On April 3, a musical version of the 2001 Oscar-nominated French film “Amelie” opened on Broadway. Despite the pedigree of the talent both on-stage and behind the scenes, the critics were less than kind about their collective efforts. Sales were dwindling, with last week’s takings falling just short of $400,000 and attendance at an anemic 63%.
Not surprisingly, “Amelie” was snubbed when Tony Awards nominations were announced on May 2. Three days later, producers posted a closing notice with the last performance scheduled for May 21. In all, “Amelie” will have run for just 83 performance (including 27 previews) at the Walter Kerr Theatre.
Recent Tony nominee Phillipa Soo (“Hamilton”) took on the title role of the introverted and imaginative Parisian girl who helps those around her, including her reclusive artist neighbor. That role was played by Tony Sheldon, another past Tony contender for “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.”
Three-time Tony nominee Craig Lucas (“Prelude to a Kiss”, “The Light in the Piazza”, and “An American in Paris”) adapted the script while the score was by Daniel Messe (from the band, Hem) and Nathan Tysen (“Tuck Everlasting”). Directing was recent Tony winner Pam MacKinnon (“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” ).
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