On the Twentieth Century Star Will Head to Broadway Revival of She Loves Me, Starring Laura Benanti

News   On the Twentieth Century Star Will Head to Broadway Revival of She Loves Me, Starring Laura Benanti
Tony Award winner Michael McGrath, who recently starred in Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway revival of On the Twentieth Century, has joined the cast of Bock & Harnick's She Loves Me, starring Laura Benanti and Josh Radnor.

Michael McGrath
Michael McGrath

McGrath will play Sipos in a cast that includes Benanti (as Amalia), Radnor (as Georg), Jane Krakowski (as Ilona), René Auberjonois (as Maraczek), Gavin Creel (as Kodaly), Nicholas Barasch (as Arpad) and Peter Bartlett (as Head Waiter).

The ensemble includes Cameron Adams, Alison Cimmet, Justin Bowen, Preston Truman Boyd, Benjamin Eakeley, Sara Edwards, Michael Fatica, Gina Ferrall, Jenifer Foote, Andrew Kober, Laura Shoop and Jim Walton.

As previously announced, six-time Tony nominee Scott Ellis will direct She Loves Me, which features a book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Bock.

Performances will begin Feb. 5, 2016, prior to an official opening March 3, 2016, at Studio 54. The limited engagement will play through May 22, 2016.

The production will celebrate Roundabout's 50th anniversary season. Roundabout associate artistic director Ellis directed the company's ten-time Tony-nominated revival of She Loves Me in 1993, which marked the first Broadway musical in the company's history and launched the Musical Theatre Program at Roundabout. Highlights from Roundabout's Musical Theatre Program include Cabaret, Nine, Assassins, Violet, The Pajama Game, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Sunday in the Park with George, Anything Goes and Broadway's first revival of On the Twentieth Century. She Loves Me will feature choreography by Warren Carlyle with musical direction by Paul Gemignani

She Loves Me, according to RTC, "is a heartwarming musical comedy classic about finding love the good old-fashioned way. It follows Georg (Radnor) and Amalia (Benanti), two parfumerie clerks who aren't quite the best of friends. Constantly bumping heads while on the job, the sparring coworkers can't seem to find common ground. But little do they know, the anonymous romantic pen pals they have both been falling for happen to be each other! Will love continue to blossom once their identities are finally revealed?"

The original 1963 production starred Barbara Cook, Daniel Massey and Jack Cassidy and ran 301 performances--considered a disappointment for songwriters Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, the team whose Fiorello! had previously won a Tony and Pulitzer, and who would soon write Fiddler on the Roof. Devoted fans of the original cast album helped get the show its 1993 Broadway revival that ran a year.

Their score features favorites such as "Vanilla Ice Cream," "A Romantic Atmosphere," "Dear Friend" and "She Loves Me."

The creative team for the 2016 revival of She Loves Me also includes David Rockwell (sets), Jeff Mahshie (costumes), Don Holder (lights), Jon Weston (sound), Larry Hochman (orchestrations) and David Krane (dance arrangements and incidental music).

Tickets for She Loves Me are first made available to subscribers and donors. Visit RoundaboutTheatre.org or call (212) 719-1300 for more information.

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