Hello! My name is Maggie Cramer, and I am the Assistant Director/Dramaturg for Loyola’s current mainstage production of She Loves Me. As an introduction to this blog series, I’d like to give a little background on the history of the show and its development.
In 1963, She Loves Me made its Broadway premiere starring Barbara Cook and directed by Harold Prince. Unfortunately, the show ran for 302 performances only, as it was overshadowed by other smash-hits premiering on Broadway at the same time, such as Hello Dolly. Although its initial run wasn’t supremely successful, the show went on to have two more Broadway runs, both produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company and directed by Scott Ellis. The current revival, staring Zachary Levi and Tony-winner Laura Benanti, is receiving rave reviews that compliment the “warm, witty lyrics” and delightful score of composer and lyricist Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick.  Many have called She Loves Me the writing duo’s masterpiece.
The show follows the lives of the clerks at a perfumery in 1930’s Budapest, focusing predominantly on the relationship between Georg and Amalia, who just can’t seem to get along. As the story progresses, we learn that perhaps these two aren’t so different after all. They are both in romantic correspondence with anonymous pen pals . . . Can you guess where this is going? Read more
Dylan and Eric in the Columbine cafeteria on the day of the shooting – April 20, 1999
Last week, we went into detail about the process of writing and selecting the play columbinus. This week, we’re going to attempt to dispel some of the rumors surrounding the Columbine Massacre itself.
I would like to note before we proceed – most of my dramaturgical background comes from two sources – the play itself and Columbine by Dave Cullen. Dave Cullen is a reporter who has worked with Salon, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. He is one of the few reporters who has covered the Columbine Shooting since the beginning. His book offers a magnificent look at the Columbine Shooting and it also serves well as an examination of the culture that breeds these events. If you’re interested in an even deeper look into the aftermath of the Columbine Shootings, I definitely recommend checking that out.
The New York Times Report from April 21, 1999 (the day after the Columbine Shooting) reported that two young men, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, shot and killed 20 people, while injuring another 24. The New York Times continued, saying that Dylan and Eric were targeting jocks and popular kids in particular. The New York Times and other news sources concluded that Eric and Dylan were apart of the “Trench Coat Mafia,” a group of counter-culture individuals who wore trench coats, listened exclusively to Marilyn Manson and Rammstein and were intent on starting massacres against “popular” students throughout the United States. Other news outlets reported that there were as many as 4 shooters, that the shootings went on for hours, and other pieces of speculative information that turned out to be either amalgamations of a combination of reports or rumors started by members of the school and Littleton, CO community. Read more
In the musical She Loves Me, no one is sure how to recognize love at first glance. Some characters realize the love they thought they had was a mere illusion, while others find that their contentious relationship was really love the whole time. But don’t worry – just because there may be no such thing as love at first sight for the people in this story doesn’t mean that will be the case for you, the audience member. It’s hard not to fall in love with She Loves Me right away, as the numerous musical and film adaptations of this story attest.
Why does this story remain so popular? This was just one of the questions we asked Director Sarah Gabel, who is hard at work preparing to bring this show to the Loyola stage in just a few weeks. Check out our exclusive interview with her to find out more about the appeal of this show, and how Loyola’s actors will bring it to life. Prepare to get excited about She Loves Me – or maybe even fall in love with it at first glimpse.
She Loves Me opens April 15th in the Newhart Family Theatre. It will run through April 24, with performances at 7:30PM Thursdays- Saturdays, and at 2:00PM on Sundays. Discounted tickets are also available for the preview of the show on April 14. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please click here.