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She Loves Me

Members say: Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Enchanting, Romantic
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Roundabout Theatre Company presents a revival of the Tony Award-winning musical about two clerks who argue endlessly, while unknowingly writing loving letters to each other as anonymous pen pals.

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Amalia (Tony winner Laura Benanti) and Georg (Zachary Levi) work together at a modest parfumerie, and have disliked each other from the start. He thinks she’s stuck up, and she thinks he’s arrogant and mean. Yet each writes rapturously to a lonely hearts pen pal when the work day is done, and it doesn’t take long for the audience to see that they’re in love without realizing it. Little do they know the anonymous pen pals they have both been falling for happen to be each other! Will love continue to blossom once their identities are finally revealed?

 

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92
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95
The New York Times

"'She Loves Me' is a sustained reminder of the pleasures of exalted ordinariness...It succeeds in making you feel personally engaged by every one of its seven principal characters...It’s a world where even office antagonisms and anxiety can find an up-tempo synchronicity. And for those moments when you sense a song in your heart, there’s a first-class orchestra conveniently nearby to help you express yourself in a style that lives up to your bliss." Full Review

95
New York Post

"A musical doesn’t have to be perfect to delight. Cutting-edge is overrated, too: Just give us well-crafted material and a starry cast that knows exactly what it’s doing...Laura Benanti and Zachary Levi shine brightly as a classic rom-com couple...The pair have such a natural rapport that it’s impossible not to root for their characters. But then the entire cast of this spry production is flawless. Bock and Harnick give us frothy songs that are built to last under their cotton-candy exterior." Full Review

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Variety

"The Roundabout Theatre Company’s enchanting Broadway revival of 'She Loves Me' is so charming, you kind of wish it would follow you home...The show is a special triumph for director Scott Ellis...Laura Benanti and Zachary Levi are endearing as the shy lovers in this intimate romantic comedy, the supporting cast constitutes a dream team, and the stagecraft is absolutely flawless...This little jewel of a musical may have been lost in its original setting, but we know better now." Full Review

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Theatermania

"Pushing theatrical boundaries is all well and good, but there's no shame in coloring inside the lines when the finished product is as vibrant as Roundabout Theatre Company's latest revival of 'She Loves Me'...Anyone with a pulse will enjoy watching Laura Benanti and Zachary Levi fall in love...Scott Ellis directs the revival in this winsome spirit of Broadway's Golden Age." Full Review

95
Time Out New York

"The Roundabout gets so much right in a splendid, joy-stuffed production: casting, design and even the reduced orchestra...Benanti, besides looking as lovely as ever and earning her laughs, shows off an old-fashioned soprano with affecting vibrato. Levi slips into Georg’s skin with ease, exuding sweet modesty and just a pinch of hauteur. When he cartwheels across the stage during the exultant title song, you’re there with him, getting a contact high from his romantic bliss." Full Review

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The Huffington Post

"Theatergoers who want to see why Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick’s 'She Loves Me' is a well-nigh perfect Broadway musical should head to Studio 54, where Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi and Jane Krakowski—and the book, music and lyrics—virtually gleam like crystal perfume bottles on a silver tray in the bright sun. As for those who don’t care about classical perfection and only want a warm, funny and bounteously romantic musical valentine, get your tickets now." Full Review

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New York Magazine / Vulture

"Most classic musicals have a so-called charm song; 'She Loves Me' has nothing but...Though the director keeps the story moving swiftly and brightly, I couldn’t help wishing it were a little less bright..This is comedy, yes, but not farce, and a feeling of faint mistrust wafts off the stage...Something is missing; or is that just another romantic ideal needing to be knocked back to reality? If so, 'She Loves Me' is the show to do it. Listen with your imagination, and succumb to the ravishment." Full Review

90
The Guardian (UK)

"The current revival pays loving tribute to the strength of Masteroff’s book and Harnick and Bock’s songs while particularly celebrating the women of the cast...In too many musicals the music and lyrics merely echo the book or vice versa, but a great pleasure of 'She Loves Me' is in how the songs deepen and sometimes even contradict the conversation...So much sugar won’t be to everyone’s taste and one could wish for less passive female roles, but this entertainment is delectable." Full Review

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New York Theater

"Even somebody who has never heard of this romantic musical comedy could easily fall in love with 'She Loves Me'...Benanti couldn’t be better as Amalia...Creel is one of several cast members with overemphatic flourishes, which makes me suspect it was a decision by director Scott Ellis to opt toward the cartoonish. This is a quibble. In a cast of almost two dozen performers with many delights, there is little in 'She Loves Me' that’s not to love." Full Review

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Lighting & Sound America

"Mostly everything goes right in Scott Ellis' production...The authors have conjured up a chamber operetta full of quiet charms...I still find the first act a little calculated in its charms and a tad precious in its sensibility; however, the second act pays off delightfully and throughout it remains a blessedly civilized entertainment...Ellis has assembled a nearly ideal company...'She Loves Me' is good fun for grownups, a sip of surprisingly dry champagne." Full Review

85
The Huffington Post

"'She Loves Me' is not a big, brassy Broadway musical. The revival of the '60s gem is set in Budapest, 1934. It’s a more formal time, and the show champions intimacy and charm...Levi is a strong romantic lead with heart, while Benanti proves her comic chops. They, like the rest of the cast, click. In fact, the cast has more than its share of Tony winners. And it shows. There is a sweetness and care to 'She Loves Me,' aided by Rockwell’s glorious sets and Ellis’ crisp direction." Full Review

100
The Hollywood Reporter

"Roundabout Theatre Company's enchanting staging of 'She Loves Me' sends a message straight to the heart of romantic musical comedy lovers...It's also ideally cast, with an ensemble led by Laura Benanti. Add in Zachary Levi, projecting throwback charm with winning confidence...As an example of classic musical-comedy craftsmanship, it's beyond reproach...Everything falls into place in this richly satisfying production, which had me smiling from beginning to end. It's pure pleasure." Full Review

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The Wall Street Journal

"Perfection needs no commentary, so I’ll make it short and sweet: The Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of 'She Loves Me' is ideal...Scott Ellis’s fleet, warmhearted staging and Warren Carlyle’s witty dances do complete justice to Joe Masteroff’s charming book and the delicious Jerry Bock-Sheldon Harnick score: Every number pays off and every laugh lands with a bang...I do wish the orchestra contained a half-dozen more string players. All else is pure delight." Full Review

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AM New York

"I dare you to find a flaw in 'She Loves Me'...The first-rate score, full of inventive multi-character sequences and revealing solos, all neatly integrated into the book, is universally adored by musical theater aficionados...Benanti scores a homerun as the hopeful but staunch Amalia, and the same can be said about Krakowski...Levi is likable but underwhelming as the affable clerk Georg, but that hardly matters. The overall impact of this winning production leaves you teary-eyed and overjoyed." Full Review

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The Clyde Fitch Report

"Charm is not a prominent commodity. If some need a handy definition, it’s kicking up its heels in Scott Ellis’s perfect revival...He sprinkles surprises throughout the new proceedings...This isn’t to mention the unerring performances he encourages...They sing a score in which no song isn’t thoroughly romantic, delightful, amusing and/or affecting...So the question arises: Is there anything at all wrong with this supernal 'She Loves Me'? No." Full Review

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Talkin' Broadway

"'She Loves Me' is pure sterling. There's not a thing that's tired or overly tested here, and Ellis has approached the material with the sparkling eye and the mischievous nature of a man who has plenty to say...For the most part the cast is so in step with him and his candy-coated worldview, it's all but impossible to tell they're not creating their characters from scratch...Bathing in perfection is its own reward most of the time; you'll be thrilled at the prospect of drowning in it." Full Review

100
Times Square Chronicles

"A whimsical reminder of how good musicals can be. Every detail of this scrumptious treat is detailed...The score by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock and the book by Joe Masteroff is romantic, funny and endearing...Scott Ellis lets this piece shine by itself without gimmicks or tricks, and hones his actors so that we believe the truth of this simplistic story line that still steals our emotions...If you love musical theatre, this is the perfect homage to days gone by." Full Review

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New York Daily News

"Broadway’s bewitching new 'She Loves Me' is as sweet and exhilarating as a first kiss...There’s very little that’s confused about Scott Ellis’ sparkling straight-up staging for the Roundabout. Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick’s score packs yearning and humor as it caresses the ears and heart. The boutique and its colorful characters are brought to life beautifully...Sometimes there’s actually too much of a good thing...Still, 'She Loves Me' casts a spell." Full Review

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Deadline

"'She Loves Me' is probably the best Broadway musical you’ve never heard of...The Roundabout Theatre Company presented a brilliant revival of the show 23 years ago, and now returns to it again, and I’m thrilled to say that while I have aged, 'She Loves' Me has not, not one bit. The score remains enchanting. One nit, though it’s a substantial one: At Studio 54, the orchestra is split between boxes high on either side of the stage. Not good." Full Review

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CurtainUp

"For anyone who appreciates delicacy, charm and intimacy in their musicals rather than the big, high-kicking, and splashy kind, there's nothing to beat 'She Loves Me. ' And when it comes to musical revivals it doesn't get better than the Roundabout Theatre Company's new production. Scott Ellis has tapped into all 'She Loves Me's' charms with renewed vigor and flair...If you're looking for a good time, it's a sure bet that you'll love 'She Loves Me.'" Full Review

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Front Mezz Junkies

"There is a whole lotta love to be found at Studio 54 these days in the absolutely charming revival of 'She Loves Me'...Directed by Ellis is an impeccable supporting cast of pros. There isn’t a sour note in the lot...It’s a beautifully crafted and written show, a bit old-fashioned, but with some surprisingly modern twists and turns...The show reminds us what it is like to fall in love, but beyond that, it reminds me of the beginning of my love affair with theatre in general. " Full Review

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Newsday

"The production, directed with tender exactitude by Scott Ellis, now has the unstoppably appealing Laura Benanti and the equally winning Zachary Levi as the warring perfume sales clerks...About these songs: They have melodies that tumble against one another as if Bock and Harnick are giddy with the overlapping rush of spirited ideas and dance rhythms from waltzes to the habanera...Nothing is flashy or pushy. Everything is lovely." Full Review

90
The Associated Press

"An astounding cast, a nifty story and memorable songs turn this revival into a celebration of classic musical construction. It's worth skipping work to see...Benanti charms from the moment she steps onstage...Levi turns out to be no slouch either. The part requires a singer who can act and has comedic chops, and Levi nails it...There are some small, sour notes...But, overall, this is a show that, as one character says, gets 'the tilt of our hats right'. Come be swept away." Full Review

95
Bob's Theater Blog

"One of this well-crafted show's many accomplishments is that each character gets at least one song that both describes the character and advances the plot. The excellent cast does full justice to the wonderful music and lyrics...Director Scott Ellis, whose 1993 revival, also for Roundabout, was excellent, does even better this time out. I cannot imagine anyone not enjoying this wonderful production." Full Review

85
The Wrap

"A fine new revival is as sweet and sugary as its most famous tune, but never loses touch with the characters’ pain and heartbreak...Levi and Benanti connect through their characters’ mutual underlying loneliness. They’re as charming as Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan and they can also sing. Equally important, they never indulge in the usual musical-comedy tricks that attract Tony attention. Ellis wisely hands all that kind of Broadway shtick to the show’s ill-matched secondary couple." Full Review

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89
Avg Score

94
Delightful, Enchanting, Cliched, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you want to see a show with quirky and funny musics.

Don't see it if you cannot stand a cliched storyline.

95
Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You are seeking the perfect classic musical.

Don't see it if You are seeking a fresh, contemporary style musical.

90
Entertaining, Classic, Cute

See it if you like cute, classic, light-hearted musicals with a happy ending.

Don't see it if you're looking for something darker.

91
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if all star cast, Laura Benanti, Gavin Creel, Jane Krokowski, and Zackary Levi. All amazing show stoppers

Don't see it if you dont want a cutesy, heart warming show that leaves you with a smile on your face for the rest of the day

100
Delightful, Enchanting, Romantic, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You love any of the actors in it, want a show that you can't stop smiling about, are a fan of any of the movies that were based off of it

Don't see it if You're not a fan of classic musicals

92
Delightful, Enchanting, Great writing, Hilarious, Great singing

See it if you want to see a perfect production of a vastly underrated show. The cast, design, & direction are perfect.

Don't see it if you don't like love stories or musicals. This is classic musical theatre.

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Refreshing, Cliched, Dated

See it if you love old time formula musicals about boy meets girl...

Don't see it if you want something more modern and edgy... or where you might learn something.

90
Delightful, Enchanting, Romantic, Charming

See it if you enjoy a charming old-fashioned romance with wonderful music, an engaging book, fantastic performances and a lavish set.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy old-fashioned musicals or charming love stories.

95
Funny, Enchanting, Refreshing, Romantic, Fluffy

See it if You like candy-confection musicals with great soprano voices.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy romance.

91
Funny, Romantic, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You want to see a timeless romantic comedy set to music

Don't see it if you're looking for something thought-provoking

82
Enchanting, Great acting, Romantic, Great staging

See it if you love a beautiful, classically romantic show

Don't see it if you prefer newer shows that have more depth.

95
Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great singing

See it if you want to fall in love with a show.

Don't see it if If you don't like old fashion love stories

93
Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you want to see a great version of a lesser known show

Don't see it if you only prefer serious dramas

88
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy old-fashioned love stories with great singing and lovely staging. Also, Jane K was hilarious!

Don't see it if you prefer stories with a more modern feel.

80
Funny, Delightful, Romantic, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if You want a show that will give you a cavity, but in a fun and harmless way.

Don't see it if You like your musicals a more on an epic scale. Not much happens in this story.

68
Romantic, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy romantic musicals that err on the side of fluff.

Don't see it if you're looking for a show with more depth.

83
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if fun romantic theater I enjoyed it

Don't see it if if you do not like romantic shows

85
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if I thought the show was entertaining- you didn't have to worry about the storyline. As I said cute show....I ushered the show and saw if for

Don't see it if you do not like old fashioned musicals.

92
Funny, Delightful, Masterful, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a charming and witty musical.

Don't see it if You only like profound shows or do not like musicals.

94
Enchanting, Exquisite, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You enjoy great singing, dancing, musical scores, romance, sappiness , and joy!

Don't see it if You are a jaded cynic who is uncomfortable with sweetness and romance. Also if you hate ice cream...but who hates ice cream?

100
Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting, Romantic, Great singing

See it if you appreciate a romantic musical with great performances. Even on dvd, it's terrific! Laura Benanti is dazzling.

Don't see it if you can't abide romantic, intelligent musicals.

73
Funny, Great acting, Dated, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if If you just want entertaining. Great cast, fun show. Nothing more.

Don't see it if If you want a relevant, well written show.

96
Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if You like old fashioned musicals with great performers like Benanti and Krakowski, a great set, and can use a vacation from 21st c. vulgarity

Don't see it if You don't like musicals, romance, escapism, wonderful singing in a great vehicle. I know it's closed....just had to give it its due.

94
Absorbing, Enchanting, Masterful, Refreshing, Romantic

See it if you enjoy Bock and Harnick's arresting score and gorgeous tunes beautifully rendered by an excellent cast in a visually rich production.

Don't see it if your tastes don't run towards one of the more musically-sophisticated scores (short of Sondheim) that Broadway has to offer.

85
Delightful, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like old-fashioned musicals. good singing and romantic story .

Don't see it if you need a faster paced story