Looking forward to our upcoming production of She Loves Me? We here at the DFPA are too! It’s is truly a timeless classic – and when we say that, we don’t mean it in any vague or subjective sense. She Loves Me is just one iteration of a basic storyline that has appeared in at least five different works, ranging from plays to films to musicals. Here’s an interactive timeline of some of the most popular precursors, variations, and descendants of She Loves Me over the years.
Fun fact: The original title of the play was Illatszertár, which is the Hungarian word for a perfumery. Parfumerie, which is the better-known title of the play, is the word’s French equivalent.
The original source for the storyline of She Loves Me is a little-known play called Parfumerie, written by Hungarian playwright and American immigrant Miklós László. The play was written entirely in Hungarian, and premiered in Budapest in 1937.
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