March 28, 2016
By Dr. Leonard Golubchck, LaborPress Entertainment Editor
New York, NY – The Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick revival of “She Loves Me” is an intimate, stellar and warmhearted theatrical presentation which is brought to life by the creators of “Fiddler On the Roof”. This is a musical gem which guarantees that you will love this show.
Scott Ellis who directed the first revival for the Roundabout Theater Company in 1993 (and which first appeared on Broadway in 1963) brings us a production which is satisfying with comic timing and wit which interweaves the romantic musical story which is based upon the movie “Shop Around the Corner”.
Joe Masteroff’s book is well integrated through song, comic interludes and multi- character sequences. The story is set in Budapest Hungary in a perfume shop Called Maraczek’s Parfumerie. The focus is on a pair of feuding workers who are masterfully portrayed by Laura Benanti and Zackery Levi. Unknowingly they have been paired by a lonely hearts club through letters which are addressed to each other. Ms. Benanti displays a superb vocal range and wonderful comedic instincts playing the lovelorn Amalia. Mr. Levi gives a first rate performance as Amalia’s love interest, Georg. The wonderful talented supporting cast includes Jane Krakowski as Ilona, Gavin Creel as her boyfriend Kodaly, and Michael McGrath Peter Bartlett and Byron Jennings.
The show’s impact is amazing for the audience and the magic between the actors and their connection with the audience leaves us overjoyed and empathic.