Press Release: ​​​​​She Loves Me

Broadway Hit, She Loves Me—“the Most Romantic of All Musicals”—Launches 2020 at South Coast Repertory

COSTA MESA, Calif. (​​​Dec. ​27, 201​9)— South Coast Repertory (Artistic Director David Ivers and Managing Director Paula Tomei) announced the cast of the nostalgic Broadway musical hit, She Loves Me, as rehearsals got underway this week. The production will mark David Ivers’ SCR directorial debut in his first year as the theatre’s artistic director. The show runs Jan. 25-Feb. 22 on the Segerstrom Stage. Tickets are available now at www.scr.org.

Set in the 1930s, at Maraczek’s Parfumerie, clerks Georg and Amalia are constantly at odds. But, outside of work, they’re each falling madly in love with an anonymous pen pal, unaware that it is the other. She Loves Me brims with romance, charm and joy, with a book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Bock. The musical had its Broadway debut in 1963, with revivals in 1993 and 2016. The Wall Street Journal called it “the most romantic of all Broadway musicals” and Variety said it’s “so charming, you kind of wish it would follow you home.”

Ivers is an unabashed musical theatre fan who finds magic when the feeling of music is combined with the narrative of song.  

“There’s something so specifically live about musical theatre that excites me in ways that many plays can’t,” he said.

She Loves Me was inspired by the 1937 play Parfumerie by Miklós László, whose story gave rise to The Shop Around the Corner (1940, with Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan) and You’ve Got Mail (1998, with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan).

The cast for She Loves Me includes Ricky Abilez, Alicia Coca, Matthew Henerson, Branden Holzer, Jonathan Kim, Robert E. Knight, Sam P. Ludwig, Erin Mackey, Marlene Martinez, Marlene Montes, Gregory North, Danny Scheie, Danny Stiles, Katy Tang, Dekontee Tucrkile and Brian Vaughan.

The musicians include Tom Griep, conductor and keyboards; Alby Potts, keyboards and programming; Robert Peterson, violin; Elizabeth Brown, cello; Jay Mason, reeds; Dustin McKinney, trumpet; Louis Allee, percussion; and Tim Christensen, bass.

The design and creative team includes Jo Winiarski, set design; Alex Jaeger, costume design; Jaymi Lee Smith, lighting design; Jeff Polunas, sound design; Gregg Coffin, music direction; Jaclyn Miller, choreography; and Joanne DeNaut, CSA, casting. Jamie A. Tucker is the stage manager.

She Loves Me has generous support from Honorary Producers Steve and Laurie Duncan, and Michael Ray. The Corporate Honorary Associate Producers are BNY Mellon Wealth Management and Haskell & White LLP. The media partners are Orange Coast Magazine and KPCC.

Tickets start at $27. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 25 years of age and under, fulltime educators, seniors and groups of 10 or more. For complete information, visit: www.scr.org.


Related Information for She Loves Me

Tickets: May be purchased online at www.scr.org, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or by visiting the Box Office at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Performances run Jan. 25-Feb. 22; low-priced previews run Jan. 25-30. Ticket prices start at $27. SCR’s performances run Tuesdays-Sundays; there are no performances on Mondays.

Performance Dates, Times
Some performance times are different this season. Please see below.

  • Previews run Jan. 25-30.
    • Saturday: Jan. 25, at 8 p.m.
    • Sunday: Jan. 26, at 7 p.m.:
    • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: Jan. 28, 29 and 30, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Regular performances run Feb. 1-22.
    Note: Note: Friday, Jan. 31, is an invitation-only performance.
    • Evening Performances
    • Sundays: Feb. 2, 9 and 16, at 7 p.m.
    • Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: Feb. 4-6; Feb. 11-13; and Feb. 18-20, at 7:30 p.m.  
    • Fridays and Saturdays: Feb. 7-8; Feb. 14-15; Feb. 21-22, at 8 p.m.
  • Matinees
    • Saturdays: Feb. 1, Feb. 8, Feb. 15 and Feb. 22, at 2:30 p.m.
    • Sundays: Feb. 2, Feb. 8, Feb. 16, at 2 p.m.
    • ASL-interpreted: Saturday, Feb. 15, at 2:30 p.m.

Special Events

  • Post-Show Discussion: On Sunday, Jan. 26, stay after the show for a discussion with members of the creative design team for She Loves Me. Segerstrom Stage.
  • Talkbacks: On Wednesday, Feb. 5, and Tuesday, Feb. 11, stay after the show to discuss the play with cast members of She Loves. These free post-show discussions are led by South Coast Repertory’s literary team. Segerstrom Stage.
  • Inside the Season: Saturday, Feb. 8, at 10:30 a.m. This lively two-hour session includes in-depth interviews with cast members and artists from the production staff, with secrets and insights into SCR’s production of She Loves Me.Segerstrom Stage. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased in advance or at the door.
  • Artistic Director Post-Show Conversation: On Thursday, Feb. 13, stay after the show for a conversation with the show’s director, David Ivers, who also is SCR’s artistic director. He’ll chat about the show, the theatre and what’s on audience members’ minds.
  • American Sign Language-Interpreted: Saturday, Feb. 15, at 2:30 p.m.

Location: South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, at the Bristol Street/Avenue of the Arts exit off the San Diego (405) Freeway in the David Emmes/Martin Benson Theatre Center, part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Parking is available on Park Center Drive, off Anton Boulevard.

Upcoming Productions: Fireflies, Jan. 5-26; She Loves Me, Jan. 25-Feb. 22; Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Feb. 7-23 (Theatre for Young Audiences); Outside Mullingar, March 8-29; The Scarlett Letter, March 28-April 25; I Get Restless, April 12-May 3; Arcadia, May 9-June 6; and Dory Fantasmagory, May 22-June 7 (Theatre for Young Audiences). The annual showcase of new works, the Pacific Playwrights Festival, runs April 24-26, 2020.

Complete information is available at www.scr.org.

ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson, is led by Artistic Director David Ivers and Managing Director Paula Tomei. SCR is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. While its productions represent a balance of classic and modern theatre, SCR is renowned for its extensive new-play development program, which includes the nation’s largest commissioning program for emerging and established writers. Of SCR’s more than 530 productions, one-quarter have been world premieres. SCR-developed works have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes and eight Pulitzer nominations, several Obie Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, Calif., SCR is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio. www.scr.org