The 2001 French Film ‘Amelie’ was an incredible hit, and now fans can follow that experience to Broadway thanks to Composer Dan Messe. Joining Messe on the project will be playwright Craig Lucas and co-lyricist Nathan Tysen.
Details are still slim at this point though Messe confirmed the project earlier today on his band’s ‘HEM’ Facebook page. The post states, “So not the best kept secret, but still I’m happy to announce that I’ve been commissioned to adapt the film Amelie for Broadway.” The message was quickly replied to from other members of the ensemble including Craig Lucas and co-lyricist Nathan Tysen stating, “Can’t wait to share it with you!”
The original blockbuster starred Audrey Tautou as Amelie and was directed by the very talented Jean-Pierre Jeunet. The film itself won five Oscars, and took in over $33 million in the U.S. with a worldwide total of almost $174 million. The band HEM has worked with Broadway in the past, Gary Maurer and Steve Curtis of the band helped composed the original score and songs for the Public Theater’s 2009 Shakespeare in the Park production of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, which starred Anne Hathaway, Audra McDonald and Raul Esparza and was highly praised.
More information on the musical will be released as we get closer to production.