Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is thrilled to announce Zachary Levi (Georg) will star alongside Laura Benanti (Amalia), René Auberjonois (Maraczek), Gavin Creel (Kodaly), Michael McGrath (Sipos) and Jane Krakowski (Ilona) in a new Broadway production of SHE LOVES ME, directed by Scott Ellis, choreographed by Warren Carlyle with musical direction by Paul Gemignani. This classic musical comedy features a book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Bock.
Zachary Levi had a successful Broadway debut with musical First Date (2013) winning a Theater World Award and earning a nomination for the Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance. He currently stars in NBC’s new fall series “Heroes Reborn” and is well known for his starring role on NBC’s fan favorite “Chuck”. Previously announced actor Josh Radnor departed the production due to scheduling conflicts.
The cast will also feature Nicholas Barasch (Arpad) and Peter Bartlett (Head Waiter) and ensemble members Cameron Adams, Alison Cimmet, Justin Bowen, Preston Truman Boyd, Benjamin Eakeley, Sara Edwards, Michael Fatica, Gina Ferrall, Jenifer Foote, Andrew Kober, Laura Shoop, Jim Walton.
In a special celebration of Roundabout’s 50th Anniversary season, She Loves Me returns to Broadway in a new production led by Roundabout’s Associate Artistic Director Scott Ellis. Scott directed Roundabout’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 On the Twentieth Century.
She Loves Me will begin preview performances on February 5, 2016 and officially open on March 3, 2016. This is a limited engagement through May 22, 2016 at Studio 54 on Broadway (254 West 54th Street).
The creative team includes David Rockwell (sets), Jeff Mahshie (costumes), Don Holder (Lights), Jon Weston (Sound), Larry Hochman (Orchestrations), David Krane (Dance Arrangements & Incidental Music).
ZACHARY LEVI (Georg). Levi’s exuberance and charm and star power have made him a preferred first pick in Hollywood. Levi will soon be seen on upcoming NBC series ‘Heroes.” The highly anticipated revamp of the fan favorite show will premiere to excited audiences in the fall of 2015. This marks a return to NBC for Levi, who portrayed the beloved “Chuck” for five seasons. Levi recently did a theater run in his Broadway debut as “Aaron” a sweet guy looking for love, opposite Krysta Rodriguez in the witty musical “First Date” The play received critical acclaim as did Levi for the run of the show. On the big screen, Levi appeared most recently in the Marvel film “Thor 2” as the role of Fandral the Dashing. Levi also appeared as the lead role opposite Mandy Moore in Disney’s twist on its classic Rapunzel, entitled “Tangled.” The Oscar nominated film was a huge success at the box office and DVD release. Additionally, Levi appeared in the 20th Century Fox film “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” which broke box office records in its Christmas release. Levi was also seen starring with Amber Tamblyn in the independent feature film “Spiral” and audiences also remember his starring roles in the franchise film “Big Momma’s House 2″with Martin Lawrence. Levi grew up in Ventura County, CA. He began acting in theater at the early age of six, performing lead roles in regional productions such as “Grease,” “The Outsiders,” “Oliver,” “Godspell,” “The Wizard of Oz” and “Big River”, and “Marvin’s Room” It was this early training that ultimately brought him to the attention of Hollywood. Levi devotes much time and energy doing philanthropic work as an ambassador for Operation Smile, through his company The Nerd Machine and his annual comic con event NERD HQ which has raised over a million dollars for the charity to date. Levi currently resides in Los Angeles.
Roundabout Theatre Company welcomes back celebrated Broadway performer Jane Krakowski after her Tony-winning performance in Roundabout’s 2003 Broadway production of Nine. Laura Benanti also starred in Roundabout’s production of Nine. Jane Krakowsi and Peter Bartlett starred in a special one-night only gala reading of She Loves Me in 2011. The company of She Loves Me represents many Roundabout alumni including Nicholas Barasch Alison Cimmet, Justin Bowen, Preston Truman Boyd, Benjamin Eakeley, Gina Ferrall, Jenifer Foote and Jim Walton.
She Loves Me is a heartwarming musical comedy classic about finding love the good old-fashioned way. It follows Georg (Levi) 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 celebrated score features favorites such as “Vanilla Ice Cream”, “A Romantic Atmosphere”, “Dear Friend” and “She Loves Me.” The musical is based on a play by Miklos Laszlo, whose well-known romantic story was the basis for the 1940 James Stewart film “The Shop Around the Corner” and the 1998 Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan film “You’ve Got Mail”.
Major support for She Loves Me is provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.
She Loves Me benefits from Roundabout’s Musical Theatre Fund with lead gifts from The Howard Gilman Foundation and Perry and Marty Granoff.
Tickets for She Loves Me are first made available to subscribers and donors. Whether you are interested in the best value or VIP experiences, Roundabout has a package option for you. Visit roundabouttheatre.org or call 212-719-1300 for more info. For first access to tickets and insider news, sign up for Roundabout’s email club at www.roundabouttheatre.org or by calling Roundabout Audience Services at 212.719.1300.
Beginning September 13, tickets will be made available to the general public by calling 212.719.1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org, and in person at Roundabout’s Studio 54 Box office (254 West 54th Street). Single tickets for She Loves Me range in price from $52-$147.
Roundabout Theatre Company is committed to producing the highest quality theatre with the finest artists, sharing stories that endure, and providing accessibility to all audiences. A not-for-profit company, Roundabout fulfills its mission each season through the production of classic plays and musicals; development and production of new works by established and emerging writers; educational initiatives that enrich the lives of children and adults; and a subscription model and audience outreach programs that cultivate and engage all audiences.
Roundabout Theatre Company presents a variety of plays, musicals, and new works on its five stages. Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design, is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics. Roundabout’s Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions. The Stephen Sondheim Theatre offers a state of the art LEED certified Broadway theatre in which to stage major large-scale musical revivals. Together these distinctive homes serve to enhance Roundabout’s work on each of its stages.
American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. Roundabout productions are supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Roundabout’s 50th anniversary season in 2015-2016 includes: Clive Owen, Eve Best and Kelly Reilly in Old Times by Harold Pinter, directed by Douglas Hodge; Andrea Martin, Campbell Scott, Tracee Chimo, Daniel Davis, David Furr, Kate Jennings Grant, Megan Hilty, Rob McClure and Jeremy Shamos in Noises Off by Michael Frayn, directed by Jeremy Herrin; The Humans by Stephen Karam, directed by Joe Mantello; Keira Knightley, Gabriel Ebert, Matt Ryan and Judith Light in a new adaptation of Thérèse Raquin by Helen Edmundson, based upon the novel by Émile Zola, directed by Evan Cabnet; Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi, René Auberjonois, Gavin Creel, Michael McGrath and Jane Krakowski in She Loves Me by Joe Masteroff, Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock, directed by Scott Ellis; Jessica Lange, Gabriel Byrne, Michael Shannon and John Gallagher, Jr. in Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Jonathan Kent. The 2015-2016 Roundabout Underground production is Ugly Lies the Bone, a new play by Lindsey Ferrentino, directed by Patricia McGregor.
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