In March 2017, Broadway will be taken over by the most adorable, humble, most cutest person ever, Amélie Poulain (and of course her friends at the Café des 2 Moulins!). I had the privilege of seeing Phillipa Soo, Adam Chanler-Berat and the cast of Amélie at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California on December 6th 2016. I bought the tickets one month in advance with my roommate, and it was not until I was leaving the theatre that I realized we had just seen the second Los Angeles preview ever. I was even more impressed!
The Amélie musical is the epitome of adorable. If you haven’t seen the film, I highly recommend it. This musical is a very cute take on it. From the very beginning, it is very charming. I don’t want to write too much revealing information about it because I really believe that you should see this musical for yourself and be inspired and awed by the set, the costumes, the characters, and the music the way that I was.
The music, I will talk about briefly. THE CAST RECORDING IS GOING TO BE LIT. I can’t wait! I already know what song I want to listen to again. All of the songs are really good and I already have a favorite! Amélie is the first Broadway musical that I have seen that 1). Has ensemble numbers and 2). I didn’t know the words to! It was such a different type of performance compared to Hedwig and the Angry Inch, but I loved the Greek chorus-type songs! I’m such a fan of big ensemble numbers. That’s what originally drew me to musicals when I was little. I head “One Short Day” from Wicked and it was like I had never thought that people could sing together.
I will also talk about Amélie’s hair briefly. That is what my hair looks like sometimes! I’m telling you, Amélie is super adorable because the characters are so down-to-Earth and relatable!
Amélie runs at the Ahamanson until January 15th, so if you are in Los Angeles for the holidays I highly recommend you see this show. I sat in the back of the orchestra and some of my friends sat in the mezzanine, and we all had similar positive experiences with their views, so you can be lenient with where you sit. Buy your tickets here!
Both times that I took an Uber to see Hedwig, traffic made us a little late. The Ahmanson Theatre is located downtown, which is not near the Pantages, and it took us a good hour in an Uber in traffic to get from De Neve Drive to directly in front of the Ahmanson, but we did make it in time to get situated with our seats. I was actually a little nervous when the Uber map said it was dropping us off a block away from the Ahmanson, but I was just reading the map wrong. We took the elevator up to the theatre level and my friends and I gasped when we walked out and saw the courtyard with the giant Christmas tree and the Ahmanson behind it. Let me tell you, it is one thing to constantly Google where Broadway shows are happening in Los Angeles and know the schedule by heart, but it is another thing to be there at the theatre with a ticket in your hand and love in your heart ready to give away to the production. This is only my second Broadway (bound) show, but I have been waiting to feel this feeling of hope that I feel when I am about to go into a theatre and watch a show, and I will never get tired of it!
I bounded into the Ahmanson ready to experience the world of Amélie and it did not disappoint. The magic of Broadway is that people can build sets and write and sing songs as characters that just speak to you so much. It was such a heartwarming show, and my friend who had never seen a musical before besides How the Grinch Stole Christmas said that she felt she could relate to the show very much, and that, I believe, is a success.
So now to the social media aspect of the show: If you know the plot, you know about the photobooth! And guess what they had in the lobby of the Ahmanson! A photobooth!
The last shot caught me off guard but I still like it. Now I have two strips of photos of myself to commemorate the night.
Here are some photos from the lobby!
We had the hardest time finding good lighting for photos with the posters, but one of my friend’s phone had the best cell phone camera I have ever seen so we used hers. They had a poster of the cast next to that banner and it got crowded very fast so I did not get a good photo of it. But all of these promotional posters are very cute. Here is one without my face.
When the show goes to Broadway on March 9th 2017, Amélie will be playing at the Walter Kerr theatre where Falsettos is currently playing. (Falsettos is scheduled to close in January, which is sad, but it IS a limited engagement. Fun fact about Falsettos: my former roommate grew up with Anthony Rosenthal and his family… andI love Christian Borle and Andrew Rannels and Tracie Thoms… it is like fate brought us together.)
So after the show ended and I was clutching my program thinking about all things cute and good in this world, we went to the stage door!
Some of the cast was passing us and David Andino said “Oh, I don’t have a marker, I’m sorry,” but I have been carrying a sharpie around since I was 11 years old in Los Angeles looking for the Jonas Brothers and I said “Oh, I have one!” And that was the beginning of our stage door experience. At the end we met Phillipa Soo! She was so nice and we told her we loved the show and we ventured out to Downtown LA in the middle of finals week because we wouldn’t miss Amélie for the world, and she signed all of our programs and was super nice and in all honesty, we were star-struck. Very. It was so incredible to see her perform and then meet her. This is something I will cherish forever, and when I go home for the break I am going to find a frame to put this in, along with my Lena Hall-signed Hedwig Playbill.
We also met Young Amélie, played by Savvy Crawford, and let me tell you she really sets the tone for the show and she is so talented! She signed right over Amélie on the program and she took a photo with us! Goals! This girl is going places!
If you want to get excited about Amélie going to Broadway, here is a Phillipa Soo trailer, and here is the Samantha Barks trailer, who performed as Amélie at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre last year (also with the majority of the Los Angeles cast and Young Amélie)! And if you would like to familiarize yourself with the story of Amélie Poulain, the movie Amélie is available to stream on Netflix! So now you have no reason to not know about Amélie when you see it!
Thank you to the cast of Amélie for meeting us at the stage door, and thank you for a wonderful, beautiful, and lovely show! It was such a fun night and a great way to take a study break from finals and celebrate the first quarter ending.
Congratulations [to me] to everyone on making it through fall quarter, happy holidays, and I can’t wait to see some more shows! Next up is The King and I at the Pantages NEXT WEEK ON THE 13TH OF DECEMBER! YAY!