Forget the Champs-Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe and the Café des 2 Moulins. Amelie Poulain is leaving the cobbled streets of the French capital behind and heading for the bright lights of the Big Apple.
The iconic French film, which charmed cinema-goers and has warmed hearts since its release in 2001, is being turned into a stage musical for Broadway.
Oscar-nominated Amelie, which stars Audrey Tatou, follows innocent young woman Amelie Poulain, a waitress with an active imagination who lives and works in Montmartre, Paris. After finding that returning a box of childhood treasures to their grown-up owner fills her with joy, Amelie decides to dedicate her life to making others happy.
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Dan Messe, who is a member of New York-based band Hem, is set to write the score for the film. He confirmed the news on Facebook, saying: “So not the best kept secret, but still I’m happy to announce that I’ve been commissioned to adapt the film Amelie for Broadway.”
“I’m not interested in doing Parisian music. I don’t think I’m even going to use accordion in my score,” Messe continued, concluding that the musical will be “hyper-romantic and playful”. Sounds like surprise success Amelie is set to draw in a whole new generation of fans.