AMOUR, the late Michel Legrand‘s five-time Tony-nominated musical fantasy about daring to dream and the power of self-belief, runs at the Charing Cross Theatre from 2 May to 20 July 2019, with a press night on 8 May. Full casting has been announced.
In 1950 Paris, a shy, unassuming civil servant, Dusoleil, lives alone and works diligently in a dreary office. To pass the time, he writes letters to his mother and daydreams about the beautiful Isabelle, who is kept locked away by her controlling husband. When Dusoleil miraculously gains the ability to walk through walls, he not only begins to lead a double life, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor to right the wrongs of his war-impoverished Parisian neighbours, but also gains the self-confidence to woo Isabelle and, just for a while, live the life he has always longed for.
Gary Tushaw is Dusoleil, Anna O’Byrne is Isabelle and Alasdair Harvey is the Prosecutor, Isabelle’s controlling husband. They’re joined in the cast by Elissa Churchill, Claire Machin, Keith Ramsay, Steven Serlin, Alistair So and Daniel Stockton, with understudies Laura Barnard and Jack Reitman.
AMOUR has music by multi-award-winning Michel Legrand with English lyrics by Jeremy Sams (from the original French by Didier Van Cauwelaert). Adapted from a 1943 short story Le Passe-Muraille by Marcel Aymé, the musical was first staged in Paris in 1997. It opened on Broadway in 2002 and was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
The UK premiere of AMOUR production is directed by Hannah Chissick and designed by Adrian Gee, with choreography by Matt Cole, lighting by Rob Halliday, sound by Andrew Johnson and musical direction by Jordan Li-Smith. It’s produced by Danielle Tarento.