at a later date.