“How I Met Your Mother” star Josh Radnor and “Nashville” star Laura Benanti will headline a spring 2016 limited engagement Broadway revival of “She Loves Me” for the Roundabout Theatre Company’s 50th anniversary season.
The classic musical, which features a score by Jerry Bock (music) and Sheldon Harnick (lyrics), will be directed by Scott Ellis. He knows a thing or two about directing revivals, having helmed three revivals for Broadway this season alone: “You Can’t Take It With You,” “The Elephant Man” and the upcoming “On the Twentieth Century.”
“She Loves Me” tells the story of Georg (Radnor) and Amalia (Benanti) -- coworkers who clash at the office but accidentally fall in love with one another after anonymously exchanging romantic letters.
Sound familiar? The story, adapted by Joe Masteroff from a play by Miklos Laszlo, was the basis for the 1949 James Stewart film "The Shop Around the Corner" and the 1998 movie “You’ve Got Mail” starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.
The revival will mark Josh Radnor’s Broadway musical debut. The actor, currently appearing on Broadway in the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Disgraced,” appeared in a special one-night-only gala reading of “She Loves Me” for the Roundabout back in 2011.
It will be Benanti’s first Broadway role since 2010’s “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.” The Tony-winning actress is currently in rehearsals alongside the Rockettes for Radio City’s “New York Spring Spectacular,” which begins previews March 12 with a March 26 opening.
“She Loves Me” has special significance for the Roundabout. Their 1993 production, also directed by Ellis, was the first Broadway musical production in the company’s history. It launched the Musical Theatre Program, which has gone on to produce Tony-winning revivals of “Cabaret,” “Nine,” “Assassins,” The Pajama Game” and “Anything Goes.”