Last weekend, I had the privilege of seeing “Amelie – a new musical” at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Berkeley, California.
Based on the popular movie of a young french girl trying to do good and find justice for those around her, the musical takes her story onto a deeper and more personal level.
The beginning of the musical sets up Amelie’s mental vulnerablity – her parents initial overprotection, witnessing her mother’s death, and then watching her father deal with his grief by creating a shrine to a gnome her mother hated. It hit an emotional chord that I didn’t get from the movie and, needless to say, there were a lot of tears. The rest of the musical was more focused on Amelie finding her way on how to love and be loved, rather than helping others or the trinket box. The musical was not as comical as the movie, but it was a beautiful telling of a hurt and lost soul being whole again. The talent was fantastic – the lead of Amelie as an child and adult were both amazing. I really enjoyed the production from beginning to end.
After the musical, I caught an early dinner at Eureka (http://eurekarestaurantgroup.com/). I ordered their popular Bone Marrow Burger with hand cut fries.
On the menu, the bone marrow burger was listed as having a bone marrow porcini butter, charbroiled onion, mustard aioli and a roasted tomato.
The burger was cooked medium rare to my liking and the bun was well toasted. But while the bone marrow porcini butter was decadent and delicious, my onion and tomato were raw and the aioli drowned out.
Sitting next to me at the restaurant were 3 of the cast members from the musical! They were grabbing a bite to eat between shows and were as lovely as they appeared on stage. I was so glad that I had a chance to tell them in person how great the show was and wished them much success in their careers.