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Roundabout Announces the Full Cast for SHE LOVES ME Benefit Concert Dec 5

Roundabout Theatre Company

Announces the full company for a one-night only benefit performance of
Romantic musical comedy


A Benefit Concert Readingwith a 15-member orchestra

Jane Krakowski, Kelli O’Hara, Steven Pasquale, Josh Radnor
Peter Bartlett, Michael McGrath, Rory O’Malley


Victor Garber
Jane Brockman, Rachel de Benedet, Rebecca Eichenberger,
Gina Ferrall, Rob Lorey, Jeffrey Schecter, Jessica Vosk, Jim Walton

Orchestrations by Don Walker
Music Direction by Paul Gemignani
Musical Staging by JoAnn M. Hunter
Directed by Scott Ellis

Cheyenne Jackson has withdrawn due to a filming conflict with a USA network television pilot.
Monday, December 5th, 2011
At the Stephen Sondheim Theatre

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is pleased to announce Tony Award® winner Jane Krakowski as “Ilona Ritter”, three-time Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara as “Amalia Balas”, Steven Pasquale as “Steven Kodaly”, Josh Radnor  as “Georg”, Peter Bartlett  as “Headwaiter”, Tony nominee Michael McGrath as “Ladislav Sipos”, Tony nominee Rory O’Malley as “Arpad Laszlo” and four-time Tony nominee Victor Garber  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).

{module ad_left_body}SHE LOVES ME will also feature Jane Brockman, Rachel de Benedet, Rebecca Eichenberger,

Gina Ferrall, Rob Lorey, Jeffrey Schecter, Jessica Vosk, Jim Walton.

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), Elaine McCarthy (Projections).

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.


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.

Select orchestra and mezzanine tickets ($150-$500) are 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:


Jane Krakowski (Ilona Ritter). Tony Award winner and three-time Emmy nominee Jane Krakowski currently stars as “Jenna Maroney” in NBC’s Emmy Award-winning 30 Rock.  Last year, Jane released her solo debut album, “The Laziest Gal in Town,” a CD recording captured during her cabaret nightclub debut at Feinstein’s. Jane received the 2003 Tony Award, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Award for her portrayal of “Carla” in the Broadway musical Nine, opposite Antonio Banderas. Other Broadway credits include Grand Hotel (Tony Nomination), Company, Once Upon a Mattress, Tartuffe and Starlight Express as well as Damn Yankees opposite Sean Hayes at Encores. Film credits: “Cousin Vickie” in National Lampoon’s Vacation (with Chevy Chase),  Alfie(with Jude Law), Pretty Persuasion (with Evan Rachel Wood and James Woods), co-starred opposite Abigail Breslin in the family film Kit Kittredge: An American Girl.

Kelli O’Hara (Amalia Balash) has unequivocally established herself as one of Broadway’s great leading ladies. This fall, Kelli starred alongside Sam Waterson in the Public Theater’s production of King Lear. Broadway credits include: South Pacific (Tony & OCC Noms), Pajama Game (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC Noms), The Light in the Piazza (Tony, Drama Desk Noms), Sweet Smell of Success, Follies and Dracula. Concerts span from Carnegie Hall to Capitol Hill. Two solo recordings, 6 cast albums. Next up Kelli will return to the Broadway stage in the new Gershwin musical comedy Nice Work If You Can Get It opposite Matthew Broderick. 

Steven Pasquale (Steven Kodaly). Recently seen in Tony Kushner’s new play The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures at the Public Theater. Broadway: reasons to be pretty (Tony nomination - best play)  Off Broadway: Soldier’s Play (Second Stage),  Fat Pig (MCC), A Man of No Importance (LCT, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations), Beautiful Child (Vineyard), Spitfire Grill (Playwrights Horizons), Spinning Into Butter (LCT), Wild Party (MTC).  Created the role of Fabrizio in Adam Guettel's The Light in the Piazza.  Film/TV includes "Rescue Me," “Six Feet Under,” Alien vs. Predator: Requiem “Platinum.” Aurora Borealis, The Last Run, “Marry Me." His debut solo album, “Somethin' Like Love,” was released in 2009. 

Josh Radnor (Georg Nowack) is perhaps best known for his role as Ted, the central character on CBS's Emmy-nominated comedy “How I Met Your Mother”, but Radnor's talents extend beyond acting, and he has quickly established himself as both a gifted writer and director.  Radnor recently directed his second feature film, Liberal Arts, which he also wrote.  He also stars in the film alongside Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins and Allison Janney. Radnor wrote, directed and starred in his first feature film Happthankyoumoreplease, featuring an ensemble cast including Richard Jenkins, Malin Akerman, Kate Mara, Zoe Kazan, and Tony Hale. The film debuted at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award for Favorite U.S. Drama.  The film was released in March 2011 by Anchor Bay. In addition to film and television, Radnor starred on Broadway as the title character in The Graduate opposite Kathleen Turner and Alicia Silverstone.  Off-Broadway and regionally, he has appeared at the Manhattan Theater Club, The Vineyard Theater, and Baltimore Center Stage, among others. In Los Angeles, he originated the roles of “Young Sandy” and “Sam” in the Ovation Award-winning world premiere production of Jon Robin Baitz's The Paris Letter at the Kirk Douglas Theater, roles he subsequently reprised for the L.A. Theater Works radio version broadcast on NPR. His television credits include guest appearances on “ER”, “Six Feet Under”, “Judging Amy” and “Law & Order” among others. He was a series regular on ABC's “The Court” starring Sally Field.  He made his film debut in the original teen spoof, Not Another Teen Movie.  Radnor has had several articles published in the Los Angeles Times Magazine.  He has also written for Guilt and Pleasure Magazine, Moviemaker Magazine, Indiewire, and The Huffington Post. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Radnor attended Kenyon College where he won the Paul Newman Acting Trophy.  He received his M.F.A. in acting from N.Y.U.’s Tisch School of the Arts. He currently resides in Los Angeles. 

Peter Bartlett (Headwaiter). LCT: The New Century, The Frogs. Broadway: The Drowsy Chaperone, Never Gonna Dance, Voices in the Dark, Beauty and the Beast, Boom Boom Boom, A Patriot for Me. Off-Broadway: The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told (Drama Desk nomination); Mr. Charles, Currently of Palm Beach; Jeffrey; Rude Entertainment; 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, Bay Area Critics Circle Awards). Film: Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, Meet the Parents, The Producers, Jeffrey, Get Well Soon, From Other Worlds. TV: “One Life to Life” (Nigel), “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: CI,” “Ed.” 

Michael McGrath (Ladislav Sipos). Broadway: Born Yesterday, Memphis, Spamalot (Tony and Drama Desk Nominations), Is He Dead?, Wonderful Town, Little Me, Swinging On A Star (Theatre World Award winner, Drama Desk Nom.), The Goodbye Girl, My Favorite Star.  Also Follies, The Boys From Syracuse, and Dubarry Was A Lady City Center Encores. Off-Broadway: The Coconuts, Game Show, Exactly Like You, Louisiana Purchase, Forbidden Broadway. Film/TV: Side Man to Martin Short on “The Martin Short Show.”  Films include Whatever Works, The Interpreter, Changing Lanes, Ira and Abby. Husband to Toni DiBuono and father to Kathleen.

Rory O’Malley (Arpad Laszlo) is currently starring in The Book of Mormon playing the fabulous Elder McKinley, for which he received Tony and Drama Desk nominations. Next he'll be seen visiting Edie Falco's ER on the Showtime hit “Nurse Jackie.” Other credits include Broadway: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Off-Broadway: Newsical. Regional: Created the role of Richie Cunningham in Garry Marshall's Happy Days: The Musical for Goodspeed Opera House, Paper Mill Playhouse. Rory expanded his repertoire of pasty white dudes by butchering the song Cadillac Car as lead singer of 'Dave and the Sweethearts' in the film Dreamgirls.

VICTOR GARBER (Mr. Maraczek) has received four Tony nominations for his work in Damn Yankees, Lend Me A Tenor, Deathtrap and Little Me. He performed in the workshop of Sondheim’s Wiseguys, and in the Tony Award-winning play Art. Stage credits alsoinclude Arcadia, The Devil’s Disciple, Noises Off and Sweeney Todd. Additionally, Victor garnered rave reviews in Sondheim’s Follies for City Center Encores! and Present Laughter, at the Huntington Theatre. His film roles include Milk, Titanic, The First Wives Club, Sleepless in Seattle and Legally Blonde.  For his work on television Mr. Garber has been nominated for six Emmy’s, including three for “Alias.” Other TV includes: “Eli Stone,” “Justice,” “Laughter on the 23rd Floor,” “Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows,” “Meredith Willson’s The Music Man,” and ABC’s musical version of “Annie.” Garber recently completed filming the movie, ARGO, directed by Ben Affleck.

Jeffrey Schecter (Ensemble, Bus Boy) “Shecky” is best known for recreating the role of “Mike” in the Broadway revival of A Chorus Line.  Recent Credits: Anything Goes, Bells Are Ringing (Carl), Robin and the 7 Hoods (Willie), On The Town (Ozzie). Roundabout: The People in the Picture, The Tin Pan Alley Rag, and The Pajama Game. Broadway:  Wonderful Town, Beauty and the Beast, Guys and Dolls.  Film: Farm Girl in NY (co-writer/star).  Much love to my amazing wife, our daughter Heléna, and Aunt Kathleen for this special gift. 

Jim Walton (Ensemble, Keller). With Roundabout Theatre Company: Bye, Bye, Birdie, Death Takes a Holiday. Other credits: Merrily We Roll Along, 42nd Street, Follies: In Concert, Sweeney Todd (revival), And the World Goes ‘Round, Crazy for You, The Music Man (revival), Guys and Dolls (revival), Sondheim! The Birthday Concert and Company: In Concert.

Rob Lorey (Ensemble) Delighted to work with Roundabout and Paul Gemignani. Broadway/National Tour includes Aspects of Love, Beauty and the Beast, Showboat, King and I, Chess, and Phantom of the Opera. Regional from Seattle Rep to the Kennedy Center. Recent performances include the concert version of Kristina (Albert and Carnegie Halls), Westside Story Suite (NYC Ballet), Company(Avery Fischer). Several Disney soundtracks, voice-overs, and Japanese morning cartoons. Masters of Social Work, associate director of the College Access and Success Program.    

Jessica Vosk (Ensemble, Customer). Roundabout: Death Takes A Holiday; Stephen Sondheim's Company with the NY Philharmonic. Select: Aesop & Company (Director: Jay Binder), Dangerous Beauty (Pasadena Playhouse), ABBA’s Kristina (Royal Albert Hall/Carnegie Hall), Lend Me a Tenor: The Musical (NYC reading), Five Course Love (Geva). Upcoming: Encores! Merrily We Roll Along at City Center. 

Rachel De benedet (Ensemble, Customer) Broadway: Catch Me If You Can, (Astaire Award Nomination), Addams Family, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Nine (Roundabout revival), The Sound of Music. Off Broadway: Adrift in Macao (Barrymore Award, Best Actress for original Philadelphia Theatre Company production), The Second Tosca. National Tours: Camelot (opposite Lou Diamond Phillips), The Sound of Music (St Louis' Lucy Award). 

Rebecca Eichenberger (Ensemble, Customer) Broadway: Phantom of the Opera (Carlotta),The Frogs, Carousel and Dessa Rose (LCT) ,1776 and  It’s A Grand Night for Singing (Roundabout). Natl Tour: Ragtime (Mother/1st Nat’l), Carousel (Nettie). Regional: The Light in the Piazza (Margaret/TheaterWorks), Grey Gardens (Little Edie/Portland Center Stage), Sunday in the Park with George (Dot/Seattle Rep). 

Jane Brockman (Ensemble, Customer). The Light in the Piazza (1st Nat’l), A Christmas Carol (MSG), Kismet (Encores!), Kristina (Carnegie Hall), The Kid (New Group), Camelot (Live from Lincoln Center). Regionally: Marme, Little Women; Chelsea, On Golden Pond; Nettie, Carousel; Sister Berthe, The Sound of Music (Nat’l Tour); Film/TV: The Producer’s, “Law and Order,” “All My Children.” 

Gina Ferrall (Ensemble, Customer). B’way: Mamma Mia!, Madame De La Grande Bouche, Beauty and the Beast; Widow Douglas, Big River; Mrs. Reed, Jane Eyre; Sister Berthe, The Sound of Music; Domina, Funny Thing Happened…, Madame Thenardier,  Les Miserables. Passion, Live at Lincoln Center. New York City Opera: Candide, The New York Philharmonic: Candide. Encores! The Pajama Game. Sail Away at Carnegie Hall with Elaine Stritch. Off-B’way: The Castle at M.E.T. Regional: Beauty and the Beast (NSMT), Man Of La Mancha, (Pittsburgh Public Theatre), Into the Woods (TUTS), The Music Man (Sacramento). Bay Area Critics Award for Side by Side by Sondheim. Company member of The American Conservatory Theatre from 1986-1990.  

Joe Masteroff (Book). Born in 1919 in Philadelphia, he had only one dream from infancy: to write for the theatre.  After the essential lonely childhood and four year stint in the air force, he came to New York to face his future: book-writer or book seller?  Luckily, luck intervened.  Before long he had three shows on Broadway bearing his name: The Warm Peninsula starring Julie Harris, and two musicals She Loves Me and Cabaret, for which he was the book-writer.  Thanks to indulgent parents, the New Dramatists, Hal Prince, and many others, he is now retired and living in subdued luxury.                                

Jerry Bock (Music), composer; born New Haven, November 23, 1928; Student, University of Wisconsin (1945-49), L.H.D. (hon.), 1985. Writer: score for college musical Big as Life, 1948; songs for TV show “Admiral Broadway Revue,” also “Show of Shows,” 1949-51; wrote: songs for Wonders of Manhattan (honorable mention Cannes Film Festival 1956); composer: music for Broadway show Catch a Star, 1955, Mr. Wonderful, 1956, (collaborated with Sheldon Harnick on) The Body Beautiful, 1958, Fiorello!, 1959 (Pulitzer prize, Drama Critics award, Antoinette Perry award), Tenderloin, 1960, She Loves Me, 1963, Fiddler on the Roof, 1964, The Apple Tree, 1966, The Rothschilds; Fiddler on the Roof 1964 nine Tonys - best musical of the year.  Recipient Johnny Mercer award Songwriters Hall of Fame, 1990; named to Theatre Hall of Fame, 1990.  Composed the score for the film, A Stranger Among Us; wrote words and music for Pinocchio, Land of Broken Toys, and A Show of Hands for The Children’s Theatre Festival, University of Houston, 2000-2006; Emmy Award 2010 Best Original Song, Children’s and Animation, Little Airplane Productions.

SHELDON HARNICK (Lyrics). His career began in the 1950’s with songs in revues both on and off Broadway (e.g., The Boston Beguine, The Merry Little Minuet). With Jerry Bock he created a number of memorable musicals including: Fiorello(Tony Award, Pulitzer Prize), She Loves Me (Grammy) and Fiddler on the Roof (Tony). Other collaborations: Rex (Richard Rodgers), A Christmas Carol (Michel Legrand), A Wonderful Life (Joe Raposo), The Phantom Tollbooth (Arnold Black/Norton Juster) and The Audition (Marvin Hamlisch). He has written two musicals himself: Dragons and A Doctor in Spite of Himself. Mr. Harnick is a member of the Dramatists Guild and The Songwriters Guild.

Scott Ellis (Director). Broadway: Curtains (Tony nom.), The Little Dog Laughed (Drama League nom.), Twelve Angry Men (Tony, DD noms., OCC and DD awards, Best Revival), The Man Who Had All the Luck, The Boys From Syracuse, The Rainmaker, 1776 (Drama Desk, Tony nom., Best Director), She Loves Me (Tony nom.; DD, OCC awards), Picnic (OCC nom.), Company, A Month in the Country, Steel Pier (Tony nom.; DD, OCC awards). London: She Loves Me (Olivier Award). Off-Broadway: Gruesome Playground Injuries, The Understudy, Streamers; Good Boys and True; Entertaining Mr. Sloane; The Waverly Gallery; The Dog Problem; That Championship Season; Dark Rapture; And the World Goes ’Round: The Songs of Kander and Ebb (DD, OCC awards); and Flora, the Red Menace (DD nom). NYC Opera: 110 in the Shade, A Little Night Music (also L.A. Opera). TV: “Modern Family,” “Two Broke Girls,” “Frasier,” “30 Rock” (Emmy nom., Best Director), “Weeds” (Executive Producer), “The Good Wife,” “Hung,” “The Closer.” Mr. Ellis is the Associate Artistic Director of Roundabout Theatre Company.

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; Marc Camoletti’s Don’t Dress For Dinner adapted by Robin Hawdon, directed by John Tillinger.  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.

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