Anyone who doubts the influence and enduring appeal of cast recordings should take note of She Loves Me, an intimate, romantic, and totally charming show by the team of Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof) that had a short Broadway run in 1963. The show was kept alive by a legendary and unprecedented two-LP original cast album that spurred numerous regional productions and, 30 years after the original run, this Broadway revival at the Roundabout Theatre. The sweet story (based on the same Hungarian play that inspired the films The Shop Around the Corner, In the Good Old Summertime and You've Got Mail) focuses on two perfume shop coworkers (played by Boyd Gaines, who won a Tony for the role, and Diane Fratantoni) who can't stand each other, unaware they are romantic pen pals. Heading the supporting cast is the always wonderful Sally Mayes, who received a Tony nomination for the role of Ilona, even if she can't match the ditzy defenselessness of Barbara Baxley in the 1963 cast. In fact, it's almost an impossible task for any cast to match the original, but give this revival credit for giving She Loves Me new life where it belongs--on the stage. --David Horiuchi
NR (Not Rated)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I've loved this show from the first time I saw it in 2008 in a terrific production by the best theater company in Boston, the Huntington. The 2008 Boston Globe's rave review started, this is "a show you probably haven't seen". She Loves Me is the stealth musical.
Two years later and She Loves Me was back in the Boston area, this time an excellent amateur production, and I decided it was time to buy the CD. Unable to decide I bought both the original cast album starring Barbara Cook and the 1993 Broadway revival cast album.
This show requires eight good singers (7 in the shop and the waiter) all of whom have at least one solo, and amazingly both CDs have only seven good singers. Whoever plays Mr. Maraczek on the 1993 revival CD can't sing at all. He is a disaster, so one of best songs of the show (Days Gone By) is lost. In the original cast album the weak singer is Ilona. She has a squeaky mickey mouse voice, but since she has good comic inflections and timing she...
I bought this when I wanted to sing the song "Vanilla Ice Cream" for a theatre showcase back in college. It's funny because once I started hearing the songs and the storyline, it made me think of the movie "You've Got Mail" with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. Anyway, love it. And nailed my performance. 😊
Thought the original recording of "She Loves Me" with Cook and Massey couldn't be beat. But along comes Gaynes, Fratantoni, and Mayes with a cast and orchestra that is right up there alongside the original and the 1994 London cast recordings. A joyous Bock/Harnick musical perfectly performed and produced. A must have for musical theatre lovers. "She Loves Me," and I LOVE IT!
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