Opens Apr 03

Amelie

Members say: Delightful, Quirky, Enchanting, Disappointing, Great singing
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The five-time Oscar-nominated film comes to Broadway in a magical new musical starring Phillipa Soo ('Hamilton,' 'The Great Comet') and directed by Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon ('Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?').

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Embark on a mesmerizing journey with shy but inquisitive Amélie as she turns the streets of Montmartre into a world of her own imagining, while secretly orchestrating moments of joy for those around her. With a book by Pulitzer Prize and Tony nominee Craig Lucas ('The Light in the Piazza'), music by Daniel Messé and lyrics by Nathan Tysen & Messé.

 
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Reviews (105)

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68
Avg Score

75
Los Angeles Times

for a previous production "The musical adaptation reinvents the movie’s frolicsome charm…Soo seems to be relying at this point more on her presence than her acting. Soo’s Amélie is shy, beautiful, genial — and a little bland. The character’s individual contours aren’t fully drawn yet…But these quibbles likely won’t keep you from getting swept up in the fun of this larky show…And every time Soo opens her mouth to sing, the stars in Paris’ night sky shine brighter." Full Review

60
Perez Hilton

for a previous production "Like Audrey Tautou's hair in the film, the new 'Amélie' musical is cute. Charming goes a long way but without more it's not enough to ignite passion or excitement in theatergoers. The show's music, written by Daniel Messé is serviceable but lacks grandness. A lot of that probably had to do with the rather pedestrian musical direction from Kimberly Grigbsy...Thankfully Amélie is worth seeing if for no other reason than Phillipa Soo…Her skills are powerful and plentiful!" Full Review

40
Haines His Way

for a previous production "All their love and dedication has failed to capture the intrinsic whimsical charm of the film...The creators haven’t committed fully, staying somewhat in a neutral, realistic space that this piece doesn’t quite work in…'Amelie' is sure to disappoint fans of the film and just confuse and alienate newcomers…Soo is charming and carries the show and the cast manages to make the most of their time…The score does sound pretty much the same from beginning to end with no real standout." Full Review

55
Stage and Cinema

for a previous production "This whimsical world is populated by a consistently outstanding cast...Director Pam McKinnon has created a rich tapestry composed of wonderful characters and inventive staging…The film’s episodic nature doesn’t translate well...Not one of these oddball characters has a strong through-line. As such, our central heroine lacks a much-needed dramatic arc and the musical lacks a thrust…And while so much of the score sounds lovely, most of the songs aren’t particularly memorable." Full Review

80
The Hollywood Reporter

for a previous production "A lovingly crafted confection, impressive in its execution and endearing in its simplicity…Carrying a show on her shoulders for the first time, Soo delivers with a requisite charm that is sweet but never saccharine…The only things French about 'Amelie' are the names and places. It may sound like sacrilege when you consider the distinctly French flavor of the Jean-Pierre Jeunet movie, but this adaptation only emphasizes how universal is the need to touch, and be touched by others." Full Review

85
Stage Scene LA

for a previous production "Romance and whimsy reign supreme…Composer Messé’s melodies could not be more melodious, an absolute must in a musical almost entirely sung, and so are Bruce Coughlin’s orchestrations…Under Pam MacKinnon’s light-as-a-soufflé direction, leading lady Soo makes for a simply entrancing Amélie, who in Chanler-Berat’s nerdy-dreamy charmer of a Nino has met her perfect leading-man match." Full Review

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Entertainment Weekly

for a previous production "Though the show collectively adds up to a wondrous little bauble of innocuous magic, its individual pieces could use a little polish... Amelie herself doesn’t register as particularly quirky or endearing; she’s more aloof and disconcerting…Composer Messé and co-lyricist Tysen have crafted a mostly sung-through show that sounds perfectly pleasant but lacks layers and memorable melodies...Sweet and silly, but safe. Tender, but just on the cusp of touching." Full Review

65
Variety

for a previous production "While it’s practically impossible not to love a singing version of the whimsical pixie — especially when played by ‘Hamilton’ breakout Phillipa Soo — her quest for romance simply doesn’t translate…Is it cute? Yes, of course. Is it clever, poignant, or profound? While the urge to pinch her cheeks remains practically irresistible, the desire to share in Amélie Poulain’s adventures proves considerably less compelling…Soo is pretty much the main reason to see the show." Full Review

80
On Stage Blog

for a previous production "’Amelie’ is a feast for the senses, with a bold, whimsical color scheme, innovative sets, and a fantastical feel…The music is pleasant and airy…The songs, while enjoyable, are ultimately unmemorable…The production is perfectly cast…While it is ultimately very pleasing, there are some structural elements that could still be ironed out…Minor issues aside, this musical seems well on its way to success…It is hard to imagine not being charmed by the atmosphere the show creates." Full Review

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Stage Raw

for a previous production "Soo boasts a lovely voice and a radiant presence. But her ease and grace don’t quite jibe with the awkward and painfully shy character as it is written. Adam Chanler-Berat as Amélie’s love interest Nino delivers a strong performance, and together they display a nice chemistry…The play succeeds best when it fully commits itself to its whimsy and wonder. Otherwise we can look at this as a successful — if not wholly original — love story between two dreamers." Full Review

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74
Avg Score

90
During previews
Beautiful, Enchanting, Refreshing, Great music, Great staging

See it if you're tired of overblown nonsense on Broadway and want to see a refreshingly fantastical yet honest weird little show.

Don't see it if you don't like shows that some might consider "twee" and prefer a slick machine of a show that leaves no room to breathe.

72
During previews
Even the brilliant phillipa soo cannot save this meh musical

See it if show is whimsical and light-hearted; Soo and the actress playing her younger self are delightful

Don't see it if musical not capture essential zaniness & novelty that made Amelie movie so fresh & appealing; slight show does not register w audience

Also As others have mentioned, the movie was "cinematic" (e.g., captured Pa... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Disappointing, Charming

See it if You want some fluff. It's all lovely but left me with the feeling that it should have been more...that there were many missed opportunities.

Don't see it if You expect the same magic as the movie.

30
During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Fluffy, Mawkish

See it if you seek a toothless, simple love story with nothing to think about or challenge you; you enjoy Phillipa Soo's lovely voice.

Don't see it if you're a fan of the great film upon which this is based. You'll be disappointed that all of the charm, quirkiness & originality are missing.

68
During previews
Romantic, Indulgent, Banal, Cliched, Slow

See it if You want to see Phillips Soo. You enjoy fluffy comedies with no memorable music.

Don't see it if You are looking for a blockbuster superb and memorable musical. This is instantly forgettable !

62
During previews
Quirky, Indulgent, Banal, Overrated, Clever staging

See it if your tickets are comps - other than a clever set design and staging I can't begin to suggest a reason.

Don't see it if you want a special Broadway evening. All small shows aren't disappointing (think about the spectacular "Come From Away") but this one is.

60
During previews
Disappointing, Unfocused, Low energy, Poor direction

See it if You are a huge fan of Soo, but even then you might be disappointed. Fails to capture the magic of the movie.

Don't see it if Found it to be an unfocused mess with no clear direction. The songs are downers & no eleven o'clock number. Comes off very low energy.

Also It's OK to not replicate the movie if it were to have a clear directio... Read more Read less

62
During previews
Boring, Depressing, Derivative, Banal, Disappointing

See it if you want to see Philippa Soo in a really bad wig playing a damaged character. (don't expect the girl in the poster to be in the show)

Don't see it if you are a fan of the movie. "ZERO" of the whimsical of it. Derivative music, depressing lyrics, sad sets, banal unromantic story.

Also This is not to movie by any stretch.... Read more Read less

71
During previews
Enchanting, Banal, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if you want some quirky, fun & light (Ms. Soo's voice too) entertainment & keep your expectations low. Great, fun, theatrical sets/lighting.

Don't see it if you want a meaningful or transformational theater experience. Or even just a solid musical theater one.

Also A number of delightful moments but perhaps not enough to float the boa... Read more Read less

68
During previews
Enchanting, Quirky, Fluffy, Whimsical

See it if you are looking for a very light-hearted, charming musical. It's cute, simple, and sweet with interesting set and costumes

Don't see it if The material doesn't lend itself to complexity so it feels like it's striking the same chord in both the book and score. Not too memorable

65
During previews
Disappointing, Overrated, Blah music, Trying too hard to be quirky, Cheap looking sets & costumes

See it if You're a fan of Phillipa Soo. You're a complete-ist & want to see everything on Broadway.

Don't see it if You want memorable music. You've see the movie: this is a pale adaptation. You want to see authentic quirky: the quirk is forced here.

67
During previews
Uninspiring, Cute, Not enchanting enough, Phillipa soo = reason to see, Film = better medium for story

See it if Phillipa Soo, whimsy, goldfish, gnomes, adult entertainment shops, payphones, photo booths are elements that speak entertainment to you

Don't see it if you like the film or you dislike whimsy as the driving factor, or you prefer a musical that has higher stakes

69
During previews
Disappointing, Forgettable

See it if you are a fan of Phillipa Soo. She's super cute in this.

Don't see it if you are a fan of the movie. This lacks all the magic the movie had.

Also This show is just utterly forgettable. It's not bad, it's fine. It is ... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Funny, Delightful, Quirky, Charming, Great cast

See it if you want a whimsical & fun musical & great character development. The music & orchestration are just as charming as the cast & book.

Don't see it if you want a serious musical or will not or cannot separate your love for movie from the musical. You WILL be disappointed if that's the case.

59
During previews
Boring, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you're a fan of Phillipa Soo and will enjoy her singing boring music. There are a few charming/funny moments in the show & the cast is good.

Don't see it if You are expecting to be charmed. The music was blah & the staging was disappointing.

Also Considering that Amelie is supposed to be quirky and imaginative, the ... Read more Read less

27
During previews
Indulgent, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Overrated

See it if For Philippa Soo. I saw her in Hamilton but was very disappointed by this show. Obviously she is a fantastic but this show is not.

Don't see it if I did not find it charming or entertaining. This is an example where no intermission is terrible: an hour and 40 minutes and no escape!

Also There is a strange unfunny and unkind depiction of Elton John. WHY?... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Disappointing, Entertaining, Sweet

See it if you love Phillipa Soo and/or the French film. The child who played young Amelie was very cute with a great voice and Phillipa was lovely.

Don't see it if you're expecting to be wowed or to remember the songs. Very sweet and whimsical but didn't pack a punch.

90
During previews
Enchanting, Exquisite, Romantic, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if If you like a beautifully crafted and heartfelt love story with phenomenal performances, lighting, staging, and music.

Don't see it if If you don't like simple romantic stories. This is a beautifully done love story. There are other aspects. But the main focus is the romance

84
During previews
Clever, Quirky, Romantic, Great staging, Strong ensemble

See it if you enjoyed Waitress and Matilda - engaging, lots of clever visual effects and catchy songs. Not a heavy plot line, light entertainment.

Don't see it if you're looking for an intense story line; you don't appreciate quick transitional scenes as opposed to deeper character development.

85
During previews
Delightful, Enchanting, Refreshing, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a talented cast, especially Phillipa Soo & Adam Chandler Beat.Also a really nice musical.

Don't see it if N/A

72
During previews
Quirky, Romantic, Disappointing, Charming, Lacked spark

See it if Story about isolated, introverted woman in Paris searching for love & connection. This tried hard to be quirky & cute - but lacked spark.

Don't see it if I found the plot confusing & hard to decipher. Sorry to say I think the lovely Phillippa Soo lacked the necessary quirky magnetism here.

76
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You like small, quirky musicals or charming adaptations of a favorite movie. Also if you like a well-blended cast.

Don't see it if you want to see something serious or of major importance. this is fluff and charm

69
During previews
Ambitious, Quirky, Romantic, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you like Phillipa Soo and want to see a cute whimsical show without any memorable music.

Don't see it if you want a show that stays with you after you leave the theater.

75
During previews
Delightful, Disappointing, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if ...you want to see everything Phillipa Soo does. Clever staging. Entertaining. Light-hearted. The audience seemed smitten.

Don't see it if ...you prefer musicals with depth and a score you leave the theater humming. Unmemorable. The Elton Johnesque number was pointless.

65
During previews
Quirky, Disappointing, Slow, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you like the movie, good singing, long drawn out plots, a few quirky cute moments, you identify w/shy, scared introverts, Phillipa Soo,

Don't see it if you're easily bored, like a faster paced show, didn't like the movie, prefer an intermission, like unmemorable music, can see another show

Also While the acting and singing were good and the sets nice, the story it... Read more Read less