Dear Friends! Meet the Full Cast of SHE LOVES ME, Opening Tonight on Broadway
Laura Benanti (Amalia), Zachary Levi (Georg), Gavin Creel (Kodaly), Michael McGrath (Sipos), Jane Krakowski (Ilona) and Byron Jennings (Maraczek) star in Roundabout's new Broadway production of SHE LOVES ME, directed by Scott Ellis, choreographed by Warren Carlyle with musical direction by Paul Gemignani. SHE LOVES ME officially opens tonight, March 17, 2016, and runs through July 10, 2016 at Studio 54 on Broadway. Scroll down to learn more about the company and watch interviews with the cast!
The previously announced cast will also feature Nicholas Barasch (Arpad) and Peter Bartlett (Head Waiter) and ensemble members Cameron Adams, Alison Cimmet, Justin Bowen, Preston Truman Boyd, Benjamin Eakeley, Sara Edwards, Michael Fatica, Gina Ferrall, Jenifer Foote, Andrew Kober, Laura Shoop, Jim Walton.
This classic musical comedy features a book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnickand music by Jerry Bock. SHE LOVES ME returns to Broadway in a new production led by Roundabout's Associate Artistic Director Scott Ellis, who directed Roundabout's ten-time Tony-nominated revival of SHE LOVES ME in 1993, which marked the first Broadway musical in the company's history.
LAURA BENANTI (Amalia)
Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti can be seen playing the role of Alura Zor-El in the CBS Action Drama, "Supergirl." In addition to television work and her critically acclaimed performance as Elsa Schrader in NBC's The Sound of Music LIVE, Ms. Benanti is a highly celebrated, four time Tony Award-nominated stage actress who took Broadway by storm at the age of 18. She received a Drama Desk award, Outer Critics Circle Award and a Tony Award Nomination for her starring role in the Broadway production of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown for Lincoln Center where she also starred in the Broadway production of Sarah Ruhl's In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play. Ms. Benanti earned the 2008 Tony Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, a Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award for her revelatory portrayal of Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy opposite Patti LuPone and directed by Arthur Laurents. Her other Broadway roles include The Wedding Singer, Nine, starring Antonio Banderas, her Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-nominated performance of Cinderella in Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods and her sultry Tony nominated turn in Swing! Ms. Benanti made her Broadway debut as Maria in The Sound of Music opposite Richard Chamberlain. Other distinguished theater performances include the Public Theater's production of Christopher Durang'sWhy Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them, Perdita in The Winter's Tale at the Williamstown Theatre Festival opposite Kate Burton, Anne in A Little Night Music at the L.A. Opera opposite Victor Garber, Eileen in Wonderful Townopposite Donna Murphy and most recently her portrayal of Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella, both for City Center Encores! Ms. Benanti completed a week-long engagement at the popular New York cabaret club, 54 Below, for which The New York Times hailed her as a "supremely confident" performer whose "bright, full soprano, with its semioperatic heft, can go almost anywhere." In September 2013, she released her debut album, "In Constant Search of the Right Kind of Attention: Live at 54 BELOW" on Broadway Records to ecstatic reviews. Laura currently performs her concerts in venues around the country and even recently performed for the President and First Lady of the United States at both the Fords Gala and the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington DC. In 2014, she joined the cast of ABC's hit series "Nashville" guest-starring as songbird Sadie Stone. Laura also appeared in recurring roles on CBS's "The Good Wife" and HBO's "Nurse Jackie." Laura's past television credits include a starring role in the NBC series "The Playboy Club" and "Go On" opposite Matthew Perry. She also starred in the F/X original series "Starved." Ms. Benanti recurred on "Law and Order: SVU," "Royal Pains," "Eli Stone," and had appearances on "The Big C" and "Elementary." She currently resides in Manhattan. LauraBenanti.com. Twitter: @LauraBenanti
ZACHARY LEVI (Georg)
Levi's exuberance and charm and star power have made him a preferred first pick in Hollywood. Levi will soon be seen on upcoming NBC series "Heroes." The highly anticipated revamp of the fan favorite show will premiere to excited audiences in the fall of 2015. This marks a return to NBC for Levi, who portrayed the beloved "Chuck" for five seasons. Levi recently did a theater run in his Broadway debut as "Aaron" a sweet guy looking for love, opposite Krysta Rodriguez in the witty musical First Date. The play received critical acclaim as did Levi for the run of the show. On the big screen, Levi appeared most recently in the Marvel film Thor 2 as the role of "Fandral the Dashing." Levi also appeared as the lead role opposite Mandy Moore in Disney's twist on its classic Rapunzel, entitled Tangled. The Oscar-nominated film was a huge success at the box office and DVD release. Additionally, Levi appeared in the 20th Century Fox film Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, which broke box office records in its Christmas release. Levi was also seen starring with Amber Tamblyn in the independent feature film Spiral and audiences also remember his starring roles in the franchise filmBig Momma's House 2 with Martin Lawrence. Levi grew up in Ventura County, California. He began acting in theater at the early age of six, performing lead roles in regional productions such as Grease, The Outsiders, Oliver, Godspell, The Wizard of Oz, Big River and Marvin's Room. It was this early training that ultimately brought him to the attention of Hollywood. Levi devotes much time and energy doing philanthropic work as an ambassador for Operation Smile, through his company The Nerd Machine and his annual comic con event NERD HQ, which has raised over a million dollars for the charity to date. Levi currently resides in Los Angeles.
JANE KRAKOWSKI (Ilona)
Krakowski is most commonly known for her role as Jenna Maroney on NBC's Emmy Award-winning "30 Rock". She was honored with four Emmy nominations for her work on the show, as well as a collective 2009 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, along with additional nominations in that category in 2013 and 2014. She was first introduced to the TV mainstream with her Golden Globe-nominated portrayal of Elaine Vassal on the Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG Award-winning Ally McBeal. Most recently, Jane reteamed with her "30 Rock" collaborators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock for "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" for Netflix. Her other television guest starring appearances have included iconic shows like "Modern Family", "The Simpsons","American Dad", and even "Sesame Street". Jane received the 2003 Tony Award for her portrayal of Carla in the Broadway musical Nine, opposite Antonio Banderas. Her performance in Nine also earned her a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award. She earned her first Tony nomination for her work in the original Broadway production of Grand Hotel. Other Broadway credits include Company, Once Upon a Mattress, Tartuffe, and Starlight Express. Krakowski won an Olivier Award while starring inGuys and Dolls with Ewan McGregor in London's West End. She also starred in the Encores! revival of Damn Yankeesopposite Sean Hayes. Making her film debut as Cousin Vickie in National Lampoon's Vacation, Krakowski has also starred in the films Alfie, Pretty Persuasion, Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, Brother's Keeper and the upcoming Big Stone Gap. Next up Jane can be seen in Sony Pictures' summer blockbuster Pixels opposite Adam Sandler and Kevin James.
GAVIN CREEL (Kodaly)
Creel won the 2014 Olivier and WhatsOnStage Awards for his starring role as "Elder Price" in the London production of The Book of Mormon. He is a two-time Tony Award nominee for his performances as "Claude" in Hair and "Jimmy" in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Additional credits include the Broadway production of The Book of Mormon, the 2004 revival of La Cage Aux Folles, the Goodman Theatre/Kennedy Center production of Sondheim & Weidman's Bounce (dir. Hal Prince), A.R.T.'s world premiere of Prometheus Bound, as well as Hair and Mary Poppins in the West End. Creel has recorded three original albums, is a member of the Broadway Inspirational Voices Choir and graduated from The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance. As a co-founder of Broadway Impact and for his work fighting for marriage equality, Creel has been recognized as one of OUT Magazine's OUT 100, and in 2011, he co-wrote and released the single "Noise," to raise money and awareness for that fight.
BYRON JENNINGS (Mr. Maraczek)
Bryon's Broadway credits include: You Can't Take it With You, Macbeth, Arcadia, The Merchant of Venice, Accent on Youth, Is He Dead?, Inherit the Wind, Heartbreak House, A Touch of the Poet, Twelve Angry Men, Sight Unseen, Henry IV, Dinner at Eight, Noises Off, The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Invention of Love, A Month in the Countryand Carousel. His film credits include: Lincoln, Julie & Julia, Hamlet, A Civil Action, The Ice Storm, A Time to Kill, Quiz Show, A Simple Twist of Fate, I'm Losing You.
MICHAEL MCGRATH (Sipos)
McGrath won a Tony Award for his performance in Nice Work If You Can Get Iton Broadway. Other Broadway credits include On the Twentieth Century, Born Yesterday, Memphis,Is He Dead?, Spamalot (Tony Award nomination), Wonderful Town, Little Me, Swinging On A Star(Theatre World Award), The Goodbye Girl and My Favorite Year. Michael also appeared in the City Center Encores! productions of Follies, The Boys from Syracuse and DuBarry Was A Lady. His Off-Broadway credits include: The Coconuts, The Butter And Egg Man, Game Show, Louisiana Purchase and Forbidden Broadway. Michael has appeared on television in "The Martin Short Show." His film credits include: The Interpreter, Changing Lanes and Ira and Abby.
NICHOLAS BARASCH (Arpad)
Barasch, age 17, made his Roundabout debut as Deputy/Master Nick Cricker in the acclaimed Broadway revival of The Mystery Of Edwin Drood (Scott Ellis, dir.). Other Broadway: Kiddo in West Side Story (Arthur Laurents, dir.). Nicholas has performed regionally in the new musical Because of Winn Dixie (Delaware Theatre Company, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, dir.), the world premiere of Leap Of Faith, originating the role of Boyd McGowan (Ahmanson Theatre, Rob Ashford, dir.), and West Side Story (The National Theatre). Nicholas also appeared as Daniel Smith in the Brooklyn Academy of Music/New York City Opera production of Anna Nicole: The Opera at BAM (Richard Jones, dir.). His television/film credits include New Form Digital's "Mr. Student Body President" (Ryan Hunter, dir.), HBO's "How to Make it in America," and Nickelodeon's "The Backyardigans"(series regular). Nicholas' voice can be heard on the Grammy Award-winning cast recording of West Side Story as well as the cast recording of ...Drood. Nicholas is a senior at Professional Children's School in NYC.
PETER BARTLETT (Head Waiter)
Broadway: Something Rotten, Cinderella, A Free Man of Color,The Drowsy Chaperone, The Frogs, Never Gonna Dance, Voices in the Dark, Beauty and the Beast, Boom Boom Room, A Patriot for Me. Off-Broadway: The Illusion; What's That Smell-The Music of Jacob Sterling; The New Century; The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told (Drama Desk nomination); Mr. Charles, Currently of Palm Beach; Jeffrey; The Lady in Question. Encores!: Call Me Madam; A Connecticut Yankee. Regional: La Jolla (The Importance of Being Earnest, Drama-Logue Award), Williamstown (Light Up the Sky), Theater-in-the-Square (Jeffrey, Drama-Logue and Bay Area Critics Circle Awards). Film: Meet the Parents, The Producers, The Princess and the Frog,Jeffrey, Get Well Soon, From Other Worlds. TV: "The Big C, ""Law and Order", "Law and Order: CI," "Ed," One Life to Live (Nigel and Nevil).
CAMERON ADAMS (Ensemble)
Broadway: The Music Man (Zaneeta), Oklahoma!, Hairspray (u/s Amber), Cry-Baby (u/s Allison), Shrek, Promises, Promises (Miss Della Hoya), How To Succeed...(u/s Rosemary), Nice Work If You Can Get It (u/s Billie and Jeannie), Gigi (u/s Liane). Off Broadway/Regional: Follies, Little Me (NYCC Encores!); Inventing Mary Martin, The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Maureen), My Paris (Jane Avril). TV: NBC's "The Sound of Music Live!" ABC/Disney's "The Music Man" (Zaneeta), FX's "The Americans."
JUSTIN BOWEN (Ensemble)
Credits include On the Twentieth Century and Chaplin the Musical on Broadway (Chaplin u/s), City Center Encores! (On Your Toes), Paper Mill Playhouse (Hero, A Funny Thing...Forum), Goodspeed Musicals (Mickey, Hello! My Baby), Stages St. Louis (Tom Sawyer, Big River), Yale Institute for Music Theatre, NYMF, as well as CBS' "My Broadway Debut." BM, Music Theatre, Florida State University.
PRESTON TRUMAN BOYD (Ensemble)
Broadway: On the Twentieth Century, Bullets Over Broadway (Ensemble), Big Fish (Ensemble). National tours: Jersey Boys (Bob Gaudio), Young Frankenstein (the Monster). Regional: the Muny, KC Starlight, VSC, USO on the USS Wisconsin. TV: "Guiding Light," "The 68th Annual Tony Awards." NFAA winner with Placido Domingo.
ALISON CIMMET (Ensemble)
Roundabout: The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Broadway: Bonnie & Clyde (Stella), Baby It's You! (standby for Beth Leavel), A Tale of Two Cities (Mrs. Cruncher),Chance & Chemistry (Actors Fund benefit). AlisonCimmet.com.
BENJAMIN EAKELEY (Ensemble)
Broadway: Cabaret, On A Clear Day, You Can See Forever andSweeney Todd. National Tour: Sweeney Todd (The Beadle). Regional: Sunset Boulevard (Joe Gillis) at the Pioneer Theatre; Marry Me a Little at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; You Can't Take It With You (Tony Kirby) at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; White Christmas (Bob Wallace), Dial M for Murder (Max) and I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change at the Engeman Theatre; Something's Afoot (Nigel Rancour) at the Goodspeed Opera House; and 3 seasons with the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, including A Midsummer Night's Dream(Demetrius), Illyria (Sir Andrew Aguecheek) and Love's Labour's Lost (Dumaine). TV credits include "Orange Is The New Black", "The Good Wife" and the HBO pilot "The Money." Film credits includeThe Good Shepherd (dir. Robert De Niro), An Englishman in New York and 4 upcoming features. Regional Winner, Lotte Lenya Competition for Singers. Graduate of Yale University.
SARA EDWARDS (Ensemble)
Broadway: Chaplin, Follies, White Christmas. NY: On Your Toes, Of Thee I Sing, No No Nanette.
MICHAEL FATICA (Ensemble)
Broadway/NY: Newsies (OBC/ Dance Captain), Radio City New York Spring Spectacular (Assistant Choreographer), Steps in Time with Tommy Tune. National Tours: Matilda (1st National), Beauty and the Beast (Lefou), Cats. Regional: Papermill Playhouse (Elf), Fulton Theatre, Westchester Broadway Theatre, John W. Engeman Theatre. Commercials: Retailmenot.com, Doritios Super Bowl (Web only). Proud FSU Grad.
GINA FERRALL (Ensemble)
BROADWAY: It Shoulda Been You, Mamma Mia! (Rosie), Beauty & the Beast, Big River, Jane Eyre, The Sound of Music, A Funny Thing Happened... , Les Miserables. NATIONAL TOUR: Wicked (Madame Morrible). CONCERTS: Jerry Springer: The Broadway Musical, Sweeney Todd (NY Philharmonic). TV: The Sound of Music LIVE! (NBC).
JENIFER FOOTE (Ensemble)
Broadway: On the Twentieth Century, The Mystery of Edwin Droodstarring Chita Rivera, Follies, Rock of Ages, A Chorus Line, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Frank Wildhorn's Dracula, Annie Get Your Gun. She can be seen in the 2014 film, The Last Five Years. Associate director/choreographer credits: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (national tour), The Cradle Will Rock starring Patti LuPone (the Acting Company), Elf (Papermill Playhouse), Sweeney Todd starring Emma Thompson (NY Philharmonic, PBS). Jenifer is a proud graduate of the University of California at Irvine.
ANDREW KOBER (Ensemble)
Andrew was most recently seen on Broadway in the original cast of the 2014 revival of Les Miserables. He also appeared in the Shakespeare in the Park, Broadway, and West End companies of Hair as Claude's Father and Margaret Mead, as well as the First National Tour of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Regionally, he has been seen at The Old Globe, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Yale Rep, Barrington Stage, The Denver Center, and Buck's County Playhouse, among others. On camera, Andrew has been featured on "House of Cards" (Netflix), "Boardwalk Empire" (HBO), "Blue Bloods" (CBS), and "Pan Am" (ABC), as well as the short films, Chin Up and Keeping Them Blind. Andrew works frequently as a concert and cabaret artist, and his solo show, Koberet, has been seen all around New York City, including at Joe's Pub, (le) Poisson Rouge, 54 Below, and at The New York Musical Theatre Festival. He received his BFA in Acting from Carnegie Mellon University, and works as a private acting coach in New York. His work as a singer can be heard on Bobby Cronin's "Reach the Sky", Drew Gasparini's "I Could Use a Drink", David Are's "Friends for a Few", and the 2009 Broadway revival cast recording of "Hair."
LAURA SHOOP (Ensemble)
NY: The Tempest, Show Boat, Into The Woods, Jerry Springer- The Opera, Bernarda Alba, Fiddler On The Roof, Oklahoma! Tour: Thoroughly Modern Millie. Regional:Bridges of Madison County (Williamstown), The Rocky Horror Show (Old Globe), Cabaret and Run For Your Wife (Engeman), Carousel (Paper Mill), A Funny Thing...Forum (Sacramento Music Circus), Lady In The Dark (Prince). Concerts: Hello, Dolly! and Yuletide (Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra). TV/Film: Equity (out 2016), Sound of Music, Live! Juilliard Graduate.
JIM WALTON (Ensemble)
Roundabout: On the Twentieth Century, The Mystery of Edwin Drood,Death Takes a Holiday and Bye Bye Birdie. Other credits: Merrily We Roll Along, 42nd Street,Sweeney Todd, And the World Goes 'Round, The Music Man, Guys and Dolls. On PBS: "Crazy for You," "Sondheim! The Birthday Concert" and "Company: In Concert."