Loving She Loves Me – This is How Revivals Should Be
By Lauren Yarger
She Loves Me, one of two Jerry Bock/Sheldon Harnick musicals getting a Broadway revival this season (Fiddler on the Roof is just a couple of blocks away), is something to love all right. This delightful, feel-good musical produced by Roundabout Theatre Company is just what revivals should be – fun that brings a smile to our face.
The title might not sound familiar, but trust me, you have seen the story. You might know it as the play Parfumerie by Miklos Laszlo, or the 1940 film “The Shop Around the Corner” starring James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan.
Or maybe you remember another film, 1949’s “In the Good Old Summertime,” starring Judy Garland and Van Johnson, or perhaps the 1998 remake “You’ve Got Mail,” with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. They’re all the same story at their root. Two pen pals meet in person, not realizing who they are, and while they fall in love through their anonymous letters addressed only to e”Dear Friend,” in person, the sparks that fly are more combative in nature.
Here (in a book by Joe Masteroff) the pair is Laura Benanti (as Amalia Balash) and Zachary Levi (as Georg Nowack), clerks in a Budapest Parfumerie owned by Mr. Maraczek (a steady Byron JenningsMichael McGrath
Tuesday through Saturday at 8 pm; Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $52–$157: roundabouttheatre.org.
Lighting Design by
Dance and Incidental Music David Kraine.
Ensemble: Cameron Adams, Justin Bowen, Preston Truman Boyd, Alison Cimmet, Benjamin Eakeley, Sara Edwards, Michael Fatica, Gina Ferrall, Jenifer Foote, Andrew Kober, Laura Shoop, Jim Walton.
--God's name taken in vain
-- Suicide attempt