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Overview

Set in Paris shortly after World War II, Amour concerns the meek and unassuming Dusoleil, a beleaguered clerk who secretly pines for the lovely but unhappily married Isabelle. When Dusoleil inexplicably develops the ability to walk through walls, he becomes a Parisian Robin Hood, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Word of the infamous thief spreads, intriguing Isabelle in particular, and shy Dusoleil faces a moral dilemma—will he continue his righteous campaign, or come clean and rescue Isabelle from her unhappiness?

Amour was adapted from the 1943 short story Le Passe-Muraille by Marcel Aymé. The story is memorialized by a statue in Montmartre in Paris. The show is through-composed and contains no dialogue between musical numbers.

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Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

Details

  • Genre: Adaptations (Stage & Screen)
  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Cast Attributes: Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Target Audience: Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Authors

Michel Legrand

Michel Legrand (1932-2019) was one of the most important names in contemporary music. In 1965, he received three Academy Award nominations for his score adaptation and the song “I Will Wait For You” from The Umbrellas of Cherbourg; he was subesquently nominated thirteen times ...

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Didier van Cauwelaert

Didier van Cauwelaert is a French novelist, playwright, lyricist, screenwriter and film director. He has published some 40 works and sold more than 5 million copies. His works have been translated into more than 30 languages. He has written seven film scripts and directed tw ...

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Marcel Aymé

Born in Joigny in 1902, Marcel Aymé was raised by his grandparents on his mother’s side, in Jura. Not being very interested by school, he preferred taking walks and reading. Despite this, he passed his baccalauréat at the age of seventeen and toyed with the idea of becoming a ...

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Jeremy Sams

Jeremy Sams Writer: Amour (Broadway), Ghetto (National Theatre and Broadway), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (West End and Broadway), The Wizard of Oz (West End and tour); translation of Indiscretions (Broadway), The Miser and Mary Stuart (RNT), The Rehearsal, Don Giovanni, Figaro’s ...

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