I don't know if you've seen the movie, but they included the moment where Amelie tries to guess how many couples are having an orgasm (and like the movie, it shows them, although it's just the noises and it's not graphic). I just wanted to include that information if you're deciding on whether or not it's age appropriate. I know that moment in the film made me very uncomfortable when I was watching it with my mom, haha.
As someone who never saw the movie, I also could have used more characterization. I love the idea of an earlier duet from Amelie and Nino. For Amelie, there is some history, but it is not clear enough why she fears connections. As for Nino, he is a total cypher. I still don't understand what his photo album represented. A little introspection would help significantly.
In the film, they go a bit into Nino's childhood and why he and Amelie are kindred spirits. Also, IMO it
The guy playing Nino was a huge weak link in the cast. His singing left much to be desired -- there were numerous chorus men who would have made a better Nino
I liked his singing, but I thought his characterization of Nino seemed too... normal and not weird enough. He didn't seem as good of a fit for Amelie as in the film, IMO, because of it. I think that's why I was wondering why he'd put up with her behavior. It might have also seemed that way because the show's
- Emmy Rossum just didn't have the voice. I don't know if it was acting, direction, or both, but her Christine also had even less personality than usual. I also didn't like how they cast her so young.
- A lot of the changes to the storyline made no sense (such as changing the year, which would have coincided with the Franco-Prussian War, or having Carlotta be unpopular with the audience--like, why would they keep her if the audience hated her?)
I saw it last night and wanted to share my thoughts. First off, I found it a very enjoyable night of theatre. It's a whimsical, adorable, and sometimes magical show. I thought Phillipa Soo lit up the stage when she was on it. However, the original film is one of my favorite movies ever--I've seen it a million times, so I know it really well. I thought that the storyline and characters suffered a bit by removing certain scenes and story arcs. It was only a