Six-time Broadway ensemblist Alison Cimmet takes a look back at opening night of Amelie:
"It is such a thrill opening a brand new musical on Broadway. I've had the pleasure of being in the original cast of four brand new Broadway shows (A Tale of Two Cities, Baby it's You, Bonnie and Clyde, Amelie) and two revivals (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, She Loves Me). Each experience has been different and amazing in its own way. Amelie was the first time I was involved with all the out-of-town productions prior to coming to Broadway, so it was particularly special to me. There was an incredible energy of celebration in the air: we finally made it to Broadway!!
"Broadway openings are like Christmas. I got to the theater super early, yet somehow everyone else had already come because there was a huge pile of cards and gifts and flowers on my dressing table. I share a tiny dressing room with Harriett D. Foy, and there wasn't room in there for all the flowers we got, so we had to put some of the vases out in the (also tiny) hallway! I was especially touched by a basket of snacks our amazing dresser Tracey gave us - she had noticed what we each liked to munch on (and even what kind of gum we each liked!) and gave us a personalized assortment.
"Then I went to the Gypsy Robe ceremony where everyone came together on the stage, celebrated those of us making debuts (yay Randy Blair, David Andino, Destinee Rea, Savvy Crawford and Audrey Bennett!!), and cheered on Manoel Felciano who took on the honor of receiving the robe and blessing the theater. I had a little extra time, so Phillipa Soo and I went to the tiny coffee shop next door and got coffee, and met up with Adam Chanler-Berat in the little park nearby. We sat in the sunshine drinking our coffee and felt joyful and excited. After that, I went back to the Kerr and got ready with my regular routine (do all my makeup, then yoga on the stage behind the curtain with the hum of audience members getting seated as my soundtrack, then get my costume on), and every now and then I opened another card or gift. Harriett and I both eventually taped our cards up on the mirror so now there are very small spaces to check our makeup/hair/costumes, and the rest is covered with love!
"The performance itself was electric: the audience was excited and generous and warm. It was such a relief and a release to share this show with NYC after such a long developmental road. After the show, everyone changed into their fancy digs and headed to the fancy party at Rockefeller Center. I walked over with my outrageously talented cast mate Randy Blair and was so thrilled to be there with him for his big Broadway debut. We did the press line, which we call "step and repeat" and video interviews. After that, I met up with my family, and we ate and drank and mingled and enjoyed the evening! My husband and father have always been my opening night guests, but this time I was able to also invite my awesome siblings Brian and Steph, and Brian's wife, Toni. My brother is also in the business (he's now a musical theater professor at Syracuse University - hi, Brian Cimmet!), and I think it was a treat for him to attend a Broadway opening night. I know it was a treat for me to have him there!! By the end of the evening, my feet were killing me and it was time to go home. My sister and I went to bed around 2am, and I was up just a few hours later at 6:30am, getting my kids ready and sending them off to school! I'll catch up on sleep eventually!
"Now it's time to enjoy the run. It's an incredibly company and a beautiful show, and I feel so grateful and happy to be a part of it. Thanks for reading!"
You listen to our episode on Opening Night here.