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‘She Loves Me’ Opens on Broadway With Childbirth and the Splits

Jane Krakowski will tell you that Broadway’s a little bit like childbirth. “It’s a lot more work than I remember it!” she cracked after the March 17 opening night performance of “She Loves Me,” the show that got her back on the boards after winning a 2003 Tony Award for “Nine.”

But really, all anybody wants to talk about are those very impressive splits Krakowski does during the show. “That’s fine with me,” she said. “Because this’ll probably be their last outing, let’s be honest.”

Gavin Creel, the Broadway regular who plays Krakowski’s love interest in the production, only wishes he could do splits like that. “Do you ever have those dreams that you can do something that you can’t do in real life? In my dreams, I can do the splits,” he explained. “It’s never some great, beautiful sexual position. It’s like me in the kitchen eating cereal, doing the splits. Which is really sexy.”

Tony winner Laura Benanti, who plays the role originated by Barbara Cook in the 1963 musical, doesn’t do the splits in the show, but she does sing two tough songs — “Where’s My Shoe?” and “Vanilla Ice Cream” — back to back. She’s loving it, though, in part because she grew up singing those songs along with the original cast recording. “It’s vocally challenging, but I try to make every note ‘thank you,'” she said.

While most of the cast has racked up a lot of stage experience, “She Loves Me” is  only the second Broadway show for co-star Zachary Levi. “I’m the freshman of the group,” he joked. “Maybe the sophomore.”

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