By Andrew Gans
and Kenneth Jones
16 May 2008
|Photo by Eric Antoniou|
Presented in association with the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the production, directed by Nicholas Martin, will play the B.U. Theatre (Huntington's main stage) through June 15 and then will head to Williamstown beginning June 27.
In addition to Ashmanskas as Georg Nowack and Baldwin as Amalia Balash, the cast also includes The Drowsy Chaperone's Troy Britton Johnson as Steven Kodaly, Tony Award winner Dick Latessa as Mr. Maraczek, Jessica Stone as Ilona, Jeremy Beck as Arpad, Mark Nelson as Sipos and Mark Vietor as the Headwaiter. The ensemble comprises Monique Alhaddad, Ashley Arcement, Jason Babinsky, Nancy E. Carroll, Aldrin Gonzales, Rosie Hunter, Matthew Kiernan, Josh Mertz, Kat Nejat and Sarah Turner.
She Loves Me — the 1963 jewelbox romantic musical comedy by Joe Masteroff, Sheldon Harnick and Jerome Bock — is the first major musical production by the Huntington in six years, and the final directing assignment for Martin in his role as artistic director. He's the new artistic director of Williamstown.
The production also features choreography by Denis Jones, musical direction by Charlie Alterman, scenic design by James Noone, costume design by Robert Morgan, lighting co-designed by Ken Posner and Philip Rosenberg and sound co-designed by Drew Levy and Tony Smolenski. Production stage manager is Matthew Silver; stage manager is Eileen Kelly.
The play also inspired the M-G-M musical picture, "In the Good Old Summertime."
Bock and Harnick are best known for writing the score to Fiddler on the Roof. Their work also includes the Pulitzer Prize-winning Fiorello! as well as The Apple Tree, Tenderloin and The Rothschilds.
Masteroff wrote the book for the Kander and Ebb musical, Cabaret.
Tickets are available by calling (617) 266-0800 or by visiting huntingtontheatre.org.