‘Amélie,’ a Broadway Musical Starring Phillipa Soo, Will Close

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Adam Chanler-Berat and Phillipa Soo in the musical “Amelie.” Credit Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

The Tony Awards have claimed their first casualty: “Amélie,” a new Broadway musical, announced on Thursday evening that it would close on May 21.

The musical, adapted from the 2001 film about a shy but whimsically altruistic French waitress, had struggled at the box office since opening to underwhelming reviews. Without a single Tony nomination in a competitive Broadway season, an uptick in sales was unlikely.

The musical had seemed promising in pre-Broadway outings at Berkeley Repertory Theater and then at the Center Theater Group in Los Angeles, and was anticipated on Broadway because it stars Phillipa Soo, who had been nominated for a Tony Award last year for originating the role of Eliza in “Hamilton.”

“Amélie” features music by Daniel Messé, lyrics by Mr. Messé and Nathan Tysen, and a book by Craig Lucas; it is directed by Pam MacKinnon. The musical, produced by Aaron Harnick, David Broser, Triptyk Studios, Spencer B. Ross and Harbor Entertainment, cost up to $12 million to capitalize, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission; that money will now be lost.

The musical opened April 3; at the time of its closing, it will have played 27 preview and 56 regular performances.

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Source: New York Times

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