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By Dancin' Dan
Say what you will about the seemingly unending run of new Broadway musicals based on non-musical films, enough of them have been good enough that you write them off at your own risk. Kinky Boots and Waitress are just two recent examples of stage musicals that, if anything, improve on their source material. The just-opened Amélie, an adaptation of the 2001 Jean-Pierre Jeunet film, attempts to recreate the success of those two adaptations: An established, inventive director in Pam MacKinnon, music and lyrics by singer-songwriter Daniel Messé (of music group Hem) with some help from musical vet Nathan Tysen, and a book by the respected playwright Craig Lucas (Prelude to a Kiss). And of course, a Broadway star on the rise in the lead role: the angel-voiced Philippa Soo, who stole hearts in Hamilton and the Off-Broadway incarnation of Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812.
Unfortunately, this new »
At last, a Broadway musical that exposes the bad effects of home schooling. Based on the 2001 French film, “Amelie” opened Monday at the Walter Kerr Theatre, and its ultra-shy heroine is waifish to the point of being a vanilla wafer. Craig Lucas’ confusing book never finds its focus, and offers quite a few beginnings until, finally, the waitress Amelie (“Hamilton” alum Phillipa Soo) watches TV to see the fatal car crash that took the life of Princess Diana. Amelie begins to imagine herself as the do-gooder princess, as opposed to the party-girl princess, which is unfortunate, because it takes nearly. »
- Robert Hofler
2 items from 2017
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