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One of the most beloved musicals in the American theater canon, She Loves Me, is coming back to Broadway in spring 2016, with Laura Benanti and Josh Radnor as quarreling perfume-counter clerks unaware that they are each other’s anonymous romantic pen pals.
If that scenario sounds familiar it’s because book writer Joe Masteroff (Cabaret) adapted the material from Hungarian playwright Miklos Laszlo‘s Parfumerie. The same play served as the source for Ernst Lubitsch‘s 1940 screen classic, The Shop Around the Corner, with James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan; the 1949 movie musical In the Good Old Summertime, with Judy Garland and Van Johnson; and the 1998 Nora Ephron comedy You’ve Got Mail, which starred Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.
The musical revival will be produced by Roundabout Theatre Company and directed by Scott Ellis, a six-time Tony Award nominee, represented on Broadway this season with The Elephant Man, You Can’t Take It With You and Roundabout’s upcoming revival of On the Twentieth Century, starring Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher.
Ellis has a history with She Loves Me, having directed a popular revival of the show for Roundabout in 1993 that landed a staggering ten Tony nominations, including one for choreographer Rob Marshall before he veered into film directing. The musical has a score by composer Jerry Bock and lyricist Sheldon Harnick, the team behind the enduring hit Fiddler on the Roof, which is also scheduled for a revival during the 2015-16 Broadway season.
Radnor, who is best known for his role on the long-running sitcom How I Met Your Mother, appears on Broadway this season in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Disgraced. He will play Georg, a role he previously took in Roundabout’s special one-night-only concert staging in 2011. Benanti, a 2008 Tony winner for Gypsy who is currently guest-starring on ABC’s Nashville, will play Amalia, a role originated in 1963 by the great Barbara Cook.
Full cast, creative team, dates and venue for She Loves Me are to be announced.
Also slated for Roundabout’s 50th-anniversary season is a revival of Michael Frayn‘s backstage farce Noises Off; Stephen Karam‘s new play The Humans; and Keira Knightley making her Broadway debut in a Helen Edmundson adaptation of Emile Zola‘s Therese Raquin.