She Loves Me is currently playing at Artistry in The Bloomington Centre for the Arts. The lovely tale based on the play Parfumerie, tells the tale of girl meets boy, boy meets girl, both detest each other while not knowing that they are each other's correspondence sweethearts. It is a story which has been told time and again, in multiple stage and film adaptation (including one of the best rom coms of the 90s You've Got Mail). Artistry's take on this Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock musical is heartwarming, perfect for this cold and snowy Minnesota winter. It is filled with wonderful songs performed by beautiful voices, fantastic comedic performances and choreography and is so much fun to watch.
She Loves Me has an extremely talented cast! Ryan London Levin plays Georg Nowack, his performance is filled with energy and he brings a huge amount of comedy to the show. I am confident that his will be one of my favorite comedic performances of the year. Sarah DeYong plays Amalia Balash and has a voice that I could listen to all day long. T Michael Rambo plays Mr Maraczek, he makes the show worth seeing for his performance alone. Gracie Anderson and Benjamin Dutcher play Ilona Ritter and Steven Kodaly respectively and are fantastic foils for Georg and Amalia. Michael Conroy fills the role as Arpad Laszlo with so much eagerness you can't help but root for him.
No classic musical is complete without the full sound provided by a large orchestra, which this show definitely has, lead incredibly well by Anita Ruth.
She Loves Me is a show that will make your soul smile and leave you wanting to skip out of the theater, just be careful of the ice. It is the perfect show for anyone who likes classic musicals or is a fan of the movie The Shop Around the Corner or You've Got Mail. It is playing at Artistry until February 17th. Click here for more information about the show and how to get tickets.
*Photo by Devon Cox