Phillipa Soo, the actress nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in “Hamilton,” will take on the title role in the brewing musical adaptation of “Amelie,” set to premiere at the Ahmanson Theater in L.A. this winter prior to a Broadway run.
Soo, who departs “Hamilton” on the same day creator-star Lin-Manuel Miranda exits in July, played Amelie in workshop productions of the show, but was already starring in “Hamilton” by the time “Amelie” had its world premiere at Berkeley Rep in September 2015. Now she’s back on board for a project with music by Daniel Messe (of the band Hem, which previously provided music for a starry staging of “Twelfth Night” in Central Park), lyrics by Nathan Tysen (“Tuck Everlasting”) and Messe and book by Craig Lucas (“An American in Paris”). Pam MacKinnon (“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”) directs with choreography by Sam Pinkleton (“Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812”).
Based on Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s 2001 film starring Audrey Tatou, “Amelie” revolves around a shy waitress who fancifully endeavors to change the lives of the people around her.
In L.A., the show begins previews Dec. 4 ahead of a Jan. 15 opening at Center Theater Group’s Ahmanson, with commercial producer Aaron Harnick attached. Exact Broadway details for “Amelie,” including dates and theater, have yet to set.