(New York, NY) Producers today announced complete casting for the upcoming Broadway production of AMÉLIE, A NEW MUSICAL.
David Andino, Randy Blair, Heath Calvert, Alison Cimmet, Savvy Crawford, Manoel Felciano, Harriett D. Foy, Alyse Alan Louis, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Tony Sheldon, Paul Whitty, Emily Afton and Jacob Keith Watson will join previously announced Tony Award nominee Phillipa Soo and Adam Chanler-Berat. The full company will reprise their roles from Center Theatre Group’s production at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles (December 4, 2016 – January 15, 2017).
Directed by Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), AMÉLIE features a book by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award nominee Craig Lucas (The Light in the Piazza), music by Daniel Messé and lyrics by Nathan Tysen & Messé, and musical staging and choreography by Sam Pinkleton.
AMÉLIE, A NEW MUSICAL will begin performances on Broadway on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 W 48th Street) and officially open Monday, April 3, 2017.
In 2015, AMÉLIE, A NEW MUSICAL had its critically acclaimed world premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, which topped “Best Theater of 2015” lists in the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle.
AMÉLIE is the new Broadway musical based on the beloved five-time Oscar®-nominated film.
Shy Amélie lives quietly in the world, but loudly in her mind… where life is filled with mischievous adventures, a garden gnome can be a world traveler, a goldfish can be her dearest friend and true love is as magical as she imagines. Longing to connect with others, Amélie covertly improvises small, but extraordinary acts of kindness that bring happiness to those around her. But everything changes when she becomes captivated by a mysterious young photographer. Gathering the courage to follow her heart, she embarks on her biggest adventure yet—a journey out of her imagination and into his arms.
AMÉLIE arrives on Broadway in a heart-lifting and delightfully imagined production that captures all the quirky wonder of the film… no subtitles required!
AMÉLIE, A NEW MUSICAL has scenic and costume design by Tony Award winner David Zinn, co-lighting design by Tony Award nominee Jane Cox and Mark Barton, sound design by Tony Award nominee Kai Harada, projection design by Drama Desk Award winner Peter Nigrini, musical direction by Kimberly Grigsby, vocal arrangements by Kimberly Grigsby and Daniel Messé, and orchestrations by Tony Award winner Bruce Coughlin.
AMÉLIE, A NEW MUSICAL is produced on Broadway by Aaron Harnick, Triptyk Studios, Spencer Ross and Executive Produced by Harbor Entertainment.
ABOUT THE CAST
PHILLIPA SOO (Amélie) originated the role of Amélie in the workshop productions of Amélie, A New Musical, and is best known for her lead role ‘Eliza Schuyler Hamilton’ in Broadway’s critically acclaimed Hamilton, which she joined shortly after its inception. The role garnered her the Lucille Lortel Award in 2015 for Lead Actress in a Musical during the shows sold-out run at The Public Theater before heading to Broadway. The role has also earned her a 2016 Tony Award nomination in the category of “Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical.” After graduating from Juilliard in 2012, Soo was cast as ‘Natasha Rostova’ in the Ars Nova production of Dave Malloy’s Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, based on Leo Tolstoy’s War & Peace; the show went on to transfer Off-Broadway to Kazino. Previously on the small screen, Soo appeared on the NBC television series “Smash” in the role of Lexi.
ADAM CHANLER-BERAT (Nino) starred in the world premiere of Amélie, A New Musical at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and recently played George in Sunday in the Park with George for Huntington Theatre Company. He originated the roles of Peter in Peter and the Starcatcher and Henry in Next to Normal in both the on and off-Broadway productions. Off-Broadway, he appeared in The Fortress of Solitude (The Public Theater/NYSF, Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Best Actor), Fly by Night (Playwrights Horizons), and My Favorite Year (York Theatre Company). Mr. Chanler-Berat starred in the web series “It Could Be Worse,” and his recent television credits include “Elementary,” “Veep,” and “The Good Wife,” as well as a role in the new CBS series “Doubt.” On film, he can be seen opposite Vince Vaughn in Delivery Man.
DAVID ANDINO (Blind Beggar/Garden Gnome). Broadway debut. Off-Broadway: 50 Shades! The Musical Parody (Christian). 1st Nat’l Tour: R&H’s Cinderella (Jean-Michel). Regional: Amélie, A New Musical (world premiere, Berkeley Rep), The Buddy Holly Story (LTOTS, Big Bopper). Viterbo University Alum (BFA). IG:@daveycapp Twitter: @onidnadivad
RANDY BLAIR (Hipolito) Off-Broadway: The Black Crook (Abrons Arts Center), Gigantic (Vineyard Theatre), Adding Machine (Minetta Lane Theatre), Haute Mess (Ars Nova), Spidermusical (Mint Theater), The Yellow Wood (York Theatre), Perez Hilton Saves the Universe (Barrow Street). Regional: Berkeley Rep, St. Louis Rep, Woolly Mammoth, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Weston Playhouse, New York Stage and Film. Film/TV: Law & Order, Strangers with Candy, The Naked Brothers Band, Across the Universe, Afterwards, creative consultant on Billy on the Street. Training: NYU/Tisch.
HEATH CALVERT (Lucien/Lug/Mysterious Man) Broadway: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Hair, Good Vibrations. Off-Broadway: Nobody Loves You (Second Stage, Lucille Lortel nomination), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (The Public). The Old Globe, Studio Theatre, O’Neill Theater Center Concerts: Nashville, Baltimore, National Arts, Indianapolis, Alberta, and Phoenix Symphonies. Film: Mistress, Swing State. TV: “The Night Of” (HBO), “Inside Amy Schumer.” All for the Love O’ M’Life & Lil Reid. heathcalvert.com
ALISON CIMMET (Amandine/Philomene) Broadway: She Loves Me, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Bonnie and Clyde, Baby It’s You!, A Tale of Two Cities. Off-Broadway/Regional: Three Kinds of Exile (Atlantic), My Wonderful Day (Two River), Into the Woods (Fiasco/Old Globe), Les Misérables (NCT), Mame (Kennedy Center). Film: Judd Apatow’s The Big Sick, Chasing Taste. Television: Bull, Deadbeat, Are We There Yet? Training: Brown University. AlisonCimmet.com
SAVVY CRAWFORD (Young Amélie). Broadway debut. Previously performed the role at Ahmanson and Berkeley Rep. Recent appearances: starring role of Dehlia in Nickelodeon’s animated pilot “The Thing about Babies” and Madonna video, “Bitch I’m Madonna.” She has numerous voice-over and commercial credits. Savvy’s first television appearance was at age six, “Mike and Molly.” She loves hats, fashion, animating and is Running Team Manager. YouTube: Crafty Penguin. Instagram/Twitter: @SavvyCrawford. #Savvysays
MANOEL FELCIANO (Raphael/Bretodeaux). Broadway: Sweeney Todd (Tony nomination), Disaster!, Brooklyn, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cabaret. Off-Broadway: The Changeling, Much Ado About Nothing, Shockheaded Peter, Trumpery. Regional: Twelfth Night, The Exorcist, Elektra, Clybourne Park, November, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Ragtime, At Home at the Zoo, Three Sisters, Sunday in the Park with George. Film: Uncertainty. TV: “Elementary,” “NCIS,” “Trauma,” “The Unusuals,” “Life on Mars,” various soaps. BA: Yale, MFA: NYU.
HARRIETT D. FOY (Suzanne) Broadway: Amazing Grace, The American Plan, Mamma Mia!, and Once on This Island. Off-Broadway: Rimbaud in New York (BAM), On the Levee (AUDELCO nomination), and Crowns (AUDELCO Award). Regional: The House That Will Not Stand (Yale Rep, CT Critics nomination; Berkeley Rep, Theatre Bay Area Award); Dance of the Holy Ghosts (Yale Rep); LMNOP (Goodspeed); Polk County (Helen Hayes nomination) and The Women of Brewster Place (Helen Hayes nomination, Arena Stage); Film/TV Collateral Beauty, Winter’s Tale, Billions, Orange is the New Black, Law & Order, and Rescue Me. Howard University. @divafoyh harriettdfoy.com “WGATAP!”
ALYSE ALAN LOUIS (Georgette/Sylvie) Berkeley Rep, Ahmanson: Amélie. Broadway: Disaster!, Mamma Mia! Off-Broadway: Encores: A New Brain (Original Cast Recording); Abrons: The Civilians’ Pretty Filthy (OCR); Thank you Mom, Dad, Jill, Keith, SP, Diane, and my love Eric. For Grandmom Rita, Pop-Pop Stanley, and for Nan and Pop, who never dreamed my sister and I would perform on Broadway blocks from where they honeymooned in 1947.
MARIA-CHRISTINA OLIVERAS (Gina) Broadway: Machinal, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Off-Broadway World Premieres: Here Lies Love (The Public-cast recording); Pretty Filthy (The Civilians-cast recording); Taylor Mac’s 24 Decade History of Popular Music (St. Ann’s Warehouse); And Miles to Go (PCP); Reading Under the Influence (DR2); The Really Big Once (Target Margin); After (PCP). Other Off-Broadway: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (The Public); Romeo and Juliet (The Public); Zorba! (City Center Encores!); Night Sky (BPAC). Selected Regional: Amélie (Berkeley Rep—World premiere); Here Lies Love (Williamstown); January Joiner (Long Wharf—World premiere); Boleros for the Disenchanted (Huntington); Fabulation (Baltimore Center Stage); Macbeth in Macbeth and Jacques in As You Like It (Hudson Valley Shakespeare); among numerous others. Selected Film/TV:Manhattan Night, St. Vincent, The Humbling, Time Out of Mind, Clutter, “Nurse Jackie”, “Law & Order: SVU”, “Mozart in the Jungle”. Education: B.A.-Yale University; M.F.A.-National Theatre Conservatory. Recipient of New Dramatists’ Charles Bowden Acting Award. Member of the Actors’ Center. Associate Artist of The Civilians. @mcoliveras
TONY SHELDON (Collignon/Dufayel) Broadway & London: Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Theatre World Award; Tony, Olivier, Drama Desk, Drama League nominations). Off-Broadway: The Band Wagon (City Center Encores!), Icon (NYMF), Charles Busch’s Cleopatra (Theatre for the New City). Australia: Man of La Mancha, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Producers, Private Lives, Noises Off, The Witches of Eastwick, I Hate Hamlet, Torch Song Trilogy, Falsettos.
PAUL WHITTY (Joseph) Broadway: Once, The Full Monty. National Tour: Once. Off-Broadway: Once (NYTW); Violet (Encores! Off-Center); Twelfth Night (Sonnet Rep). Regional: Amélie (CTG, Berkeley Rep); Peter and the Starcatcher (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Be More Chill (Two River Theater); reasons to be Pretty, Art (Crescent Stage); Circle Mirror Transformation (Pure Theatre); Doubt (Village Rep). Film: Song One. Television: “Law & Order: SVU.”
EMILY AFTON (Dance Captain/Swing) Broadway: Hair. First National: Hair, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, I Love a Piano. Off-Broadway: Standard Time. Regional: Amélie (CTG); Waitress (ART); Goodspeed Opera House, Stages St. Louis, MSMT, APAC, Mac-Haydn, Arrow Rock Lyceum. Singer for The Bayside Tigers @savedbythe90s. BFA Emerson College. @emafton
JACOB KEITH WATSON (Swing) Broadway: Violet, The Phantom of the Opera. National Tour: Chicago. New York: Encores! 1776, Kurt Weill on Broadway. Regional: Amélie, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Othello, Under Milk Wood. Jacob is also a past winner of the prestigious Lotte Lenya Competition. Love to Elisabeth. IG/Twitter: @JacobKeithW
Tickets range from $79.50 – $169.50.
Tickets available at ticketmaster.com or by calling 877.250.2929.
The regular performance schedule for AMÉLIE, A NEW MUSICAL is: Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm (8pm during previews); and Friday & Saturday at 8pm; with matinees at 2pm on Wednesday & Saturday, and 3pm on Sunday. For changes to the schedule, visit AmelieBroadway.com.