The first time I saw Amelie, I felt the musicality, the rhythm of the story, the magic. I think most of us did. It was an instant classic full of hope and romance and whimsy. It made us all want to move to France and work in a cafe. It made us all want to connect with our neighbors. It made us all wonder if we could pull off those bangs.
This weekend the Los Angeles Times revealed the wonderful news: Amelie is going to become a stage musical.
Dan Messé, via his band Hem’s Facebook page, announced that he had been commissioned to adapt the film “Amélie” for Broadway. Dan also shared that his “creative team includes Craig Lucas (book) and Nathan Tysen (co-lyrics).”
This will not be Dan’s first involvement with a theatrical production. In 2009, along with his band Hem, he created the music for the Public Theatre production of Twelfth Night starring Anne Hathaway. The music from that production, which is available for download on iTunes and Amazon, received rave reviews and earned the band a nomination for Outstanding Music in a Play from the Drama Desk Awards for the 2009-2010 season.
In a wonderful interview with Paste Magazine, Dan shares some scoop on his plans for turning one of our favorite films into a Broadway musical: “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.”
Dan continues to share that he hopes Amelie fans will discover Hem, and that Hem fans will discover Amelie — which is really the beauty and heart of Amélie, the character, at the core. Introductions.
So far no dates or timelines have been released, so we don’t know for sure when we can expect to see Amelie on stage. But knowing it is in the works makes me very happy.
Get to know Hem!
Remember why you fell in love with Amelie:
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