PLAYBILL PICKS: Timeless Love Affairs on Stage

By Robert Simonson
13 Feb 2014

Daniel Massey and Barbara Cook
Photo by Friedman-Abeles

She Loves Me

Is there any musical more patently romantic than Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Bock and Joe Masteroff's 1963 masterpiece, adapted from the stage play by Hungarian playwright Miklos Laszlo? Georg Nowack and Amalia Balash, clerks at Maraczek's Parfumerie in Budapest, meet as cute as cute can be — as beknownst pen pals. In real life, they fuss and fight; on paper, they are soul mates. It all comes out well in the end, of course. Along the way, they sing such unabashedly love-smitten songs as "Will He Like Me?," "Dear Friend," "Vanilla Ice Cream" and "She Loves Me." As if that weren't enough, the show contains the satiric number — sung by a hasty maitre d — "A Romantic Atmosphere."