Amelie - A New Musical Original Broadway Cast Recording
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Tony® nominee Phillipa Soo returns to Broadway in AMÉLIE, a new musical based on the beloved five-time Oscar®-nominated film, and "an enchanting act of theatrical reinvention” (Los Angeles Times).
Amélie is an extraordinary young woman who lives quietly in the world, but loudly in her mind. She covertly improvises small, but surprising acts of kindness that bring joy and mayhem. But when a chance at love comes her way, Amélie realizes that to find happiness she’ll have to risk everything and say what’s in her heart. Come be inspired by this imaginative dreamer who finds her voice, discovers the power of connection and sees possibility around every corner. In these uncertain times, Amélie is someone to believe in.
Directed by Tony winner Pam MacKinnon (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), with a book by Pulitzer Prize and Tony nominee Craig Lucas (The Light in the Piazza) and an original score by Daniel Messé and Nathan Tysen, AMÉLIE is a heartwarming comedy that "proves that the world is better when we’re all in it together” (Paste Magazine).
“Pure Joy!”- Entertainment Weekly
“Phillipa Soo is wondeful and luminous!”......“The luminous Phillipa Soo radiates soulful magic!”-Charles Isherwood, Broadway News
“An unabashed crowd pleaser!”-Entertainment Weekly
“Gorgeous and Vibrant!”- The Huffington Post
“The word luminous gets tossed around a lot, but when it comes to describing Phillipa Soo onstage, no other adjective will do.” –Adam Green, Vogue Magazine
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Both young Amelie and the talented Philippa Soo do an excellent job of singing the Amelie part, once even together in the same song. There are only 8 musicians, so there is a small-scale aspect to this musical that contributes to the gentle sound that is predominantly created. There are no big production numbers here and few fast-paced songs. 50 years ago this would have worked wonderfully, but tender romances and their music do not sell well today versus the rock music of the 21st century. Having grown up with “Brigadoon” and “Finian’s Rainbow”, I am sure that, like those, I will not tire of listening to this “Amelie” recording.
There are some nice moments musically, but I can see why the production closed. It's just too optimistic and happy for a jaded post-Hillary loss electorate (i.e., NYC) crowd.