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Jane Krakowski, Gavin Creel, and More Join Laura Benanti in Broadway She Loves Me Revival

Scott Ellis will direct Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2016 production of the classic musical.

Jane Krakowski will play Ilona in Roundabout Theatre Company's upcoming revival of She Loves Me.
Jane Krakowski will play Ilona in Roundabout Theatre Company's upcoming revival of She Loves Me.
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Tony Award winner Jane Krakowski (30 Rock) is set to return to the stage in Roundabout Theatre Company's upcoming Broadway revival of the classic musical She Loves Me. Krakowski, who will take on the role of Ilona, joins the previously announced Laura Benanti (a Tony winner for Gypsy) and Josh Radnor (Disgraced), who play romantic leads Amalia and Georg, respectively.

Directed by Scott Ellis, She Loves Me begins performances February 5, 2016 at Studio 54, with opening night set for March 3. The limited engagement is scheduled to conclude May 22.

The production will also feature René Auberjonois (Boston Legal) as Maraczek, current The Book of Mormon star Gavin Creel as Kodaly, Nicholas Barasch (The Mystery of Edwin Drood) as Arpad, and Peter Bartlett (Something Rotten!) as Head Waiter. The ensemble is made up of Cameron Adams, Alison Cimmet, Justin Bowen, Preston Truman Boyd, Benjamin Eakeley, Sara Edwards, Michael Fatica, Gina Ferrall, Jenifer Foote, Andrew Kober, Laura Shoop, and Jim Walton.

Featuring a score by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock and a book by Joe Masteroff, She Loves Me tells the story of Georg (Radnor) and Amalia (Benanti), a pair of sparring coworkers at a perfume shop. Unknowingly, they're also romantic pen pals who happen to be falling for each other. First presented on Broadway in 1963, She Loves Me is inspired by the play Parfumerie by Miklós László, which also inspired the films The Shop Around the Corner and You've Got Mail.

The creative team includes David Rockwell (sets), Jeff Mahshie (costumes), Don Holder (lights), Jon Weston (sound), Larry Hochman (orchestrations), and David Krane (dance arrangements and incidental music). Tony winner Warren Carlyle serves as choreographer, with Paul Gemignani as musical director.

Radnor, Krakowski, Creel, and Bartlett all reprise performances they originated during a one-night-only concert reading of She Loves Me, under Ellis' direction, that took place on December 5, 2011. Ensemble members Ferrall and Walton appeared in that production, as well. Ellis also directed Roundabout's 1993 Broadway revival of She Loves Me, which launched the organization's Musical Theatre program.