"She Loves Me"
Opens May 16 at Huntington

A major revival of the Joe Masteroff - Sheldon Harnick - Jerry Bock musical “She Loves Me,” directed by Nicholas Martin and featuring a cast of award-winning actors, will play May 16 - June 15 at the Huntington Theatre. This production marks the close of the Huntington’s 2007-2008 Season as well as the end of Martin’s tenure as Artistic Director. “She Loves Me” is presented in association with Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Based on the play “Parfumerie” by Miklos Laszlo (which inspired the classic Jimmy Stewart film “The Shop Around the Corner” and the Tom Hanks remake “You’ve Got Mail”), “She Loves Me” tells the story of two anonymous pen pals, Georg and Amalia, who write lovingly to each other by night, unaware that they work together and are bitter rivals by day.

Harnick and Bock's extensive credits include the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical “Fiorello!,” “Fiddler on the Roof," “The Apple Tree,” “Tenderloin,” “The Rothchilds,” and “Cyrano– The Musical.” Book writer Joe Masteroff also wrote the book for the Kander and Ebb musicals “Cabaret” and “70, Girls, 70.”

The original 1963 production made Barbara Cook a Broadway star and introduced the indelible songs “Vanilla Ice Cream,” “Good Morning, Good Day,” as well as the title song. The classic musical was rediscovered by a new generation via a 1993 Broadway revival.

“This is the best cast we’ve ever had for a show,” commented director Nicholas Martin, who has assembled some of his favorite actors for this production, which moves to the Williamstown Theatre Festival on June 27.

Tony and Drama Desk Award nominee Brooks Ashmanskas (from the Huntington’s productions of “Present Laughter” and “Amphitryon”) and Kate Baldwin (last seen in the Huntington’s “Falsettos”) star as the unlikely lovers.

Troy Britton Johnson, who was featured in the Tony Award-winning musical “The Drowsy Chaperone,” plays Steven Kodaly.

Tony Award-winner Dick Latessa (“Hairspray”), seen last season in the Huntington’s “The Cherry Orchard,” plays shop owner Mr. Maraczek.

Jessica Stone, IRNE Award-winning star of the Huntington’s “Betty’s Summer Vacation” and recently seen in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s “Crimes of the Heart” revival as well as Broadway’s “Butley” and “The Odd Couple,” plays Ilona.

The cast also includes: Jeremy Beck, Mark Nelson and Mark Vietor.

For tickets and information, stop by the box office at 264 Huntington Avenue in Boston, call 617-266-0800 or visit www.huntingtontheatre.org.

-- OnStage Boston



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