Call it fate. Los Angeles' musical revival series, Reprise!, will delay their planned spring production of Kismet to the 2003-2004 season, instead producing Harnick and Bock's She Loves Me March 18-30. Scheduling conflicts with Kismet's unannounced participants caused the change.
She Loves Me is a sweet romantic comedy, bringing together Georg and Amalia, two bickering shop clerks who hate each other, through a pen-pal relationship. Although Georg discovers early he is writing to Amalia, she remains ignorant to the very end of the show, resulting in much love-lorn comic chaos. "Ice Cream" is perhaps the best known number from the show, immortalized by Barbara Cook, but the beloved score also features the title tune, "Days Gone By," "Dear Friend," "Grand Knowing You," "Ilona," "A Trip to the Library" and "Tonight at Eight."
She Loves Me opened on Broadway on April 23, 1963 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre with Cook and Jack Cassidy, running for 302 performances. A successful Roundabout revival of the musical bowed in 1993, netting a Tony Award for its star, Boyd Gaines.
No cast has yet been announced for She Loves Me. David Lee (Pasadena Playhouse's Do I Hear a Waltz?) will direct.
Reprise! is currently featuring Anything Goes through Sept. 29. On the Twentieth Century, starring Douglas Sills and Kristin Chenoweth, will play Jan. 21-Feb. 2, 2003. Tickets are available by calling (310) 825-2101. The Freud Playhouse is located within Macgowan Hall at UCLA. —By Christine Ehren