Jane Krakowski, Kelli O'Hara, Gavin Creel to Lead SHE LOVES ME Benefit Concert Tonight
Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) present Tony Award® winner Jane Krakowski as "Ilona Ritter", three-time Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara as "Amalia Balas", Gavin Creel as "Steven Kodaly", Josh Radnor as "Georg", Peter Bartlett as "Headwaiter", Tony nominee Michael McGrath as "Ladislav Sipos", Tony nominee Rory O'Malley as "Arpad Laszlo" and four-time Tony nominee Victor Garber as "Mr. Maraczek" leading an all-star cast in a one-night only performance of SHE LOVES ME. The romantic musical comedy features a book by Joe Masteroff (Cabaret), music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof).
SHE LOVES ME will also feature Jane Brockman, Rachel de Benedet, Rebecca Eichenberger, Gina Ferrall, Rob Lorey, Jeffrey Schecter, Jessica Vosk, Jim Walton.
The benefit concert reading will take place tonight at 7:30PM at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre (124 West 43rd Street).
Director Scott Ellis (She Loves Me, 1776, Curtains) will direct the evening as a celebration of Roundabout's 20th anniversary of producing on Broadway which began in 1991 at the Criterion Center in Times Square. Roundabout's 1993 Broadway revival of She Loves Me, also directed by Ellis, began life at the Criterion Center and launched Roundabout's Musical Theatre program. It was nominated for nine Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, Best Director and Best Choreography (Rob Marshall) and the four major acting awards. It also won the 1994 Drama Desk award for Outstanding Musical Revival. With She Loves Me, Roundabout began the process of becoming one of the largest and most celebrated producers of musicals on Broadway with highlights including Cabaret, 1776, Nine, Assassins, The Pajama Game, Sunday in the Park with George and the current 2011 Tony Award winning production of Anything Goes.
She Loves Me will feature musical staging by JoAnn M. Hunter and musical director Paul Gemignani will lead a 15-member orchestra with orchestrations by Don Walker.
This classic musical follows Amalia (O'Hara) and Georg (Radnor), two feuding clerks in a European parfumerie during the 1930's who secretly find solace in their anonymous romantic pen pals, little knowing their respective correspondents are actually each other. Bock & Harnick's gorgeous score includes "Tonight at Eight", "Will He Like Me?", "Vanilla Ice Cream" and "She Loves Me".
The design team includes Derek McLane (Sets), Jeff Mahshie (Costumes), Peter Kaczorowski (Lights), Brian Ronan (Sound), Elaine McCarthy (Projections).
VIP, Premium and Reception tickets include admission to an exclusive cast party following the performance with all proceeds to benefit not-for-profit Roundabout Theatre Company and all its programs and activities.
The co-chairs for the evening are Roundabout board member Michael T. Cohen and Amanda and Gary Wolf.
Tax-deductible benefit tickets are now available by calling Roundabout's Development Office at (212)719-9393 . Production Underwriter packages available upon inquiry. VIP Tickets at $5,000: The VIP experience will include a "meet-and-greet" with the cast, a VIP cocktail reception at One Bryant Park catered by Aureole, the best seats for the performance, complimentary cocktail at intermission, post-show cast party, plus two seats to the opening night of an upcoming Roundabout production.
Premium Tickets at $2,500: Include pre-show reception, premium center orchestra seating, complimentary cocktail at intermission, and post-show cast party.
Reception Tickets at $1,000: Include premium orchestra seats and post-show cast party.
Select orchestra and mezzanine tickets ($150-$500) are available to the general public by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300 , visiting any Roundabout box office (Stephen Sondheim Theatre, American Airlines Theatre or the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre) or online: www.roundabouttheatre.org.
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