Here’s some great news to brighten up your day … the brilliant 2001 French film Amélie is being adapted into a Broadway stage musical! I *just* rewatched Amélie here in LA on the big screen and was just reminded how brilliantly perfect the film truly is … so news of this musical adaptation is very welcome news, indeed. We still have some time to wait before Amélie makes her debut on the Great White Way but with this happy news, we have something positive to look forward to! Wee!!
Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Amélie is favorite-film caliber; Yann Tiersen’s Amélie score is favorite-score caliber. Why it took a dozen years to get a Broadway show into development is beyond us, but maybe it had something to do with the Tony-winning Broadway-ification of the heartwarming indie Euro-musical Once and the heartwarming already-perfect-but-then-adapted-perfectly-anyway Matilda. Dan Messé, co-founder of Brooklyn indie group Hem, is working with lyricist Nathan Tysen and Pulitzer-nominated playwright Craig Lucas on the stage show. Alas, Tiersen’s phenomenal music is being left behind. “It’s like one of the best movie scores there is,” Messé tells Paste. “It’s one of the reasons why I love the film. But, it’s not what I do. He’s a very different sort of composer than I am. And I’m not interested in doing Parisian music. I don’t think I’m even going to use accordion in my score. The music sounds like mine. But certainly, I’m not playing up the Americana elements either. I’m not having pedal steel and fiddle, but it’ll be hyper-romantic and playful more than anything.” Messé also says he and Jeunet share a general dislike for musicals. How lovely.
LOL. Ok, the details of this report don’t sound too great, to be honest. I think there needs to be Parisian music in this show, I mean … c’mon. BUT, I’m willing to have faith that the source material will INSIST that the musical version of Amélie will turn out well. This is really great news, I have to say. Of all my fave movies that could be adapted brilliantly for the stage, Amélie has to be at the top of the list. Doesn’t this sound like a great idea?