Meet the Cast: "She Loves Me"


by 
Tania Thompson
 | Jan 06, 2020
The Cast of She Loves Me
​The cast of She Loves Me in SCR's Costume Shop.

Sixteen actors—plus a small ensemble of musicians—bring to life the goings-on at Maraczek’s Parfumerie in She Loves Me (Jan. 25-Feb. 22, Segerstrom Stage)—the hit Broadway musical inspired by the story that brought us the hit film, You’ve Got Mail. SCR veterans (from The Light in the Piazza, Shakespeare in Love, American Mariachi, The Fantasticks, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and others) and newcomers are included in the casting mix for this romantic musical that brims with romance, charm, comedy and joy. Read on to meet the cast. ​

Abilez,-RickyRicky Abilez

I portray Arpad Laszlo.
My SCR credits include Shakespeare in Love, The Velveteen Rabbit and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
My other credits include Frederick!, In the Heights, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, The Secret in the Wings, Señor Plummer’s Final Fiesta, More Guns! and Mysterious Skin.
I love the scent of lavender. It is a calming and uplifting scent and I use it in baths, laundry and linen sprays. My favorite cologne is Versace Pour Homme. It smells like all the qualities you could ever want in a man. Good job, Versace.
My favorite romantic story is Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman, which happens to be both a book and a film. I don't think I could properly communicate my profound love for this story through words, but I'll try. It is a masterpiece. The book beautifully captures the experience of falling in love for the first time. Doesn't matter who you are or whom you love, people from all walks of life can relate to this story. The film is equally breathtaking. It captures the inner battles we encounter when navigating our own self-worth and acceptance. It dissects both the beauty and tragedy of love and it captures the true essence of romance. I think what I appreciate the most about this story is that even though it revolves around two men falling in love, it has nothing to do with their sexuality. Neither man ever says "I'm gay" and both men have had relationships with women. Sexuality doesn't dictate the narrative—it is the visceral human experience of falling in love with another person's soul. That, to me, is transcendent.
My earliest childhood crush was David Archuleta. I swooned over him every week on “American Idol.” It was a combination of his genuine personality, his goofiness, his shy, awkward demeanor and his talent. Talent is very attractive to me and his voice is beautiful! I still adore him, though my crush has changed. Another story for another time!

Coca,-AliciaAlicia Coca

I portray several characters as a member of the ensemble.
My SCR credits include American Mariachi.
My other credits include Pippin, Heathers the Musical, American Mariachi and La Virgen de Guadalupe: Dios Inantzin.
I love the scent of a rose. Yes, predictable and basic. Roses are also my favorite flower. Again, predictable and basic.
My favorite romantic story is the book Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende. The love story in this novel is beautiful and dynamic. And most importantly, it comes as an afterthought to Eliza’s personal growth, discovery of her individuality, and strength as a woman. She unites with her true soulmate only after going on a journey completely alone.

Henerson,-MatthewMatthew Henerson

I portray Ladislav Sipos.
My SCR credits include Shakespeare in Love and Hamlet.
My other credits include Flashdance the Musical (national tour), 12 Angry Men, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Cabaret, “Hung,” “The Fosters,” “One Day at a Time” and theatre performances include the Ahmanson Theatre, A Noise Within, La Jolla Playhouse, West Virginia Public Theatre and the Arizona, Colorado, Marin, San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Utah Shakespeare festivals.
I love the scent of fenugreek! Not long after our daughter was born, my wife began taking this supplement; it's an herb and anecdotal evidence (and some studies) suggests that it's good for a lot of different things. And, for as long as she took the stuff, her hair smelled of maple. Not the sweet of maple syrup; maybe closer to the scent of the sap, before any sugar is added. To this day, my wife's hair still smells faintly of maple! We've been married 29 years in June, and our daughter turned 20 in October, and that faint maple smell remains. The scent which evokes my two favorite people is, naturally, my favorite scent.
My favorite romantic story is the one I return to time and again is Talley's Folly, a two-person play by Lanford Wilson. The story is about Matt Friedman, a middle-aged German-Jewish immigrant, who woos and wins Sally Talley, the intelligent but despised daughter of a prominent Midwestern (Protestant) family. No great psychological penetration required here: I'm Jewish myself and—professionally, at least—I was never young. I was too old to play Romeo before I started shaving. The character of Matt Friedman on the other hand... Then, too, I prefer my romances comical (rather than tragic, historical or pastoral). I like to see love rewarded in this life so, for me, Emma and Mr. Knightly over Catherine and Heathcliff eight days a week!

Holzer,-BrandenBranden Holzer

I portray several characters as a member of the ensemble.
This is my SCR debut!
My other credits include Hairspray the Musical, and LA’s Next Great Stage Star 2018.
I love the scent of fresh-cut citrus.
My favorite romantic story is The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller.


Kim,-JonathanJonathan Kim

I portray the Busboy.
This is my SCR debut!
My other credits include dancing in The Corps Dance Crew, as well as La Cage Aux Folles, Beijing Spring, The Red Car Trolley News Boys and Stiles and Drewe’s Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
I love the scent of a bowling alley! I know, I know! But it is the one smell that can and will, without a doubt, immediately make me feel nostalgic.
My favorite romantic story is the relationship between Elend Venture and Vin in the Mistborn book series. Read the books!

Knight,-RobertRobert E. Knight

I portray several characters as a member of the ensemble.
My SCR credits include Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
My other credits include
Big River, Parade, and Urinetown.
I love the scent of
the smell of fresh garlic and onions being sautéed into whatever delicious food you are cooking.
My favorite romantic story is, weirdly, the movieLove Don’t Cost a Thing, with Nick Cannon and Christina Milian. It’s a little random, but I love it because it shows no matter how flashy or rich you are, what matters the most is how you treat one another and take the time to show each other who you really are inside.

Ludwig,-SamSam Ludwig

I portray Steven Kodaly.
This is my SCR debut!
My other credits include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, On the Town, Avenue Q, Big River, 1776, A Little Night Music, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Proof and Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.
I love the scent of honeysuckle (cliché, I know!).
My favorite romantic story is the film Before Sunrise, with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. I love the other two movies in the Before trilogy, but the first one is the most romantic.

Mackey,-ErinErin Mackey

I portray Amalia Balash.
My SCR credits include The Light in the Piazza.
My other credits include In Transit, Amazing Grace, Chaplin, Anything Goes, Sondheim on Sondheim and Wicked (all on Broadway), as well as South Pacific, Sunday in the Park with George, “Blue Bloods” and “Gossip Girl.”
I love the scent of being out hiking in nature—that’s my happy place. I love the smell of pine trees and dirt, especially in upstate New York, where you’ll find some of my favorite spots.
My favorite romantic story is Pride and Prejudice. I could read it over and over again—and I have. It’s a classic. Plus, that BBC miniseries version with Colin Firth—swoon!
My first childhood celebrity crush was
Michael Vartan. I watched him on TV in “Alias” and in the film, Never Been Kissed. I thought he was so dreamy.

Martinez,-MarleneMarlene Martinez

I portray Ilona Ritter.
My SCR credits include Mr. Popper’s Penguins and the Pacific Playwrights Festival concert-reading of the musical, Prelude to a Kiss.
My other credits include Native Gardens, Mamma Mia! (national tour) and West Side Story, as well as concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Broad Stage and the Hollywood Bowl.
I love the scent of brownies baking. I have a weakness for all things sweet—especially chocolate.
My favorite romantic story is The Princess Bride. It has all the quintessential love story elements; love at first sight, damsel in distress, a happily ever after. I try to use this film as a model for my marriage. Mainly, when Westley was her farmhand and the only words he said to her were “As you wish.”
My childhood crush was Jonathan Taylor Thomas from “Home Improvement”. I even wrote to him once from one of those teenybopper magazines. I can’t say he ever received my letter, so our love was never fully realized. But I did see his name recently on a SAG [Screen Actors Guild] ballot. Needless to say, he got my vote!

Montes,-MarleneMarlene Montes

I portray several characters as a member of the ensemble.
My SCR credits include American Mariachi.
My other credits include In the Heights, American Mariachi, Legally Blonde the Musical, Gypsy, Cabaret, South Pacific, Tommy, Miss Saigon and The 1940’s Radio Hour.
I love the clean scents of an ocean breeze and fresh linen. There's something so peaceful and satisfying when you take a deep breath in at the beach or crawl into bed in your newly washed sheets.
My favorite romantic story is one that is rooted in truth and not fantasy. That is why When Harry Met Sally comes to mind. They spend years building a solid foundation on a friendship. As an audience member, you can see the chemistry and want them to get together. When they finally do, it's so gratifying! That's how I feel when Amalia and George finally figure out what we did from the very beginning in She Loves Me!
My childhood crush was Fred Savage, who played Kevin Arnold in the TV show “The Wonder Years.” He was a sweet, funny, clean-cut boy and I thought he was so adorable! To be honest, I think that he left such an impression on me that if you asked me my “type” now, he'd probably look like Fred Savage plus 30-40 years. Haha!

North,-GregoryGregory North

I portray Mr. Maraczek.
My SCR credits include The Fantasticks.
My other credits include Into the Woods, The Secret Garden, A Christmas Carol and Grand Hotel (all on Broadway), Grumpy Old Men, Phantom of the Opera, Showboat, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Rock of Ages, 12 Angry Men, Ragtime, The Sound of Music, King Charles III, Comedy of Tenors, Pride & Prejudice and Sting’s The Last Ship.
I love the scent of fresh ground coffee! That’s followed in a close second place by the ozone smell of fresh air after a rain.
My favorite romantic story is the movie Same Time, Next Year based on the play by Bernard Slade. It came at a time when it made a huge impact and had two of my favorite actors—Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn. One of my favorite movies of all time is The Natural, which has at least two kinds of romance central to the story: the romance between a man and a woman and the romance of a man with baseball.

Scheie,-DannyDanny Scheie

I portray the Head Waiter.
My SCR credits include SHREW!; The Monster Builder; One Man, Two Guvnors; The Wind in the Willows; and You, Nero.
My other credits include The Music Man, Richard III and Tartuffe, as well as performances at regional theatre companies including Pasadena Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Folger Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre and others.
I love the scent of Mary Scheie’s cinnamon rolls. There’s nothing special to them, probably, other than cinnamon and gluten!
My favorite romantic story is Brideshead Revisited.
My childhood crush was Mark Lester.

Stiles,-DannyDanny Stiles

I portray Keller.
This is my SCR debut!
My other credits include Wonderland, Sister Act and Leap of Faith (all on Broadway), The Full Monty, The Rocky Horror Show, Spamalot, Hairspray, Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular, the Emmy Awards and the 2002 Winter Olympics.
I love the scent of freshly laundered clothes—Gain, Downy, Fabuloso, whatever. When I open the dryer, and that warm air wafts into my face, I get both a sense of accomplishment and joy. It’s also lovely to greet someone with a hug and smell that April freshness as you pull away. Always makes me want to go in for a second hug.
My favorite romantic story is the film The Remains of the Day. I remember the impact it had when Emma Thompson’s character decided to leave her post and live her life. She had also fallen in love with Anthony Hopkins’ character and invited him to leave his post and run away with her. They had both become so close, and were obviously in love, but he decided to remain and work as a butler. I was so devastated for both of them. True love was right at their fingertips, and was so obvious, yet, you can’t convince someone to be in love with you. He lost her to his job. Idiot.
My childhood crush was an adorable girl named Joanne. I think I was four years old. We met at the drinking fountain because I was obsessed with drinking fountains. She had the most beautiful dark chocolate skin, perfect braids and really cute clothes. Somewhere, there are still pictures of us holding hands.

Tang,-KatyKaty Tang

I portray several characters as a member of the ensemble.
My SCR credits include Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
My other credits include Candide, A Little Night Music, West Side Story, Spring Awakening, Le Nozze di Figaro, Werther and Orphée et Eurydice.
I love the scent of vetiver oil. It's a very earthy fragrance, and definitely not everyone's cup of tea, but I LOVE it!
My favorite romantic story is the opera Eugene Onegin, from the story by Alexander Pushkin, with music by Tchaikovsky. It's by no means a story with a happy fairytale ending, but maybe it's the journey through heartbreak and heartache within the unrequited love that appeals to me. It's transformative, and there is always great romance to be found within love that changes you.

Tucrkile,-DekonteeDekontee Tucrkile

I portray several characters as a member of the ensemble.
This is my SCR debut!
My other credits include Mamma Mia, Invisible: A New Musical, The Music Man and the film Friends with Awkwardness.
I love the scent of Disneyland at Christmastime—especially Main Street! I think it’s the scent of gingerbread. I also love the fragrance Daisy by Marc Jacobs.
My favorite romantic story is West Side Story. I don’t care what anyone says—I know it’s Romeo and Juliet, but the music and dancing are beautiful!
My childhood crush was Nick Jonas. And he’s still my current crush!

Vaughn,-BrianBrian Vaughn

I portray Georg Nowack.
This is my SCR debut!
My other credits include Hamlet, Henry V, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, Into the Woods, Camelot, Pirates of Penzance, The Producers and as a director, Shakespeare in Love and Peter and the Starcatcher.
I love the scent of vanilla—and cue the song “Vanilla Ice Cream” from She Loves Me!
My favorite romantic story is
Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand. Act 5 is the most beautiful moment in theatre. I’m also a sucker for When Harry Met Sally.


The Musicians of She Loves Me

  • Tom Griep, conductor, keyboard
  • Alby Potts, keyboard (previously at SCR for The Light in the Piazza, Mr. Popper's Penguins, Ivy+Bean: The Musical)
  • Robert Peterson, violin
  • Elizabeth Brown, cello
  • Jay Mason, reeds
  • Dustin McKinney, trumpet (previously at SCR for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street)
  • Louis Allee, percussion (previously at SCR for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street)
  • Tim Christensen, bass (previously at SCR for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street)

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