Jane Krakowski Returning to Broadway in 'She Loves Me'
Along with Rene Auberjonois and Gavin Creel, the Emmy-nominated 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' star joins previously announced leads Laura Benanti and Josh Radnor in the spring musical revival.
Thirteen years after winning a Tony Award for her sizzling turn in the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Nine, Jane Krakowski will return to Broadway next spring in the same company's upcoming revival of She Loves Me.
The 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star joins previously announced leads Laura Benanti and Josh Radnor in the 1963 musical comedy about quarreling perfume counter clerks who are unaware that they are also anonymous romantic pen pals.
Written by Joe Masteroff (Cabaret), with songs by the Fiddler on the Roof team of composer Sheldon Harnick and lyricist Jerry Bock, the show is based on the Hungarian play Parfumerie, which also yielded the movies The Shop Around the Corner and You've Got Mail.
Directed by Scott Ellis, with choreography by Warren Carlyle and music direction by Paul Gemignani, the production begins previews on Feb. 5 at Studio 54, with opening night set for March 3. The limited engagement is scheduled to run through May 22, 2016.
Also joining the cast is Broadway veteran Rene Auberjonois, a 1970 Tony winner for the musical Coco, in which he appeared opposite Katharine Hepburn; Gavin Creel, whose Broadway credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie, La Cage aux Folles, Hair and The Book of Mormon; Nicholas Barasch, last seen in Roundabout's Broadway revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood; and Peter Bartlett, currently appearing in Something Rotten!
Krakowski made her Broadway debut on roller skates in 1987 in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Starlight Express, going on to appear in the musicals Grand Hotel, Company, Once Upon a Mattress and, most recently, Nine in 2003. In that production, which starred Antonio Banderas and also featured Benanti, Krakowski memorably performed the song "A Call From the Vatican," while suspended upside-down and near-naked. She won an Olivier Award for her role in the 2005 London production of Guys And Dolls, starring opposite Ewan McGregor, and will be onscreen this summer in Sony's Pixels.
Her role in Netflix's The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt earned Krakowski a 2015 Emmy nomination for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series.
The She Loves Me revival is part of a stellar lineup for Roundabout's 50th anniversary season. The Broadway slate includes Keira Knightley in Therese Raquin, Clive Owen in Old Times, Andrea Martin in Noises Off and Jessica Lange, Gabriel Byrne and John Gallagher Jr. in Long Day's Journey Into Night.
Roundabout has also lined up a top-tier cast of New York stage regulars for its off-Broadway premiere in the fall of Stephen Karam's new play, The Humans, with Joe Mantello directing Cassie Beck, Reed Birney, Jayne Houdyshell, Greg Keller, Sarah Steele and Joyce Van Patten.
July 17, 11 a.m. Updated with 2015 Emmy Award nomination details.