Oscar-winning French musical composer, conductor and pianist Michel Legrand passed away in January at the age of 86. Such a shame that he is not around to see this long-overdue UK professional premiere of his five-time Tony-nominated 2002 musical Amour.
Paris, 1950 – 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.
This musical fantasy about daring to dream and the power of self-belief has music by Michel Legrand with English lyrics by Jeremy Sams (from the original French by Didier Van Cauwelaert). Adapted from the 1943 short story Le Passe-Muraille by Marcel Aymé, Amour opened on Broadway in 2002 and was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
In this major new production, Gary Tushaw stars as Dusoleil, Anna O’Byrne as Isabelle and Alasdair Harvey as the Prosecutor, who are joined by Elissa Churchill, Claire Machin, Keith Ramsay, Steven Serlin, Alistair So and Daniel Stockton. Hannah Chissick directs, Danielle Tarento produces.