She Loves Me, With Kelli O'Hara, Josh Radnor, Cheyenne Jackson, Jane Krakowski, Will Sing in Benefit Concert

News   She Loves Me, With Kelli O'Hara, Josh Radnor, Cheyenne Jackson, Jane Krakowski, Will Sing in Benefit Concert She Loves Me, a title that ushered in Roundabout Theatre Company's expanded mission to include musicals back in 1993, will be presented by the company in a starry Dec. 5 benefit Broadway concert featuring Tony Award nominee Kelli O'Hara and TV's Josh Radnor as co-workers who are also unknowing romantic pen pals.

Kelli O'Hara
Kelli O'Hara Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Scott Ellis (Twelve Angry Men, Curtains) will again direct the romantic musical comedy by Joe Masteroff (book), Jerry Bock (music) and Sheldon Harnick (lyrics). The 7:30 PM performance will play the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, the home of Roundabout's Anything Goes.

Paul Gemignani, a regular Roundabout artist, will serve as musical director of a 15-member orchestra using the original orchestrations of Don Walker.

Tony Award nominee O'Hara (South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza, The Pajama Game) will star as Amalia Balash, who takes a job at a parfumerie without knowing that her co-worker, Georg, played by Radnor (star of TV's "How I Met Your Mother"), is her secret pen pal in a lonely-hearts club.

The cast will also include Tony Award winner Jane Krakowski (Nine, Grand Hotel, "30 Rock") as jaded co-worker Miss Ritter, Cheyenne Jackson (Xanadu, Finian's Rainbow) as philandering co-worker Steven Kodaly, Tony nominee Michael McGrath (Memphis) as practical co-worker Sipos, Tony nominee Rory O'Malley (The Book of Mormon) as apprentice/delivery boy Arpad, and four-time Tony nominee Victor Garber as rueful employer Mr. Maraczek.

Additional casting of the Head Waiter, busboy, customers and others will be announced. Musical staging will be by JoAnn M. Hunter. The design team includes Derek McLane (sets), Jeff Mahshie (costumes), Peter Kaczorowski (lights) and Brian Ronan (sound).

Proceeds from the concert benefit not-for-profit Roundabout Theatre Company and all its programs and activities.

Sheldon Harnick
photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

According to Roundabout notes, the 1963 musical "follows Amalia (O'Hara) and Georg (Radnor), two feuding clerks in a European parfumerie during the 1930s who secretly find solace in their anonymous romantic pen pals, little knowing their respective correspondents are actually each other."

The charm-bomb score by Bock & Harnick includes "Dear Friend," "I Resolve," "Tonight at Eight," "Will He Like Me?," "Vanilla Ice Cream," "Days Gones By," "Grand Knowing You," "Try Me" and the title song, among other tunes. Barbara Cook originally played Amalia, and her soprano was preserved on an original cast album. Harold Prince directed and produced the original production, which was nominated for a 1964 Tony as Best Musical.

The She Loves Me evening is billed as a celebration of Roundabout's 20th anniversary of producing on Broadway, which began in 1991 at the Criterion Center in Times Square. Roundabout's 1993 Broadway revival of She Loves Me began life at the Criterion Center and launched Roundabout's Musical Theatre program.

The production (which also spawned a cast album, featuring replacement Diane Fratantoni as Amalia) was nominated for nine Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, Best Director and Best Choreography (Rob Marshall) and the four major acting awards. It also won the 1994 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical Revival.

Cheyenne Jackson
photo by Karl Simone

With She Loves Me, Roundabout began the process of becoming a major producer of Broadway revivals, including Cabaret, 1776, Nine, Assassins, The Pajama Game, Sunday in the Park with George and the current 2011 Tony Award-winning production of Anything Goes.

VIP, Premium and Reception tickets (ranging $1,000-$5,000 per person), which include admission to an exclusive cast party following the performance, are available. The co-chairs for the evening are Roundabout board member Michael T. Cohen and Amanda and Gary Wolf.

Tax-deductible benefit tickets are now available by calling Roundabout's Development Office at (212) 719-9393.

Beginning Oct. 24, select orchestra and mezzanine tickets ($150-$500) will be available to the general public by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300, visiting any Roundabout box office (Stephen Sondheim Theatre, American Airlines Theatre or the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre) or online at www.roundabouttheatre.org.

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Roundabout Theatre Company is a not-for-profit theatre "dedicated to providing a nurturing artistic home for theatre artists at all stages of their careers where the widest possible audience can experience their work at affordable prices." Roundabout fulfills its mission each season "through the revival of classic plays and musicals; development and production of new works by established playwrights and emerging writers; educational initiatives that enrich the lives of children and adults; and a subscription model and audience outreach programs that cultivate loyal audiences."

Roundabout Theatre Company currently produces at five theatres — Off-Broadway at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre; and on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre, Studio 54 and the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

For more information about Roundabout's programs, visit www.roundabouttheatre.org.

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