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Wednesday, 05 October 2011 14:29

Roundabout Announces SHE LOVES ME Benefit Concert Reading Dec 5

Roundabout Theatre Company

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

Announces a one-night only benefit performance of

JOE MASTEROFF, JERRY BOCK & SHELDON HARNICK’S

Romantic musical comedy

SHE LOVES ME

A Benefit Concert Reading

with a 15-member orchestra

STARRING

Cheyenne Jackson, Jane Krakowski, Kelli O’Hara, Josh Radnor
Michael McGrath, Rory O’Malley

AND

Victor Garber

Orchestrations by Don Walker

Music Direction by Paul Gemignani

Musical Staging by JoAnn M. Hunter

Directed by Scott Ellis

Monday, December 5th, 2011

At the Stephen Sondheim Theatre

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is pleased to announce Cheyenne Jackson (Xanadu) as “Steven Kodaly”, Tony Award® winner Jane Krakowski (Nine) as “Ilona Ritter”, three-time Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara (The Pajama Game) as “Amalia Balas”, Josh Radnor (“How I Met Your Mother”) as “Georg”, Tony nominee Michael McGrath (Memphis) as “Ladislav Sipos”, Tony nominee Rory O’Malley (The Book of Mormon) as “Arpad Laszlo” and four-time Tony nominee Victor Garber (Present Laughter) 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).

The benefit concert reading will take place on Monday, December 5th, 2011 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).

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.

TICKET INFORMATION:

Tax-deductible benefit tickets are now available by calling Roundabout's Development Office at (212)719-9393Production 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.

Beginning October 24, 2011, select orchestra and mezzanine tickets ($150-$500) will be 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

Roundabout Theatre Company is a not-for-profit theatre dedicated to providing a nurturing artistic home for theatre artists at all stages of their careers where the widest possible audience can experience their work at affordable prices. Roundabout fulfills its mission each season through the revival of classic plays and musicals; development and production of new works by established playwrights and emerging writers; educational initiatives that enrich the lives of children and adults; and a subscription model and audience outreach programs that cultivate loyal audiences. 

Roundabout Theatre Company currently produces at five theatres, each of which is designed specifically to enhance the needs of Roundabout's mission.  Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, the American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics.  Roundabout's Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions.  The Stephen Sondheim Theatre offers a state of the art LEED certified Broadway theatre in which to stage major large scale musical revivals. Together these distinctive homes serve to enhance the work on each of its stages.

Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2011-2012 season features Terence Rattigan’s Man and Boy, starring Frank Langella, directed by Maria Aitken; Stephen Karam’s Sons of the Prophet, directed by Peter DuBois; Andrew Hinderaker’s Suicide, Incorporated, directed by Jonathan Berry; Athol Fugard’s The Road To Mecca starring Rosemary Harris, Carla Gugino & Jim Dale, directed by Gordon Edelstein and John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger, directed by Sam Gold.  Roundabout’s Tony Award winning production of Anything Goes starring Sutton Foster & Joel Grey, directed & choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, is currently playing at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

www.roundabouttheatre.org

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