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GREAT PERFORMANCES: She Loves Me

Airs Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 at Noon on KPBS TV

Laura Benanti and Zachary Levi in

Credit: Courtesy of Joan Marcus, 2016

Above: Laura Benanti and Zachary Levi in "She Loves Me."

“She Loves Me” from THIRTEEN’S GREAT PERFORMANCES Kicks Off PBS's Broadway's Best Lineup

The critically-acclaimed Roundabout Theatre Company production of “She Loves Me” comes to THIRTEEN’s GREAT PERFORMANCES, as the opening presentation of PBS's fall Broadway's best lineup.

Broadway's Best |2017 Fall Preview

This fall, PBS brings viewers broadcast premieres of Broadway’s best every Friday night, beginning October 20, with Great Performances and Live From Lincoln Center. The line-up includes “She Loves Me,” “Noël Coward's Present Laughter,” “In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams,” “Indecent,” “Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn” on Great Performances as well as “Falsettos” on Live from Lincoln Center.

“She Loves Me” joins "Present Laughter" (originally aired November 3 on KPBS 2), "Indecent" (November 17 on KPBS 2), and "Holiday Inn" (November 24 on KPBS 2, and also from Roundabout) as part of PBS's Broadway's best lineup, directed for television by Emmy Award-winner David Horn, executive producer of both GREAT PERFORMANCES and THIRTEEN's local Theater Close-Up series.

“She Loves Me” was the first Broadway musical ever to stream live during a performance at Roundabout Theatre Company’s Studio 54. 

In the musical, Tony Award® winner Laura Benanti and Tony Award® nominee Zachary Levi star as Amalia and Georg, two parfumerie clerks who aren’t quite the best of friends.

She Loves Me - Preview

The critically-acclaimed Roundabout Theatre Company production of "She Loves Me" comes to GREAT PERFORMANCES on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 at 9 p.m. on KPBS 2 as the opening presentation of PBS’s fall Broadway’s Best lineup.

Constantly bumping heads while on the job, the sparring coworkers can’t seem to find common ground. But little do they know, the anonymous romantic pen pals they have both been falling for happen to be each other.

Will love continue to blossom once their identities are finally revealed?

Critics unanimously embraced this latest production. Mark Kennedy of Associated Press, for one, remarked, "An astounding cast, a nifty story and memorable songs turn this revival into a celebration of classic musical construction."

Part of Roundabout’s 50th Anniversary Season, “She Loves Me” also starred Byron Jennings (Maraczek), Gavin Creel (Kodaly), Tom McGowan (Sipos) and Jane Krakowski (Ilona) with Nicholas Barasch (Arpad) and Peter Bartlett (Head Waiter).

The production was directed by Tony Award® nominee Scott Ellis, choreographed by Warren Carlyle with musical direction by Paul Gemignani. This classic musical comedy features a book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Bock.

This marks the second presentation of “She Loves Me” on GREAT PERFORMANCES which aired a well-remembered British studio version starring Robin (POLDARK) Ellis and Gemma ("The Slipper and the Rose") Craven which delighted viewers.

S45 Ep3: She Loves Me - Behind the Curtain

Go behind the scenes of She Loves Me with insights from the cast and production team. The critically-acclaimed Roundabout Theatre Company production of She Loves Me comes to Great Performances, Friday, October 20 at 9PM (check local listings) as the opening presentation of PBS’s fall Broadway’s Best lineup.

The celebrated score features favorites such as “Vanilla Ice Cream,” “A Romantic Atmosphere,” “Dear Friend,” and “She Loves Me.”

S45 Ep3: Vanilla Ice Cream | She Loves Me

Laura Benanti sings "Vanilla Ice Cream" in She Loves Me. The critically-acclaimed Roundabout Theatre Company production of She Loves Me comes to Great Performances, Friday, October 20 at 9PM (check local listings) as the opening presentation of PBS’s fall Broadway’s Best lineup.

The musical is based on a play by Miklos Laszlo, whose well-known romantic story was the basis for the 1940 James Stewart film “The Shop Around the Corner,” the 1949 Judy Garland and Van Johnson musical “In the Good Old Summertime,” and the 1998 Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan film “You’ve Got Mail."

Roundabout’s Associate Artistic Director Scott Ellis previously directed Roundabout’s ten-time Tony nominated revival of “She Loves Me” in 1993, which marked the first Broadway musical in the company’s history and launched the Musical Theatre Program at Roundabout.

S45 Ep3: Ilona | She Loves Me

Gavin Creel and Jane Krakowski perform "Ilona" in She Loves Me. The critically-acclaimed Roundabout Theatre Company production of She Loves Me comes to Great Performances, Friday, October 20 at 9PM (check local listings) as the opening presentation of PBS’s fall Broadway’s Best lineup.

WATCH ON YOUR SCHEDULE:

This full episode is available to stream on demand through Nov. 3, 2017.

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CREDITS:

GREAT PERFORMANCES is produced by THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET, one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers. Mitch Owgang is producer; Bill O’Donnell is series producer; David Horn is executive producer.

For BroadwayHD this performance of “She Loves Me” was produced by Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley and captured by BroadwayHD in June 2016, in association with Ellen M. Krass Productions, Inc. and THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC FOR WNET.

Major support for the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of “She Loves Me” is provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation. The stage production of “She Loves Me” also benefits from Roundabout’s Musical Theatre Fund with lead gifts from The Howard Gilman Foundation,  Perry and Marty Granoff, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and Michael Kors and Lance Le Pere.

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