Josh Radnor and Laura Benanti will star in a new Broadway revival of “She Loves Me,” the 1963 musical based on the same story that inspired the movies “The Shop Around the Corner” and “You’ve Got Mail.”
Roundabout Theater Company, the New York nonprofit theater company that will produce the title on Broadway next year, launched its musical theater program in 1993 with a revival of “She Loves Me.” The director of that earlier staging, Scott Ellis — currently represented on Broadway with “You Can’t Take It With You” and Bradley Cooper starrer “The Elephant Man” — will return to helm the new production.
With a book by Joe Masteroff and a score by the “Fiddler on the Roof” songwriting duo of lyricist Sheldon Harnick and composer Jerry Bock, “She Loves Me” centers on dueling co-workers at a perfume shop who don’t realize they’ve been writing romantic letters to each other as anonymous penpals. The storyline is based on Miklos Laszlo’s 1937 play “Parfumerie.”
Radnor, who’s now on Broadway in the play “Disgraced,” starred in the Roundabout’s 2011 reading of “She Love Me” as part of a benefit gala. Benanti, on tap to star later this year in the Harvey Weinstein/MSG-produced “New York Spring Spectacular” at Radio City Music Hall, has recently had ongoing TV gigs in “Nashville,” “The Good Wife” and “Nurse Jackie.”
The Roundabout, whose musical theater offerings have included “The Pajama Game,” “Nine” and “Anything Goes,” has programmed the new production of “She Loves Me” as part of its 50th anniversary season. The show’s limited run will open in spring 2016, with exact dates and theaters still to be set.