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Amelie musical: Samantha Barks takes lead role

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Samantha Barks, best known stateside as Eponine in the 2012 film version of Les Miserables, has been tapped to star in the title role in the world premiere of the musical adaptation of Amelie.

Based on the Oscar-nominated 2001 French film, Amelie follows a shy but curious waitress who intervenes in the lives of others with her active imagination and naïve pursuit of love.

Barks will play Amelie, the role originated onscreen by Audrey Tautou, alongside a cast that includes Randy Blair (Hipolito), Adam Chanler-Berat (Nino), Alison Cimmet (Amandine/Philomene), Carla Duren (Gina), John Hickok (Raphael/Bretodeaux), Alyse Alan Louis (Georgette/Fluffy/Sylvie), and Paul Whitty (Joseph).

The musical will feature a book by Craig Lucas (An American in Paris), music by Daniel Messé, and lyrics by Messé and Nathan Tysen. Tony winner Pam MacKinnon (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) directs. The show runs at Berkeley Rep from Aug. 28 through Oct. 4, with ostensible hopes for Broadway on the horizon following the run.