The critically-acclaimed Roundabout Theatre Company production of She Loves Me comes to THIRTEEN‘s Great Performances, Friday, October 20 at 9 p.m. (check local listings) as the opening presentation of PBS’s fall Broadway’s best lineup. Every Friday night, from October through December, PBS will give theater lovers a front-row seat to some of the best-loved Broadway shows, from glorious, feel-good musicals to captivating dramas. All four titles are productions by the theater streaming service BroadwayHD in association with THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET.
She Loves Me joins Present Laughter (November 3), Indecent (November 19), and Holiday Inn (November 24, and also from Roundabout) as part of PBS’s Broadway’s best lineup, directed for television by Emmy Award-winner David Horn, executive producer of both Great Performances and THIRTEEN‘s local Theater Close-Up series.
“For over 50 years, PBS has provided audiences locally and across the country with unparalleled access to some of the most exciting and eclectic theater offerings on Broadway and beyond. We’re pleased to continue this great tradition with a diverse mix of recent critically acclaimed productions,” Horn said.
She Loves Me was the first Broadway musical ever to stream live during a performance at Roundabout Theatre Company’s Studio 54. In the musical, Tony Award® winner Laura Benanti and Tony Award® nominee Zachary Levi star as Amalia and Georg, 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?
Critics unanimously embraced this latest production. Mark Kennedy of Associated Press, for one, remarked, “An astounding cast, a nifty story and memorable songs turn this revival into a celebration of classic musical construction.“
Marilyn Stasio of Variety raved, “The enchanting Broadway revival is so charming, you kind of wish it would follow you home.”
For BroadwayHD this performance of She Loves Me was produced by Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley and captured by BroadwayHD in June 2016, in association with Ellen M. Krass Productions, Inc. and THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC FOR WNET. It was directed for television by David Horn.
Part of Roundabout’s 50th Anniversary Season, She Loves Me also starred Byron Jennings (Maraczek), Gavin Creel (Kodaly), Tom McGowan (Sipos) and Jane Krakowski (Ilona) with Nicholas Barasch (Arpad) and Peter Bartlett (Head Waiter).
The production was directed by Tony Award® nominee 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.
This marks the second presentation of She Loves Me on Great Performances which aired a well-remembered British studio version starring Robin (“Poldark”) Ellis and Gemma (“The Slipper and the Rose”) Craven which delighted viewers.
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,” the 1949 Judy Garland and Van Johnson musical “In the Good Old Summertime,” and the 1998 Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan film “You’ve Got Mail.“
Roundabout’s Associate Artistic Director Scott Ellis previously 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.
The production started previews on February 19, 2016, and with the official opening on March 17, 2016. 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).
Major support for the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of She Loves Me is provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation. The stage production of She Loves Me also benefits from Roundabout’s Musical Theatre Fund with lead gifts from The Howard Gilman Foundation, Perry and Marty Granoff, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and Michael Kors and Lance Le Pere.
The Full Schedule:
GREAT PERFORMANCES: She Loves Me
Friday, October 20, 9 p.m.
LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER: Falsettos
Friday, October 27, 9 p.m.
William Finn and James Lapine’s alternatingly comic and heartbreaking musical about a modern family set during the emerging AIDS crisis revolves around the life of a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man named Marvin, his wife, lover, soon-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and the lesbians next door. Nominated for five 2017 Tony Awards and directed by Lapine, the Lincoln Center Theater production stars Christian Borle (Something Rotten!), Stephanie J. Block (Wicked), Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon, TV’s Girls), Anthony Rosenthal (Newsies National Tour), Tracie Thoms (Stick Fly), Brandon Uranowitz (An American in Paris), and Betsy Wolfe (Bullets Over Broadway).
GREAT PERFORMANCES: Noel Coward’s Present Laughter
Friday, November 3, 9 p.m.
Legendary Academy Award and Tony Award winner Kevin Kline made his eagerly awaited return to Broadway in 2017 with a Tony-winning performance in Noel Coward’s outrageously irresistible backstage comedy. With a spectacular cast headed by Kate Burton (Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy), Kristine Nielsen (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike), and Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) in her Broadway debut, Present Laughter follows a self-obsessed actor in the midst of a mid-life crisis. Juggling his considerable talent, ego and libido, the theater’s favorite leading man suddenly finds himself caught between fawning ingenues, crazed playwrights, secret trysts, and unexpected twists.
GREAT PERFORMANCES: In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams
Friday, Nov 10, 9 p.m.
In this encore, the cast and creative team of In the Heights — Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning first Broadway musical — embark on the greatest adventure of their young careers as they produce an original Latin and hip-hop-infused musical set outside a bodega in Washington Heights. The documentary offers an intimate look at the creation of the 2008 Best Musical Tony winner, from readings and rehearsals to opening night, chronicling the personal stories of Miranda, Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton), Christopher Jackson (Hamilton), Priscilla Lopez (A Chorus Line),Karen Olivo (West Side Story), and more.
GREAT PERFORMANCES: Indecent
Friday, November 17, 9 p.m.
Inspired by the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance, this play with music by Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive) is set at a time when waves of immigrants were changing America. Winner of two 2017 Tony Awards and directed by Rebecca Taichman (Time and the Conways), Indecent follows the cast of God of Vengeance, who risked their lives and careers against enormous challenges to perform a work in which they deeply believed, at a time when art, freedom, and truth were on trial. Told with compassion, honesty, and great theatricality – as well as joyous songs and dances – the critically acclaimed play stars Katrina Lenk (The Band’s Visit), Mimi Lieber (Act One), Max Gordon Moore (Relatively Speaking), and Adina Verson (Indecent, Vineyard Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, and Yale Repertory Theater).
GREAT PERFORMANCES: Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn – The Broadway Musical
Friday, November 24, 9 p.m.
Roundabout Theatre Company presents a toe-tapping new musical inspired by the 1942 Bing Crosby-Fred Astaire film about a performer who leaves the bright lights of Broadway and his fiancé dance partner to settle down at an old Connecticut farmhouse – which he turns into a seasonal inn with spectacular holiday performances. The exuberant musical features thrilling dance numbers by Denis Jones (Honeymoon in Vegas) and a parade of hit Irving Berlin songs, including Blue Skies,” “Easter Parade,” “Cheek to Cheek,” and “Shaking the Blues Away.” The cast includes Bryce Pinkham (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Corbin Bleu (Godspell), Lora Lee Gayer (Follies), and Megan Sikora (Curtains).
GREAT PERFORMANCES: Hamilton’s America
December 2017 (check local listings)
Enjoy a special encore of this documentary exploring the fascinating history and creative process behind Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway blockbuster, Hamilton. Footage of the New York production with its original cast and trips to Mt. Vernon, Valley Forge, and other historic locations with Miranda and other cast members flesh out the story. President Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Secretary Hank Paulson, Secretary Timothy Geithner, Questlove, Black Thought, Jimmy Fallon, John Weidman, Nas, and Stephen Sondheim are among the notable interviews.
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