BRADENTON — The Manatee Players return with She Loves Me on November 30 in Stone Hall at the Manatee Performing Arts Center. This classic musical has a book by Joe Masteroff, music by Jerry Bock, and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick.
She Loves Me is the third adaptation of the 1937 play Parfumerie by Hungarian playwright Miklós László, following the 1940 film The Shop Around the Corner and the 1949 musical version In the Good Old Summertime. (It surfaced again as 1998's You've Got Mail).
The plot revolves around Budapest shop employees Georg and Amalia, who, despite being consistently at odds with each other at work, are unaware that each is the other's secret pen pal met through lonely-hearts ads.
The musical premiered on Broadway in 1963 and ran for 301 performances, was produced in the West End in 1964, and received award-winning revivals on each side of the Atlantic in the 1990s (as well as numerous regional productions).
Although the original Broadway run was not a financial success, She Loves Me slowly became a cult classic, and the massively successful 2016 Broadway revival became the first Broadway show ever to be live-streamed.
Directed by Tim Spradlin, with choreography by Kelly Burnetter and musical direction by Aaron Cassette, She Loves Me runs through December 10. Rated PG for adult situations and humor.
There is also a preview performance that is available to review on Wednesday, November 29th at 7:30 PM. Tickets for performances can be purchased online or by calling Dan Yonko at (941) 749-1111 x104.
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