Jane Krakowski, the “30 Rock” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” star who won a Tony Award for her turn in the musical “Nine,” will return to Broadway in “She Loves Me,” the upcoming revival of the 1963 musical that will also star Josh Radnor and Laura Benanti.
Krakowski will appear as Ilona, a woman who works in a parfumerie alongside the show’s romantic leads, played by Radnor and Benanti. Rene Auberjonois (“Benson,” “Deep Space Nine”) and Gavin Creel (“Hair,” the London production of “The Book of Mormon”) also are among the cast.
It’s been more than a dozen years since Krakowski’s last Broadway credit, the 2003 staging of “Nine.” Like “Nine,” “She Loves Me” is produced by the Roundabout Theater Company, the nonprofit theater troupe that’s celebrating its 50th anniversary during the 2015-16 season. Krakowski previously appeared in a Roundabout reading of “She Loves Me” that starred Radnor and Peter Bartlett (who is also in the upcoming production’s cast), while the actress co-starred in “Nine” with Benanti (“Nashville”).
“She Loves Me” is based on the Hungarian play “Parfumerie” about two combative co-workers who don’t know that they’ve been writing to each other as anonymous pen pals. The play also provided the inspiration for 1940 film “The Shop Around the Corner” as well as 1998 romantic comedy “You’ve Got Mail.”
“She Loves Me” has lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Bock — the duo behind “Fiddler on the Roof,” also getting a Broadway revival this season — and a book by Joe Masterhoff (“Cabaret”). Scott Ellis (“On the 20th Century,” “The Elephant Man”) directs, with choreography by Warren Carlyle (“After Midnight,” “On the 20th Century”).
“She Loves Me” begins previews Feb. 5 ahead of a March 3 opening at Studio 54, one of Roundabout’s three Broadway venues. The title joins a 2015-16 slate at the Roundabout that also includes “Old Times” starring Clive Owen, Keira Knightley in “Therese Raquin” and Jessica Lange in “Long Day’s Journey into Night.”