CULTURE & ARTS

Your Favorite Quirky French Film Is Now A Musical, Youpi!

Starring Phillipa Soo from "Hamilton." Are you dead yet?

In 2001, Jean-Pierre Jeunet debuted his wildly whimsical film, "Amélie." You probably know it -- it's the reason for your early aughts bob and lingering asymmetrical bangs. The film told the story of Amélie, a lonely Parisian waitress who finds a mysterious box of treasures she soon feels compelled to return to its one true owner. 

Quirkiness ensues.

Well, now your favorite French-German movie is heading to the stage, as a musical adaptation starring Phillipa Soo (of "Hamilton" fame) as our titular hero. That's right -- Eliza Schuyler is leaving Richard Rogers Theater for the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, set to perform as Amélie from Dec. 4, 2016, through Jan. 15, 2017. 

And yes, the show is headed to Broadway after.

So far the creative team consists of director Pam MacKinnon ("Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "Clybourne Park"), writer Craig Lucas ("An American in Paris"), composer Daniel Messé, lyricist Nathan Tysen and choreographer Sam Pinkleton.

Also on board are costume designer David Zinn, lighting designers Jane Cox and Mark Barton, sound designer Kai Harada, projection designer Peter Nigrini, musical directer Kimberly Grigsby and orchestrator Bruce Coughlin.

Essentially: a whole lot of qualified people.

No word yet on who's going to play the lovable, Nino Quincampoix. But wouldn't it be great if that's where Leslie Odom Jr. is headed next?

CORRECTION: Nino Quincampoix did not own the box, as previously noted in this post, he owned the photo album that Amelie finds. Important plot points, people!

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