Who Will Play Amelie on Broadway?

by Kate Ward

The Matilda musical might have been this year's Broadway sweetheart, but it seems things are going to get even more adorable on the Great White Way. Keyboardist Dan Messe, of indie group Hem fame, revealed on the band's Facebook page that he's been commissioned to adapt Amélie for the stage. Said Messe on his page, "Can't wait to share it with you!"

And we can't wait either. Especially seeing who it already has on board: According to his post, those attached to the musical include Craig Lucas (Prelude To a Kiss) and Nathan Tysen (Tuck Everlasting), but nothing more is known about the timeline of the adaptation of the 2001 French movie. Including, of course, its cast — which will have to step into the very adorable shoes of Audrey Tautou, the French actress who catapulted to fame following her appearance in the film. Who could possibly take on the role of the doe-eyed dreamer?

We'll have to consider the three qualifications needed for the role: 1) The ability to sing, 2) Whimsy, and 3) Huge, gigantic eyes. So, before we line up to get our tickets (so we can finally, actually sing along to its undeniably lovely soundtrack), let's look into the options:

Zooey Deschanel

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Whimsy? Check. Eyes? Double-check. Ability to Sing? Check... but can you go from underwear ads to Broadway?

Sutton Foster

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Now that Bunheads is canceled, let's get Foster back where she excels most: Broadway. The actress' role in Anything Goes certainly proved she was whimsical, and her two Tony Awards back up her undeniable vocal talent. Still, those eyes? Those are way too normal-sized for Amélie.

Cristin Milioti

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The Once Broadway star has already proven she has the vocal chops, and her eyes are big enough to swallow all of Ted Mosby's hair on How I Met Your Mother. Besides, her inspired appearance on 30 Rock as "sexy baby" Abby Flynn proves she has enough whimsy to pull off pigtails. Nailed it.