Music by Michel Legrand / French Libretto by Didier Van Cauwelaert / English Adaptation by Jeremy Sams / Adapted from Le Passe-Mauraille by Marcel Aymé (Les Editions Gallimard)
Adapted from the 1943 short story “Le Passe-Muraille” by beloved French author Marcel Aymé for a 1997 Paris debut, Amour tells the story of Dusoleil, a shy clerk working in a dreary office in post-World War II Paris. One day he discovers he has the ability to walk through walls, and embraces a life of romance and adventure. With music by multiple Oscar and Grammy-winner Michel Legrand and adapted into English by Jeremy Sams from the French Libretto by Didier van Cauwelaert, Amour was nominated for multiple Tony awards when it played on Broadway in 2002.
Le Passe-Muraille Sculpture in Montemarte
Le Passe-Muraille (Walker through Walls) is a larger than life bronze statue representing a man half trapped in a stone wall. The French actor and sculptor Jean Marais (1913-1998) created this unusual bronze patina sculpture in 1989 to pay tribute to Marcel Aymé (1902-1967), a popular French novelist, screenwriter and playwright. Marcel Aymé was not born in Paris but spent his entire life in rue Norvins and used Montmartre as the setting for many of his novels. The Passe-Muraille statue was placed in front of his house.
Special Thanks to the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events for support for Amour. This project is partially supported by an Individual Artist Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.