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Don’t Miss: ‘She Loves Me’ Fathom Event 12/1

November 4th, 2016 Comments off
Zachary Levi and Laura Benanti in 'She Loves Me.' (Photo: Joan Marcus the The Broadway Blog.)

Zachary Levi and Laura Benanti in ‘She Loves Me.’ (Photo: Joan Marcus the The Broadway Blog.)

Fathom Events is partnering with theatre streaming service, BroadwayHD, to bring select live and captured-live theatre performances to U.S. movie theaters. The critically-acclaimed Roundabout Theatre Company production of She Loves Me will be the first title offered in cinemas nationwide on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 7 p.m. local time. In addition to the performance, this one-night cinema event will include exclusive interviews with the cast (Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi and Jane Krakowski) and creative team.

Fathom Events and BroadwayHD will partner to bring select domestic (Broadway/Off-Broadway) and international (London’s West End) theatre performances to U.S. cinemas. The partnership is expected to bring a diverse lineup of productions to cinemas each year, giving moviegoers an up-close and personal front-row experience.

She Loves Me was the first Broadway musical to stream live during a performance at Roundabout Theatre Company’s Studio 54, as part of Roundabout’s 50th Anniversary Season. 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?

Gavin Creel and Jane Krakowski in 'She Loves Me.' (Photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Gavin Creel and Jane Krakowski in ‘She Loves Me.’ (Photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

This performance of She Loves Me was produced and captured by BroadwayHD in June, in association with Ellen M. Krass Productions, Inc. and Thirteen Productions LLC. It was directed for the screen by David Horn. The acclaimed Broadway production was directed by Tony Award-nominee Scott Ellis. In addition to Benanti and Levi, She Loves Me also starred Tony Award-winner Jane Krakowski and Tony Award-nominee Gavin Creel, alongsideByron Jennings, Tom McGowan, Peter Bartlett and Nicholas Barasch.

“We are proud to share this production with audiences nationwide, after making Broadway history with the live stream of She Loves Me, the show that launched Roundabout’s Musical Theatre Program in 1993. As a nonprofit institution, this is an incredible opportunity for us to share Scott Ellis’s new Broadway production beyond our subscribers, donors and students from our limited run at Studio 54,” said Todd Haimes, Roundabout Theatre Company’s Artistic Director / CEO.

“The best part about seeing theatre performances in cinemas is the ability to watch with an audience of fans and experience the energy of the community in the auditorium. The 2016 multi-Tony Award-nominated She Loves Me is the perfect title to debut this big screen experience for Broadway lovers nationwide,” said Fathom Events Vice President of Programming Kymberli Frueh. “Now anyone can see amazing Broadway talent in their local movie theater.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Fathom Events to bring She Loves Me to audiences nationwide,” said BroadwayHD co-founders Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley. “Once again, we are working to preserve and extend the reach of live theatre. Many fans couldn’t make it to NYC before this exhilarating Broadway production shut its doors. We captured ‘She Loves Me’ in June so we could share it with theatre lovers everywhere. This partnership allows us to take it one step further and bring the Broadway stage to cinemas in hometowns across the country.”

Tickets for She Loves Me can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in nearly 500 select movie theaters. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

Don’t Miss: ‘She Loves Me’ Album Release at Barnes & Noble

July 22nd, 2016 Comments off
Zachary Levi and Laura Benanti in 'She Loves Me.' (Photo: Joan Marcus the The Broadway Blog.)

Zachary Levi and Laura Benanti in ‘She Loves Me.’ (Photo: Joan Marcus the The Broadway Blog.)

Ghostlight Records will celebrate the cast album of the critically acclaimed Broadway revival of She Loves Me with a special in-store performance and CD signing at Barnes & Noble on Wednesday, August 3 at 7:00 PM featuring Laura Benanti, Jane Krakowski and other cast members, featuring the show’s lyricist Sheldon Harnick as special guest. Barnes & Noble is located at 150 East 86th Street, between Lexington and Third Avenues on the Upper East Side. Fans who purchase the CD at the store will be offered priority seating. Please call (212) 369-2180 for details.

Physical copies of the album will be available online and in stores on Friday, July 29. The recording is currently available from iTunes and other digital formats. The hit production from Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) was nominated for eight 2016 Tony Awards including “Best Revival of a Musical,” as well as winning four Drama Desk Awards including “Outstanding Revival of a Musical” and the Outer Critics Circle Award for “Outstanding Revival of a Musical.”
The 28-page full-color booklet in a fold-out wallet package includes production photography, a synopsis and a message from Roundabout’s Todd Haimes. The 2016 Broadway Cast Recording of She Loves Me is produced by Kurt Deutsch, and co-produced and mixed by Lawrence Manchester. To order the album, please visit sh-k-boom.com/she-loves-me.

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Love is in the Air, Dear Friend

March 31st, 2016 Comments off
Zachary Levi and Laura Benanti in 'She Loves Me.' (Photo: Joan Marcus the The Broadway Blog.)

Zachary Levi and Laura Benanti in ‘She Loves Me.’ (Photo: Joan Marcus the The Broadway Blog.)

She Loves Me was a charming success when it premiered in 1963 starring Barbara Cook and Daniel Massey as star-crossed perfumery clerks who unknowingly fall in love with each other through a series of letters. And while Hello, Dolly! was the big winner at the Tony Awards that year, Jerry Bock, Joe Masteroff, and Sheldon Harnick’s sweet adaptation of the Hungarian play Parfumerie has also stood the test of time.

Scott Ellis directed the Roundabout’s 1993 revival and now, 23 years later, he revisits the piece with a stellar production that will leave you with a gleeful smile. Set designer David Rockwell creates a jewel-toned backdrop for Maraczek’s Parfumerie as well as several other locations loosely set in “a city in Europe” in the 1930s, according to the script. There are fluid references to Art Nouveau (rather than the city’s famous Bauhaus movement) and Jeff Mahshie’s costumes nod to the era while still allowing for musical theater pirouettes and splits.

Gavin Creel and Jane Krakowski in 'She Loves Me.' (Photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Gavin Creel and Jane Krakowski in ‘She Loves Me.’ (Photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

George (Zachary Levi) is the head clerk and when Amalia (Laura Benanti) arrives looking for a job, sparks fly, but not the romantic variety. The pair seem to unnerve each other at every turn, all the while each is corresponding with a potential mate through a Lonely Hearts Club. Oh, what life was like before Tinder and every other swipe-if-you-like-me app! The shop, owned by Mr. Maraczek (Byron Jennings) also employs swarthy Steven Kodaly (Gavin Creel) and his on-again-off-again girlfriend, Ilona (Jane Krakowski). Arpad, the delivery boy (Nicholas Barasch) is hankering for a promotion, while Maraczek suspects that one of his employees is having an affair with his wife.

While not necessarily plot heavy, there are enough sweet-scented wafts to keep things moving along and allow Bock and Harnick’s score to shine as well as a scene-stealing cameo by Peter Bartlett as the headwaiter at a restaurant where Amalia hopes to meet her “Dear, Friend.”

Benanti is tasked with a mezzo-soprano character role that occasionally sounds technique-driven in her upper register, but there’s no denying her delightful attack, which vacillates between endearingly clumsy and softly seductive. Levi, who cut his teeth on Broadway two seasons ago in the short-lived First Date, delivers a long-limbed and endearing performance with whispering echos of Jimmy Stewart, who played the role in the book’s film adaptation, The Shop Around the Corner. Creel and Krakowski are affable sidekicks, the former probably more suited to the lead role and the latter proving why she was a four-time Emmy Award nominee for her hilarious turn in 30 Rock. And the aforementioned splits? That would be Krakowski’s doing.

She Loves Me is an escape to an imaginary jewel-toned time where boy meets girl and love blooms in just a few short seasons. It’s a sweet, reminiscent scent, and befitting the Roundabout’s 50th anniversary season that celebrates its original mission to produce classic plays and musicals.

She Loves Me
Studio 54
254 West 54th Street, NYC
Through June 12

Matthew Wexler is The Broadway Blog’s editor. Follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook at @roodeloo. 

Three to See: March

March 5th, 2016 Comments off

The 2015-16 season is kicking into high gear, with three unique musicals opening this month that are sure to catch your attention. Here are our top picks of what not to miss…

southern comfort

Southern Comfort
Transgender themes continue to prevail in 2016, with Southern Comfort as the latest theatrical endeavor to tackle the topic. Based on Kate Davis’ 2001 Sundance Award-winning documentary, the new musical tells the true story of a group of transgender friends living life on their own terms in the back hills of rural Georgia. Tony-winning lyricist/composer of Falsettos William Finn calls Southern Comfort, “remarkable,” with a score that “mines the country’s heart, and unveils, along its way, surprising pathways to a new world.”

Southern Comfort
The Public Theater
425 Lafayette Street
Opening night: March 7

Zachary Levi and Laura Benanti in 'She Loves Me.' (Photo: Joan Marcus the The Broadway Blog.)

Zachary Levi and Laura Benanti in ‘She Loves Me.’ (Photo: Joan Marcus the The Broadway Blog.)

She Loves Me
The Roundabout’s 50th anniversary season continues with a revival of She Loves Me, a beloved musical that served as inspiration for the hit film You’ve Got Mail. Scott Ellis directs a star-studded cast including Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi, Gavin Creel, Jane Krakowski, and Michael McGrath.

She Loves Me follows 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 pen pals they have both been falling for happen to be each other! Will love continue to blossom once their identities are finally revealed?

She Loves Me
Studio 54
254 West 54th Street, NYC
Opening night: March 17

The cast of 'Bright Star' (Photo:  Joan Marcus - Kennedy Center production, via The Broadway Blog.)

The cast of ‘Bright Star’ (Photo: Joan Marcus – Kennedy Center production, via The Broadway Blog.)

Bright Star
Grammy winners Steve Martin and Edie Brickell have teamed up to write a moving tapestry that tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and 40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past—and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives. Tony winner Walter Bobbie (Chicago) directs.

Bright Star
Cort Theatre
138 West 48th Street, NYC
Opening night: March 24