'Hamilton' star Phillipa Soo to lead 'Amélie' musical
Phillipa Soo is ready to tell another story.
The recent Tony nominee has lined up her post-Hamilton plans, playing the title role in the Broadway musical Amélie, scheduled to open in spring 2017. Soo expressed her excitement in a statement, saying of the character, “She is joyous, complex, and determined, in her own small way, to change the world for the better,” adding she is, “so thrilled to be in the room with this amazing group of artists and collaborators.”
Tony winner Pam MacKinnon (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) will direct the production, which will have a limited engagement at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre Dec. 4 through Jan. 15. Craig Lucas wrote the book, with music by Daniel Messé, who wrote lyrics with Nathan Tysen. Producer Aaron Harnick said in a statement, “Phillipa Soo began the developmental process with us and she is a perfect match for this strong, intelligent protagonist.”
“We are thrilled she is our Amélie,” he continued.
The film version of Amélie was released in 2001, landing five Oscar nominations. Its title character is a Parisian waitress who makes it her mission to find little ways to make her patrons’ lives better.