Cost: $20 standard, $18 senior, $10 student
Please join us for a reception with the cast and crew in the lower lobby immediately our opening night performance.
Two feuding perfume clerks have no idea they are in love
In a 1930s perfumery, rivals Amalia and Georg respond to a “lonely hearts” ad in the newspaper, in hopes of finding their soulmates.
“...a continuously melodic evening of sheer enchantment and complete escape.” —The New York Times
She Loves Me is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684
Remember when we used to write letters to friends and family?
Remember when we used to have pen pals to meet people around the world?
Remember when we used to shop at small businesses, and not just on Saturday because American Express dreamed up a marketing campaign?
Remember when delivery boys brought us goods via bicycle instead of FedEx and UPS making cardboard box Amazon deliveries?
Remember when people actually went to a library to get books to read?
Remember when going out to dinner at a romantic café was special and not a place to stop for takeout on the way home from work?
In 1938 Budapest, Hungary, people did write letters. They had pen pals. They supported local merchants like Maraczek’s Parfumerie, and Arpad was known all over town for the sound of his bicycle bell as he arrived to deliver purchased goods. They did go to the library to read. And, they did celebrate love and friendship at a small café.
The world of She Loves Me reflects a time when people lived in a world of both fantasy and reality. This is the world before the Nazis and Communists. We see a glimpse of a depressed economy where businesses are closing, clerks are afraid of losing their jobs, and customers who still had cash to spend were treated like royalty. We also begin to realize that many of these characters probably perished during the Second World War as the Germans and Russians struggled over Budapest.
As our world has grown more sinister, cynical, and ugly, She Loves Me becomes a testament to hope, dreams, romanticism, decency, and humanity. I hope we’ve created a “romantic atmosphere” for you at this performance. And, the next time you hear the beautiful tinkle of a music box, think about all the people who are special in your life.
Thank you for joining us!
—Earl D. Weaver, Director
Originally inspired by Miklós Lázló’s 1936 Hungarian play Parfumerie, the team of Joe Masteroff, Jerold Bock, and Sheldon Harnick joined together to create the five-time Tony Award nominated musical She Loves Me. The 1963 production of She Loves Me ran at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre, which was too small to create much of a profit. She Loves Me, however, has had multiple revivals and concert performances that appeared on Broadway and the West End, as well as a revival that opens on March 17, 2016 at Studio 54 in New York City.
Parfumerie has inspired a number of TV shows and movies including the 1940 film The Shop around the Corner, the 1949 film In the Good Old Summertime, and the 1998 film You’ve Got Mail. The history of the 1930s tends to get lost because of the decade prior, with the roaring 1920s, and the 1940s World War II decade thereafter. During the Great Depression of the 1930s, businesses and the lower and middle classes were greatly affected, leaving the upper class still living comfortably, benefiting the high-class boutique called Maraczek’s Parfumerie. It might seem as though She Loves Me is a frivolous romantic comedy, but if we look more closely we might see a window into how difficult it was to be a shop owner, entrepreneur, or a simple clerk or salesman in the 1930s between the two World Wars.
—Colin Brooks & David Klein, Dramaturgs
*All cast members are UCF students.
* UCF student. † UCF faculty/staff member.