She Loves Me
I am playing one of my most favorite musicals this afternoon. She Loves Me is a perfect jewelbox of a show, where two people who work together and just don’t get along are actually pen pals and falling in love with each other through their letters.
The musical is an adaptation of the play Parfumerie by Hungarian playwright Miklos Laszlo. It’s been made into three movies:
1940 James Stewart-Margaret Sullavan film The Shop around the Corner
1949 Judy Garland-Van Johnson musical version In the Good Old Summertime.
1998 as the Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan feature You've Got Mail.
Music Jerry Bock
Lyrics Sheldon Harnick
Book Joe Masteroff
Basis Miklos Laszlo's play Parfumerie
We are listening to the original cast recording this afternoon, with Daniel Massey, Jack Cassidy and Barbara Cook.