Amour (musical)

Amour (musical)

Infobox Musical
name= Amour
caption= Original Logo
music= Michel Legrand
lyrics= Didier Van Cauwelaert
book= Jeremy Sams
basis= 1943 short story "Le Passe-Muraille" by Marcel Aymé
productions= 1997 Paris
2002 Broadway
awards=

"Amour" is a musical fantasy with an English book by Jeremy Sams, music by Michel Legrand, and lyrics by Didier Van Cauwelaert, who wrote the original French libretto.

Adapted from the 1943 short story "Le Passe-Muraille" by Marcel Aymé, it is set in Paris shortly after World War II and centers on a shy, unassuming clerk who develops the ability to walk through walls, and who challenges himself to stick to his moral center and change others' lives, and his own, as a result.

Production

In 1997, Legrand, a noted film composer and jazz musician, but a newcomer to stage musicals at age 80, brought the musical (under its original title, "Le Passe Muraille") to Paris where it won the Prix Molière for Best Musical.

The Broadway production, directed by James Lapine and presented without intermission, opened on October 20 2002 at the Music Box Theatre; it closed after only 17 performances and 31 previews. The cast included Malcolm Gets and Melissa Errico.

The musical received mostly negative reviews in America, although Errico, Gets and the score were praised. Ben Brantley, in his review for the "New York Times", wrote: "Even charming is too weighty a word to describe the wispy appeal of "Amour" [ [http://theater2.nytimes.com/mem/theater/treview.html?pagewanted=print&res=9C04E0D91E3DF932A15753C1A9649C8B63 "New York Times" review] ] . The reviewer on "Talkin' Broadway", however, wrote: "Broadway's Music Box Theatre may have found its most ideal tenant in quite a while. The delightful little jewel box of a musical, Amour, ...deserves a lengthy stay there, where it may enchant audiences for a long time to come." [ [http://www.talkinbroadway.com/world/Amour.html Talkin' Broadway review] ] Cary Wong in "filmscoremonthly" wrote: "The lyrics are mostly pedestrian and uninvolving, and they make the already stock characters even more one-dimensional." [ [http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/articles/2002/13_Nov---Amour_Musical_Review_Michel_Legrand.asp Filmscoremonthly review] ]

A "reconceived production" was produced by Goodspeed Musicals from August 11 2005 through September 4. [ [http://www.playbill.com/news/article/94544.html Playbill article, 8/12/05] ]

Characters

*Dusoleil: a self-proclaimed "ordinary guy" who discovers he can walk through walls
*Isabelle: an unhappily married woman and the object of Dusoleil's affections
*Whore, Painter, Newsvendor: three street workers who support Dusoleil
*Prosecutor: Isabelle's husband, a man with more than a few skeletons in his closet
*Boss: Dusoleil's nasty boss
*Doctor Roucefort: Dusoleil's boss, who gives him the eventual cure to his intangibility
*Madeleine, Claire, Charles, Bertrand: Dusoleil's co-workers. The women reveal feelings for Dusoleil when they discover he is the elusive "Monsieur Passepartout"
*Policemen: "henchmen" hired by the prosecutor to keep the people of Montmartre in check
*Monsieur le President: President of the tribunal that tries Dusoleil
*Advocate: Dusoleil's lawyer, who appears on behalf of Dusoleil on his very first day in court

Plot

In Paris after WWII, a shy, unassuming "invisible" civil servant, Dusoleil, lives alone and works in a dreary office under a tyrannical boss. His lazy co-workers are unhappy because Dusoleil is a hard worker who finishes his work early. To pass the time, he writes letters to his mother and daydreams about the beautiful Isabelle. Isabelle is kept locked away by her controlling husband, the prosecutor-general with an unsavory past. When Dusoleil miraculously gains the ability to walk through walls, he begins to steal from the rich and give to the poor. He also gains the self-confidence to woo Isabelle, who is intrigued by the news stories about Passepartout, a mysterious criminal who can walk through walls.

Dusoleil's life, as well as Isabelle's and the other characters, takes a rich and, for a while, romantic turn. As Dusoleil admits to being Passepartout, he is put on trial in front of the prosecutor. Before the trial progresses, Isabelle reveals her husband's secret--that he was a Nazi collaborator. Dusoleil is pardoned and he spends one romantic night with Isabelle. When he takes pills that the doctor has given him, mistaking them for aspirin, he loses his magic power. He becomes stuck mid-leap in a wall, and his memory is carried on in story and song.

ong list

*Overture – Company
*Office Life – Dusoleil, Madeleine, Claire, Bertrand and Charles
*Going Home Alone – Dusoleil
*Other People's Stories – Isabelle and Dusoleil
*Street Vendors' Waltz – Whore, Painter, Newsvendor, Policemen, Prosecutor, Isabelle and Dusoleil
*Dusoleil Walks Through the Wall – Dusoleil
*The Doctor – Doctor and Dusoleil
*Ordinary Guy – Dusoleil
*Dusoleil's Revenge – Boss, Dusoleil, Madeleine, Claire, Bertrand and Charles
*Somebody – Isabelle
*Prosecutor's Song – Prosecutor
*Whore's Lament – Whore and Dusoleil
*Monsieur Passepartout – Newsvendor, Painter, Whore, Madeleine and Policemen
*Special Time of Day – Isabelle and Dusoleil
*Waiting – Dusoleil
*Latest News – Newsvendor, Whore and Painter
*Dusoleil in Jail – Dusoleil, Madeleine and Claire
*Painter's Song – Painter
*Isabelle on Her Balcony – Isabelle, Dusoleil and Prosecutor
*Transformation – Company
*The Advocate's Plea – Advocate
*The Trial – Monsieur le President, Madeleine, Whore, Painter, Prosecutor, Dusoleil and Isabelle
*Duet for Dusoleil and Isabelle – Dusoleil and Isabelle
*Whistling Ballet – Dusoleil, Painter, Whore, Newsvendor, Madeleine and Policemen
*Amour – Isabelle and Dusoleil
*Dusoleil Meets the Press – Dusoleil, Newsvendor, Doctor and Company
*Serenade – Dusoleil, Isabelle and Company

Recording

A recording of the musical was released by GHOSTLIGHT on July 8, 2003 [See [http://www.sh-k-boom.com/amour/ SH-K Boom site] and [http://music.barnesandnoble.com/search/product.asp?z=y&EAN=791558400328&itm=3 Barnes and Noble site] ]

Nominations

*Tony Award for Best Musical
*Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical
*Tony Award for Best Original Score
*Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical (Gets)
*Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical (Errico)
*Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Musical
*Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical
*Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Gets)
*Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Fitzgerald)
*Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical
*Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Orchestrations
*Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics
*Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music
*Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design of a Musical

References

External links

* [http://www.ibdb.com/production.asp?id=13406 Internet Broadway Database listing]
* [http://www.curtainup.com/amour.html Curtain Up review]
* [http://www.castalbums.org/shows/15 Links to international cast albums]
* [http://www.nodanw.com/shows_a/amour.htm synopsis at nodanw]


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