Adapted from the multi award-winning film, Amélie The Musical is brought to the stage. Playing at The Alexandra until 27 July, this beautiful show gives a snapshot into Parisian life. Following the story of the shy Amélie Poulain, the audience are taken on a heart-warming journey through her early life, growing up, moving away, helping others and discovering love.
The ensemble comprises of sixteen multi-talented actor-musicians, who fill the stage with their glorious voices and exceptional musicianship. With music by Daniel Messé and lyrics by Nathan Tysen and Daniel Messé, there are some touching, intimate moments in this well-crafted musical.
Set against a stunning, dynamic set - designed by Madeleine Girling - you are instantly immersed in Amélie’s world. The ‘lampshade’ moments are particularly wonderful and the accessible, multi-faceted set allows the pace of the show to never drop.
Under the direction of Michael Fentiman, there is never a dull moment. With many of the cast filling the scenes, whether as musicians, actors, singers (or all three!) there is a real slickness to the delivery of the show. Alongside this, the lighting design from Elliot Griggs and sound design from Tom Marshall combine together to create some truly striking moments.
Performances of note included Caolan McCarthy as Hopolito/Elton John, he brought warmth and humour to his roles and brilliantly led the closing number of the first act, Goodbye Amélie. Meanwhile, Danny Mac impressed as Nino and Jez Unwin excelled as Amélie’s germaphobe, retiring father Raphael.
However, it was Audrey Brisson in the titular role who brought the entire show to life. You could hear a pin-drop by the end of the show and when she sat down and played the piano - that really was a moment.
The story is quite simple and quaint, but the production is a thing of beauty. Reminiscent of Come From Away and Once, its the music and musicians that rightfully take centre-stage.
Ending with the enchanting Where Do We Go From Here, well, you go and buy a ticket…
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