Amelie
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Amelie NYC Reviews and Tickets

75%
(778 Ratings)
Positive
70%
Mixed
24%
Negative
6%
Members say
Quirky, Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting

About the Show

Based on the beloved 2001 Oscar-nominated movie, this new musical stars Phillipa Soo ('Hamilton') and is directed by Tony winner Pam MacKinnon ('Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?').

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Show-Score Member Reviews (778)

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52 Reviews | 14 Followers
97
Clever, Delightful, Exquisite, Great singing, Quirky

See it if you enjoy color, vibrance, indie-sounding musical scores, and the vocal chops of Phillipa Soo and Adam Chanler-Berat.

Don't see it if you expect a carbon-copy of the French film or if you are in the mood for something more commercial and less artistic.

133 Reviews | 36 Followers
95
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite

See it if you loved the movie! This imaginative take brings it to life. The music is lovely; the visuals are key. A whimsical, black comedy, rom-com!

Don't see it if if you didn't like the movie, whimsy, quirky characters or fairytales. No 'Some Enchanted Evening,' songs (and visuals) move plot. Read more

236 Reviews | 47 Followers
95
Great staging, Great singing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if You like the movie and love stories

Don't see it if You dislike whimsical theater, or musicals

65 Reviews | 8 Followers
95
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Romantic, Enchanting

See it if You loved the movie or love stories about boy meets girl or you love stories about overcoming your fears!

Don't see it if You don't like musicals made from talkies or romance

106 Reviews | 17 Followers
95
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Great singing, Romantic

See it if you liked the movie. Even if you didn't like the movie or haven't seen it, it's a very cute and whimsical show with great Phillipa Soo.

Don't see it if you're looking for a dark story or activist theater.

122 Reviews | 23 Followers
94
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you liked the movie

Don't see it if you didn't like the movie

89 Reviews | 10 Followers
93
Enchanting, Great singing, Romantic, Heart-warming

See it if You want to have an uplifting, lovely time in the theater.

Don't see it if You love the movie. I haven't seen it but according to my friend it wasn't a very faithful adaptation.

290 Reviews | 92 Followers
92
Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if If would like to see a BIG HEARTED musical story about something the entire world is searching for. LOVE. Here, you will find it!

Don't see it if If you want big, big musicals. This one has a gentle, sweet message.

Critic Reviews (64)

The New York Times
April 3rd, 2017

"It is pleasant to look at, easy to listen to and oddly recessive. It neither offends nor enthralls...'Amélie' the musical seems to have no nationality, or sensibility, to call its own...All credit to this show’s creative team, overseen by the director Pam MacKinnon, for giving coherent life to a tale that exists as much in Amélie’s imagination as in anywhere else...That the show’s creators are aware of the potential dangers of cloying cuteness probably accounts for its seeming so subdued."
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Time Out New York
April 3rd, 2017

"During this promising but never delivering musical fantasy, you can easily (and frequently) dream up ways the creative team might have better turned the 2001 film into a stage event that didn’t cloy and harden into static quirk halfway through...Book writer Lucas and songwriters Messé and Tysen are at pains to articulate a singable emotional center of the source while staying true to its careening, cinematic narrative. The two duties ultimately cancel each other out."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
April 3rd, 2017

"Amélie the character and thus 'Amélie' the show remain alluringly, maddeningly remote...When a narrative is held together by tone instead of the working out of interpersonal conflict...there’s no bright line between what’s pertinent and what isn’t...As a result, MacKinnon’s staging, which has little choice but to underline the aesthetic, develops a bad case of nonspecific where-the-heck-is-this?, often leaving the audience more amused than informed."
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The Wall Street Journal
April 6th, 2017

"It is clear how little concern there is here for the wry Truffaut-esque wit of the 2001 film...The musical is so full of stage business that the main impression is of tumult, which is more evocative of Times Square than Paris...There are so many misjudgments of taste and style in the first two-thirds of the show that I was becoming immensely sympathetic to Amélie’s desire to avoid excessive human contact...Most songs were bland and mildly tuneful."
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Deadline
April 3rd, 2017

"I had the luxury of seeing 'Amélie' twice, and I admit to finding its charms more readily revealed on second viewing, The score, for one thing, is more sophisticated than a single hearing suggests, and perhaps more cunning...The authors, along with MacKinnon, avoid gratuitous winking, trusting both 'Amélie' and Amélie to work their charms. You’ll buy it, or you won’t. By the end, I was a bit in love, even if – as so often is the case with the real thing – it wasn’t at first sight."
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New York Daily News
April 3rd, 2017

"The Broadway musical adaptation is simply pleasant—at least when it isn't plodding...Virtually all signs of Frenchness are gone in director MacKinnon’s staging...Soo is lovely and her crystalline singing has every bit as much pull as Tautou’s big brown peepers. If only Messé and Tysen had given Soo something outstanding to sing...'Times are hard for dreamers,' the heroine observes. The same goes for audiences dreaming that this show would transcend, or even match, the movie."
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Variety
April 3rd, 2017

"It’s almost mandatory to have seen the movie if you hope to follow the erratic events of Craig Lucas’s twee book...Soo's lovely voice isn’t enough to animate the character...As listlessly played by Adam Chanler-Berat, Nino is a case study in vapidity...Messe’s music is emphatically insipid, with zero flavor of Paris, and the songs keep landing in awkward moments...In the end, it’s just wearying, looking for some logic in all this relentless whimsy."
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The Hollywood Reporter
April 3rd, 2017

"This grating stage musical takes the slenderest of romances and drowns it in cartoonish quirks in place of genuine warmth or feeling...Moments that don't cry out to be musicalized get slathered in song, while others where music might have helped go unsung...With more swinging doors than most farces, this is a show that manages to be simultaneously frenetic and inert...The talented cast fights a losing battle to give these annoyingly artificial characters life."
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