Welcome to a new Musical Theatre Monday! This month we need a little holiday cheer, so we’re celebrating She Loves Me (1963), Bock & Harnick’s musical adaptation of Parfumerie, a Hungarian play that had been brought to the screen as both The Shop Around The Corner (1940) and In The Good Old Summertime (1949), and would eventually be updated as You’ve Got Mail (1998).
The 1963 Broadway production with Barbara Cook, Daniel Massey, Barbara Baxley, and Jack Cassidy was tops — I highly recommend that original cast album — but equally fun is a Town Hall concert from spring 1977 that starred Madeline Kahn, Barry Bostwick, Rita Moreno, George Rose, and Laurence Guittard. However, you don’t have to take my word for it, because I’ve got an audio to share with subscribers who comment below to alert me of their interest. Here’s an excerpt of the recording — the brilliant Madeline Kahn in the soaring “Ice Cream.”
Come back next month for another musical rarity! And stay tuned tomorrow for more Jeannie!