"One of the best musicals of the season with a charming book by Craig Lucas and a tuneful, delightful score, better than any Tony-nominated score except, perhaps 'Dear Evan Hansen.' The small-scale production is visually witty and perfect for the tone of the material...What was most impressive is that the production caught the offbeat quality of the film without being the least bit heavy-handed." 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
"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
“While something innately French has been lost in translation, 'Amélie' is a winsome musical (not cloying) with a solid cast...Staging is appealingly fanciful...This is an eminently tender production…Phillipa Soo has a splendid voice and comfortable presence…Songs are undistinguished but play well at the time…Director Pam MacKinnon utilizes the whole of a large set with creativity and joie de vive.” Full Review
"As dainty and delectable as a well-cooked soufflé, the new stage musical 'Amélie' is a feather-light confection of pure charm...In a perfect match of material and star, Phillipa Soo takes on the title role...Daniel Messé and Nathan Tysen have crafted a gorgeous set of lilting melodies that are highly enjoyable at first listen...'Amélie' is a lightweight affair, but its message of pursuing human connections remains a salient one." Full Review
"The show is a quirky-sweet creampuff that breezily imports much of the original’s off-kilter charm, even as it inevitably loses some of its je ne sais quoi...MacKinnon keeps it all moving along briskly, winnowing down the movie’s sprawl to theater-size and making room for fresh flights of fancy...If any one thing feels lost in the transfer from screen to stage, it’s the pathos that pinned the film’s whimsy to steadier ground." 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
“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
“Playwright/librettist Craig Lucas works his magic here. I was also quite taken with Nathan Tysen's smart and quirky lyrics…If I wished the music had a little more French verve to it, OK. Not a deal breaker for me, but just a little bit would've been nice…If your tolerance for quirk and whimsy is low, 'Amelie' might not be the show for you...Mainly, I just let myself go with the gentle charms of ‘Amelie’…Soo is simply delightful in the show…It was sweet, wistful, and charming.” 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
"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
"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
"Soo shows that she has a good voice, is engaging and able to energize a production. The show itself...is pleasant but rambling without igniting the excitement needed to lift a musical to Broadway heights...The supporting cast is solid, with some good vocal turns sprinkled throughout, and some may appreciate the musical for its good-natured ambiance. However, seeing Soo as a new and pleasing star is the production’s main attraction." Full Review
"Your preciousness threshold may well be tested with 'Amelie'...The musical adapts the film into a quirky operetta—with lots of emo-drenched pop/rock/Broadway sounds by Daniel Messe and Nathan Tysen...Pam MacKinnon’s direction keeps things clever and charming...Phillipa Soo doesn’t overplay or underline the cuteness. The result is an oddity that is best when it goes for flat-out satire." Full Review
"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
"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
"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
“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
"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
“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
"Despite plenty of talent onstage and off, 'Amélie, A New Musical' is a series of playful moments that don’t add up to a memorable musical. What it does have going for it is a spirited cast of 13, including enchanting star Phillipa Soo...While the musical bounces along at such a clip, there’s never time for tension to build...Heart is something this show abounds with, but the music suffers from Broadway-fied orchestrations and a certain sameyness." Full Review
“'Amélie’ must make do with the bland and serviceable score of Messé and Tysen. Direction by MacKinnon at top-notch speed is helpful in keeping the one-act 90-minute musical alive, but its breathless pace only made me feel it was staged that way to prevent us from dwelling on the plot…Soo is a refreshing presence on stage…There is nothing ‘wrong’ with ‘Amélie the Musical.’ It just never soars. It never involves us, never really surprises.” Full Review
"Whimsy is an elusive quality to capture in the Broadway vernacular of today...The result is an enterprise that is never cloying but never totally engaging. It certainly has its entertaining, even inspired moments, and you can admire the dedication and proficiency of the 13-person cast...Poignancy and grace—as well as a little touch of French jauntiness in its score—are elements that 'Amélie' could use more of, along with its inherited whimsy." Full Review
“The production team has captured a surprising quirkiness that's often wonderful. But when the musical attempts to explore real feelings—loneliness, isolation, fear—the glow dims. It's not terrible. It's just meh. Part of the trouble is that Phillipa Soo, who plays Amélie, often feels chilly and remote. Amélie is trapped in her head, but instead of letting us in, Soo's sprite pushes us away…The blurry ballads don't play to Soo's power pop vocal strength.” Full Review
"It's a tenderly drawn, small story, but it feels out of place amid the bombast and bigger effects that Broadway usually trades in. Pam MacKinnon's production is sweet and full of charm but it makes no lasting impression. The same is true of Daniel Messe and Nathan Tysen's score...It's not Phillipa Soo and Adam Chanler-Berat's fault that the material isn't in the same league as their earlier hit shows, and that charm only goes so far." Full Review
See it if You loved the movie Amélie, or ant an exquisite magical experience it's humor, great music, charm, and phenomenal staging with great acting!
Don't see it if You want to listen to the bad critics reviews, show should have been a smash hit!
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.
See it if you enjoy quirky and fun character-driven musicals, or are simply looking for an enchanting theater experience
Don't see it if you dislike whimsicality or want a real-life story.
See it if You like quirky, whimsical shows. This show managed to be sweet and funny without being over the top.
Don't see it if You're looking for something serious. If you didn't like the movie, don't let that stop you! I didn't, and I loved this musical.
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.
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
See it if You love Phillipa Soo or if you love romantic stories set in NYC. Also, if you love being able to connect to the characters.
Don't see it if You don't like romantic stories set in NYC.
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.
See it if you want a feel good, cute, inspiring show; if you want a mix between pop(ish) music and classic musical theater.
Don't see it if you only like really traditional theater, like Phantom. This show is ambitious, yet still delightful.
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.
Get alerts about your favorite artists and theater companies