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Michel Legrand musical Amour to make UK premiere at Charing Cross Theatre

Michel Legrand's Tony-nominated musical is to make its UK debut


Amour, Michel Legrand's Tony-nominated musical is to make its UK premiere.

The piece, which is set in Paris in 1950, follows the shy Dusoleil who daydreams about Isabelle, a woman kept locked away by her husband. When Dusoleil gains the ability to walk through walls he begins to lead a double life.

The fantasy musical has music from the late Legrand, who passed away aged 86 on 26 January this year, and English lyrics from Jeremy Sams – from the original French by Didier Van Cauwelaert. The piece is adapted from a 1943 short story called Le Passe-Muraille by Marcel Aymé.

The show opened on Broadway in 2002 and was nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Musical.

Its UK premiere runs from 2 May to 20 July, with press night on 8 May and will be directed by Hannah Chissick. Choreography is from Matt Cole, production design from Adrian Gee, lighting from Rob Halliday, sound from Andrew Johnson, musical direction from Jordan Li-Smith and casting by Danielle Tarento, who also produces the show.

Legrand's work includes scores for films including The Thomas Crown Affair and musicals including The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and Marguerite. He won three Oscars and five Grammys.

Producer Tarento said: "Whilst I am so delighted to be producing this beautiful show, there is a tinge of sadness that Michel never got to see Amour in London, something that he sorely wanted. I hope the production serves as a fitting tribute to this extraordinary man."