Back to Amelie
Back in December, I wrote here about seeing a pre-Broadway tryout of a new musical based on the French movie, Amelie. It wasn't great, and the score wasn't memorable, but it was tuneful and enjoyable, and I think I may have liked it more than the film. (The main reason was that in the film, the main character doesn't talk much or at all, I don't recall exactly, and is a bit cloying for it. In the musical -- being a musical -- she of necessity sings and a lot, and speaks, so I found it a little richer.) It starred Phillipa Soo, who came to attention with her Tony-nominated performance in Hamilton, and she was terrific.
The show opened on Broadway a couple night ago. The reviews seemed to be mixed, though more on the critical side, but all seemed to find some things to like about it.
Here's a video the show has released of the song, "Times are Hard for Dreamers." Know two things -- first, this isn't what I call as necessarily being the best number in the show, And second, this is a pop arrangement, not what was done on stage. And honestly, I don't care much for it, it removes most of the charm. But the song is still pleasant enough, and at least you'll get a nice sense of the show. (At the time I wrote about it there were only a few short montage videos. So, here's more.)
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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