Theater & Performing Arts
Aug. 28-Oct. 4
Through the eyes of its quirky protagonist, Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s film Amélie cleverly captured the ways that even the most mundane details of day-to-day life can be made whimsical and wondrous with a little imagination. Though it was made fourteen years ago, Amélie has enjoyed enduring appeal and now makes its theatrical debut in the East Bay. Berkeley Repertory Theatre (2015 Addison St., Berkeley) kicks off its 2015–2016 season with the world premiere of Amélie, A New Musical. The play tells the story of Amélie, a sheltered young woman with an active imagination determined to do good deeds for others, however small. According to Berkeley Rep artistic director Tony Taccone, one of the challenges of bringing Jeunet’s film to the stage was conveying its highly stylized cinematography. Amélie, A New Musical is slated to be an audiovisual experience, with set design inspired by Renoir’s Parisian scenes, music by composer Daniel Messé of the band Hem, and a script adaptation by Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Craig Lucas.