WESTPORT PLAYHOUSE –SHE LOVES ME
Charming and Romantic
By Bob and Karen Isaacs
BOB: Westport Country Playhouse is presenting a delightful small
KAREN: a very romantic
BOB: musical, She Loves Me that's already been extended to May 15.
KAREN: This is a terrific production.
BOB: It's written by some great people -- Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joe Masteroff --
KAREN: They wrote Cabaret, Fiorello and Fiddler on the Roof. She Loves Me is based on the play and movie "The Little Shop Around the Corner" which later became the Judy Garland-Van Johnson movie musical "In the Good Old Summertime" and later still the Tom Hanks movie "You've Got Mail."
BOB: It's about two single people who are corresponding with each other as "Dear Friends" but have never met.
KAREN: Of course, they end up working in the same parfumerie -- and hate each other! Since this is a romantic musical comedy -- it all works out in the end.
BOB: Mark Lamos -- artistic director of Westport Playhouse directed this -- he has a very gentle touch with this piece. When he was artistic director at Hartford Stage, I looked forward to everything he did.
KAREN: You are right -- he keep the mood really appropriate -- sweet without being cloying. I remember seeing this pre-Broadway at the Shubert in New Haven in 1963 -- I've loved the show ever since. That year it got lost in the shuffle of the big smash "Hello, Dolly." Only Jack Cassidy won a Tony for this.
BOB: The entire cast is terrific -- it's hard to single out any one performer. But certainly Jessica Grove and Jeremy Peter Johnson as the pen pals are wonderful.
KAREN: And Douglas Sills as the playboy Steven Kodaly is terrific. The cast may not be well known but they all have solid Broadway credits.
BOB: This is a show you really should see. Call Westport Playhouse today and get tickets for She Loves Me.
KAREN: That’s all for now. Send us your comments and opinions care of WNHU, 300 Orange Ave., West Haven. Until next time, we hope to see you at the theater.