Amelie

Comedy  /  7m, 5f, 1girl(s)

Amélie is an extraordinary young woman who lives quietly in the world but loudly in her mind. 
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Amelie
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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 5f, 1girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Amélie is an extraordinary young woman who lives quietly in the world but loudly in her mind. She covertly improvises small but surprising acts of kindness that bring joy and mayhem. But when a chance at love comes her way, Amélie realizes that to find happiness she’ll have to risk everything and say what’s in her heart. Be inspired by this imaginative dreamer who finds her voice, discovers the power of connection, and sees possibility around every corner. 

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Reviews

"Amélie has bushels of imagination!"- Newsday

"A tuneful love story with a sophisticated score!" - Deadline

"Amélie abounds with heart!" - The Telegraph

"Pure Joy! An unabashed crowd-pleaser" - Entertainment Weekly

Videos

  • Amélie Broadway Montage
  • Times Are Hard For Dreamers - Philippa Soo
  • Stay - Philippa Soo, Adam Chanler-Berat
  • Amélie cast performs for Billboard Live
  • Amélie in the studio
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1990s, 1970s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Amélie takes place in 1970's and 1990's Paris and her surroundings, as well as in the mind and imagination of Amélie Poulain. 
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: Contemporary Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Medium
  • Chorus Size: Large

Song Samples

Times Are Hard For Dreamers (Prologue)
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World's Best Dad
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World's Best Friend
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World's Best Mom
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Times Are Hard For Dreamers
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The Commute
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The Bottle Drops
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Three Figs
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The Girl With The Glass
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How To Tell Time
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Tour De France
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Goodbye, Amélie
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Backyard
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When The Booth Goes Bright
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Sister's Pickle
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Halfway
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Window Seat
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There's No Place Like Gnome
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This Air
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Blue Arrow Suite
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The Late Nino Quincampoix
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A Better Haircut
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Stay
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Halfway (Reprise)
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Where Do We Go From Here?
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Casting

7m, 5f, 1girl(s)

YOUNG AMÉLIE POULAIN - 8 or 9; highly imaginative; sees her way through most difficulties; independent-minded in childhood and beyond.
RAPHAEL POULAIN -  Amélie's father, a clinical Army physicial; orderly, sees the worst in things; finds his daughter incomprehensible. 
AMANDINE POULAIN - Amélie's mother, a neurotic teacher, sees eye to eye with her husband. 
FLUFFY POULAIN - a goldfish; Young Amélie's best friend.
BELGIAN TOURIST
AMÉLIE POULAIN - early 20's; still imaginative, still sees the best in things, still independent, but her independence might be growing into a more permanent state of isolation.
BLIND BEGGAR - dyspeptic.
SUZANNE SACRIPANT - owner of Two Windmills Café, one leg shorter than the other.
GINA WELLS - waitress at Two Windmills; a young widow. 
GEORGETTE CORNUEL - hypochondriacal taboccanist at Two Windmills.
PHILOMENE de NOIRPOIS - airline hostess, a habitué of Two Windmills, frequently away. 
HIPOLITO JEUNET - unpublished writer, habitué of Two Windmills. 
JOSEPH COTTARD - Gina's misogynistic ex-lover, a plumber, habitué of Two Windmills.
LUCIEN VILLEPARISIS - a child-like employee of the local grocery. 
COLLIGNON - local grocer. 
NINO QUINCAMPOIX - a loner and artist; unconventional good looks; independent, private. 
COLLIGNON'S MOTHER
COLLINGNON'S FATHER

JULIEN DUFAYEL - elderly recluse with degenerative bone disease. 
BRETODEAU - middle-aged man with regrets. 
ELTON JOHN - super star. 
GARDEN GNOME - cast in plaster, knee-high, heavy. 
SYLVIE LEGRANDIN - sex shop worker. 
ADRIEN WELLS - Gina's dead husband. 
MYSTERIOUS MAN

PARISIANS, PEDDLERS, CUSTOMERS AT THE TWO WINDMILLS CAFÉ, CUSTOMERS AT THE SEX SHOP, NEWS ANCHORS, REPORTERS etc. 

NOTE: AMÉLIE can be performed by a cast of thirteen actors, doubling as follows:
Young Amélie
Amélie
Nino
Raphael/Bretodeau
Amandine/Philomene
Hipolito/Elton John/Belgian Tourist
Joseph/Fluffy
Collignon/Dufayel
Blind Beggar/Gnome/Anchorperson
Lucien/Good-Looking Lug/Mysterious Man/Adrien Wells
Suzanne
Gina
Georgette/Sylvie

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Local Celebrity Cameo
  • Multicultural casting
  • Roles for Children
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Parts for Senior Actors

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Authors

Craig Lucas

Craig Lucas is a American playwright, screenwriter, theatre director, musical actor, and film director. He is currently Associate Artistic Director at the Intiman Theatre in Seattle.Born on April 30, 1951, and abandoned in a car in Atlanta, Lucas was adopted when he was eight months old by a Pennsylvanian couple. His a ...

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Nathan Tysen

Nathan is a songwriter and performer whose recent work includes lyrics for the Broadway productions of TUCK EVERLASTING (music by Chris Miller) and AMÉLIE (music and co-lyrics by Dan Messé). Other work with Miller includes lyrics for THE BURNT PART BOYS and FUGITIVE SONGS (Cast albums, sheet music, and licensing availa ...

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Daniel Messe

Daniel Messé is the founder/principal songwriter of the band Hem, which began as a DIY project in 2001 (Rabbit Songs), and has gone on to worldwide acclaim over the course of six studio albums. In 2009, The Public Theater tapped Hem to score Twelfth Night for Shakespeare in the Park (starring Anne Hathaway and Audra Mc ...

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