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"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." Full Review
"Soo almost single-handedly transforms this sugar-rich, gossamer adaptation of the popular French movie into an emotionally rewarding evening...The show does not condescend to the material, instead choosing to embrace its assorted oddities full-heartedly, even adding some of its own...MacKinnon’s status as a relative newcomer to musicals reveals itself in the somewhat cramped staging...Fortunately, front and center for most of the musical’s modest duration is the luminous Soo." Full Review
"A tepid take on a much bolder film. Suffering from a derivative score, it features a main character who doesn't seem fully present in her own story...Director MacKinnon does capture the playful editing of the movie with her cinematic and inventive production..Not an unpleasant way to spend two hours; it's just not that memorable. Between its blandly whimsical score and inoffensively quirky love story, we cannot shake the feeling that we've seen this show before." Full Review
“MacKinnon enhances the quirks of the oddball text, set to Messé's indie-style music, with a delightful array of surprising, slightly surreal visuals applied with a strong hand that keep the whimsy from floating out of control. Which is fortunate, because 'Amelie' tends to meander about a bit when it comes to storytelling and song placement…A low-key charmer. Phillipa Soo plays the young Parisian introvert with sly intelligence that welcomes you to her improvisational life.” Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"Blandly enjoyable...There’s nothing very much wrong with this musical. The book is affectionate; the songs are inarguably pleasant. But it’s tricky to build a show around a protagonist whose main trait is wistful passivity...This is not to diminish the efforts of Soo and the director, Pam MacKinnon...'Amélie' is the creme brulee of musicals – a little sweet, a little mild, but difficult to push away all the same." Full Review
"Director Pam MacKinnon proves she is as adept at staging enchanting adult fables as she is at enlivening dramas...The Gallic bon-bon features a sweet score by Daniel Messe and Nathan Tysen, a tidy book by Craig Lucas, and an enchanting lead performances by a spritely Phillipa Soo...A versatile ensemble delivering memorable work...At a fast 100 minutes, 'Amélie' is a sweet and tasty creme brûlée of a show." Full Review
“Amélie’ features a fine cast; clever, playful design; and a pleasing if unmemorable pop score…The colorful characters and fanciful subplots all felt part of the enchanting if ironic swirl on screen…The stage at the Walter Kerr, by contrast, feels crowded with details, distractions and digressions that are sometimes hard to follow…The musicalized vignettes are often presented like children’s theater run amok. The musical has a shorter running time than the movie, but it feels longer.” Full Review
“There's one indisputably great thing about ‘Amélie,’ and her name is Phillipa Soo…A faux French frolic that consists of nothing but the frothiest conceits and allegedly adorable oddballs, all tethered to a plot so inconsequential that a meringue would weigh it down…The songs often feel as skittish as Amélie…In its overreliance on a general mood of winsomeness, it can be something of a trial to sit through.” Full Review
“Stars Soo and Chanler-Berat can sing very well but you wouldn’t know it from the ungainly melodies they’re asked to tackle…The book is faithful to the movie in every detail except the one that matters: its spirit…They seem to have made the wrong choice at every turn...Soo does not display the star power that this role desperately needs. That’s not quite fair since no one could bring this story as written to life. Still, the charming Chanler-Berat does bring us in more.” Full Review
"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." Full Review
"Soo, looking stunning, gives a winning, seemingly effortless performance, and there are nice supporting turns from Adam Chanler-Berat as Amélie’s sensitive crush and Tony Sheldon as her elderly neighbor...You appreciate their hard work, but it doesn’t really come together...The soft pop score occasionally sounds pretty but is mostly unmemorable and derivative...The episodic structure leaves little in the way of advancing the plot. It’s got plenty of charm, but that only goes so far." Full Review
"Phillipa Soo is loaded with charm and knows how to use it to make the new musical 'Amélie' something more than it could ever be on its own...But Soo's shimmering central presence only amplifies the troubles around her. Bookwriter Craig Lucas, composer-lyricist Daniel Messé, lyricist Nathan Tysen, and director Pam MacKinnon may have been ultra faithful as far as the letter in escorting this quirky movie to the stage, but the underlying spirit is nowhere to be found." Full Review
“Vocally Soo is perfect…The problem is her journey is so banal that we don’t really care…Chanler-Berat has wonderful chemistry with Soo…The cast is all talented…The direction by MacKinnon is well done for what the material allows...The biggest problem here is nothing really happens and what does is like a Hallmark card without the substance…The music is monotonous…‘Amélie’ misses the complexity of a girl who has several layers to her.” Full Review
"Deeply disappointing...It's so painful to watch the very determined Soo, who is both an exceptionally capable actor and completely miscast here...The director needed to help Soo find a completely different path, but then there's not a lot of evidence here of a viably engaging theatrical path for this show overall, never mind one that Soo could herself take in...It's both afeared of the movie, trying to break away without quite knowing how, and ever more trapped within its memory." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"Soo's Amélie is certainly every bit as fresh faced as the Audrey Tautou was as the film's pixieish heroine...Mr. Lucas's book too has a good deal to recommend it...The problem is that the songs Nathan Tyson and Daniel Messe have given Ms. Soo to sing are not worthy of her beautiful voice...Welcome as the streamlined story is, it's likely to be more than a little confusing to anyone who hasn't seen the movie." Full Review
"It is very beautifully crafted...Phillipa Soo radiates the pretty charming Amélie from the moment she steps on stage...It’s a shame, as the talent is all there, each and every one working and giving us gold...but the songs and the story line are too sweet for their own good, blending together in a nice but slightly dull affair. Director Pam MacKinnon forgot to give us some kick to this tale, relying too heavily on Soo’s fantastic gifts, and the world’s connection to the film," Full Review
“Fluffy and sweet. And that’s about it...‘Amelie’ is a delectable world of whimsy and joy but the overall execution is mediocre at best. You want to root for ‘Amelie,’ both the character and the show, but it often gets in its own way…The score was very much the Achilles’ heel of the production…Soo is delightful…But the character gave her little to play with so her full potential didn’t shine through…‘Amelie’ is a middle of the pack musical. It’s not great, but it’s not bad." Full Review
"Craig Lucas’ confusing book never finds its focus...Soo and Chanler-Berat don’t overact, but then they’re not asked to do very much or given much reason for us to watch them...Nothing is heavier than whimsy when it doesn’t float...The songwriters’ aim is admirable...Their lyrics are intelligent, and Messe’s music is amiable. But being merely not offensive is not good enough with a story so thin." Full Review
"More original than most adventures dared in the commercial theater. To original, alas, please add heedlessly whimsical, precious and so fragile we can almost hear it squish under the boot of hard-driving Broadway crowds rushing elsewhere...Soo has an enchanting open face and a creamy voice with enviable breath control and, as Amelie, she dashes around Paris with her chin literally up." Full Review
"The only thing that is crystal clear for most of 'Amelie' is that it lacks any consistency of tone or vision, a rather surprising omission considering the skills of director MacKinnon. What the show fortunately does have is the perfect actress in the role of Amelie...Soo possesses a rare combination of intelligence, intensity and basic likability...The show’s supporting cast is also stocked with top-notch performers, but few really get the opportunity to make much of an impression." Full Review
See it if you're a fan of the movie, or a fan of Phillipa Soo. The show is cute and creative, and the performers are excellent.
Don't see it if you're looking for a particularly memorable show with songs that will stick with you.
See it if you enjoy charming shows that don't require much thought and lovely performances.
Don't see it if you like your shows to have believable plots and dislike sweet and fluffy stories. Or if you want it to be identical to the movie.
See it if You loved the movie and will appreciate references to it. You love Phillipa Soo. You enjoy off-the-wall storytelling with great humour.
Don't see it if You prefer a longer musical (this one has no interval.) You have not seen the movie and may not follow/appreciate the quirky references.
See it if You want to see a dazzling production lead by an exquisite leading performance and clever direction.
Don't see it if You're looking for a stronger central plot - the core story is a little flimsy, like the movie it's based on.
See it if you love Phillippa Soo, the original film, and shows focused on optimism, whimsy, and a character given ensemble.
Don't see it if you like a show with a bit more meat on its book-bones, or a show with highly developed characters and subplots.
See it if If you are a fan of Phillipa Soo or loved the movie.
Don't see it if you don't like whimsical productions or have a problem with constricted leg room. I am short,my knees were almost touching the seat in front
See it if you enjoyed the movie or want to see Philippa Soo. You're interested in a musical full of whimsy and charm. You love quirky characters.
Don't see it if you prefer something serious or fast-paced (the second half felt slow). You hated the movie.
See it if A delight to see Philippa Soo play Amelie. It retains its charms but the writing does not make you care for the characters so much.
Don't see it if Fluffy and surrealistic subject matter is not for you.
See it if you love Phillipa Soo, enjoyed the movie or like charming, quirky love stories. It is a great cast and a fun time.
Don't see it if you dislike sweet, but slightly peculiar stories and characters.
See it if A beautiful pop score well-sung is enough to get through the twee antics of Amelie. Movie was visually original; show is colorful but dull.
Don't see it if You hated the movie. Musical did not enhance the absence of interest in the main characters and the love story flounders. Nothing engages U.
See it if 2(adults) + 2(teens): adults (didn't grab us but P Soo nice voice); teens: LOVED it: Thank you for taking us! Philippa Soo!!
Don't see it if didn't find it to be "light-hearted" (rather, compensatory tralala). Our teens connected to theme of emotional struggle to keep the faith.
See it if You are a huge fan of Philippa Soo. She does not disappoint. Looking for a Quirky play, with
Don't see it if You are not into quirky shows. Show story feels rushed and incoherent. Not a good adaptation. Cast was great but something was missing.
See it if You want a cute, sweet show with a slow-to-boil romance and quirky characters.
Don't see it if You want the whimsy & Frenchness of the movie. Not a fan of forgettable, generic pop musical theater. Show isn't bad but it is a bit boring.
See it if You can handle really cliched/fluffy musicals, want to see the movie in musical form, love Phillipa Soo. It's pretty mediocre
Don't see it if You value depth, substance, good lyrics or want to leave the theater reflecting on important issues