Romantic, charming and brimming with joy, this musical comedy reminds us that one kind deed can open up a world of possibilities. At Maraczek’s Parfumerie, clerks Georg and Amalia are constantly at odds. Outside of work, they’re each falling madly in love with an anonymous pen pal, unaware that it is the other. This nostalgic Broadway hit inspired by the story that gave us The Shop Around the Corner and You’ve Got Mail is “as sweet and exhilarating as a first kiss” (New York Daily News).
Previews: January 25-30, 2020
First Night: January 31, 2020
Regular Performances: February 1–22, 2020
Recommendation: Age 12 and above.
Joe Masteroff was best-known as the book writer for the Tony Award-winning Cabaret. Coming to New York from Philadelphia after attending Temple University and serving in the U.S. Air Force, he was represented in New York City by the play The Warm Peninsula, the libretto for an operatic version of Eugene O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms and the book and lyrics for a recent production of Six Wives at the York Theatre Company.
Jerry Bock (Music) was a theatre composer (1928-2010) known for his work with lyricist Sheldon Harnick. The pair won the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Fiorello! (1959). Bock also won the Tony Award for Best Composer and Lyricist for Fiddler on the Roof (nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical of the Year, 1964), again partnered with Harnick. Bock’s Broadway career started in 1955 when he contributed to songs for the musical, Catch a Star, followed by Mr. Wonderful and Ziegfeld Follies of 1956. He teamed with Harnick for The Body Beautiful (1958); while panned by critics, it caught the attention of producer Hal Prince who hired Bock and Harnick to write a musical biography of New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, Fiorello! (1959), which earned a Tony Award, New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical and Pulitzer Prize in Drama. Bock and Harnick’s other works include Tenderloin (1960), Man in the Moon (1963), The Apple Tree (1966) and The Rothschilds (1970). In 2010, Bock received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Song—Children’s Shows and Animation—for “Wonder Pets!”. He was inducted into Theater Hall of Fame and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Wisconsin.
Sheldon Harnick (Lyrics) is known for his numerous collaborations with composer Jerry Bock. Their musical Fiddler on the Roof (1964) received nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical of the Year. He began studying violin in elementary school and, by the time he reached high school, was writing parodies, sketches and original songs. After serving in the army in World War II, he earned a bachelor of music degree and worked with orchestras in Chicago before he moved to New York City and wrote for musicals and revues. His first Broadway song appeared in New Faces of 1952. From there, he wrote music for revues on- and off-Broadway including Two’s Company, Almanac, The Shoestring Review, Kaleidoscope and Vintage ’60. In 1956, he partnered with composer Jerry Bock for musicals including Fiorello (1959), Tenderloin (1960), She Loves Me (1963), The Apple Tree (1966) and The Rothschilds (1970). He also did work for television, including “The Canterville Ghost” and “Free to Be You and Me.” In 1998, he wrote the libretto for Henry Mollicone’s opera, Coyote Tales, and in 2007, wrote the lyrics for Norton Juster’s The Phantom Tollbooth and wrote the libretto for Henry Mollicone’s opera, Coyote Tales.