Getting to see Amélie

I am so glad I had a chance to Amélie. During my internship, I’d met the director, Pam McKinnon, lead producer Aaron Harnick and Associate Producer Stephanie Cowan. They were all very passionate about the production. I am a big fan of the movie, having seen it in the theater and many times on my very own VHS of the movie that inspired the Broadway musical. I was curious to see what the musical looked and sounded liked and I wanted to support the company. The morning of May 21, I told my s.o. that I wanted to go to matinee and bless his heart, he said go. Meaning he would watch our offspring so I could see the show. (He did say I had to be back in time so he could watch the return of Twin Peaks. Fair enough to me!) With a Sunday 1500 matinee and a 1234 train to GCT train from Stamford, the timing was just right. And so was the ticket price. I showed up at the Box Office at 1400 and bought a front row Orchestra left ticket for $69.50 just before a group of four walked in to buy the last remaining of the tickets, too. All the rush tickets were sold, but I definitely got a great deal and a great seat! Amélie was such a great show that touched my heart and imagination. I found it to be whimsical and funny with a lot of heart. Phillipa Soo alone was worth seeing, like a captivating songbird taking us on an adventure accompanied by the her younger self played by the amazing Savvy Crawford. Everyone in the ensemble cast was excellent. I loved the songs and the lyrics carried the story nicely. The production had a lot of heart and it was a perfect Sunday afternoon for me. If you have a chance to catch this show on tour, be a do-gooder and go! For just under two hours without an intermission, the play moved fast, fluttering like the title character herself, had many very nice, sweet surprises and made it very easy to fall into the imaginary world created by McKinnon, the cast, crew and producers. The storybook musical was bookended nicely by the orchestra tucked into the murals on the walls and ceiling of the Jujamcyn-owned Walter Kerr Theatre. It was a wonderful experience and I was so happy to see the last performance before closing. I wholeheartedly believe it should have run for more. I look forward to seeing what is next from the creative team that brought the production to the Broadway stage. Bravo! See what you missed here: and remember to buy a cast album to hear the dream.


Author: rachelsbroadwayblog

I'm an intern in New York City.

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