“She Loves Me” reaped eight Tony Awards nominations, including a bid for Best Musical Revival. It is the second remounting of this charming musical from 1963. Joe Masteroff adapted the play “Parfumerie” by Hungarian playwright Miklós László about a pair of Budapest shop employees who spar, blissfully unaware that they are pen pals who met through a personal ad. And Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, who had won the Pulitzer and Tony in 1959 for “Fiorello,” did the score.
This source material has been filmed three times, first in 1940 as the James Stewart/Margaret Sullavan vehicle “The Shop Around the Corner,” then as the 1949 tuner “In the Good Old Summertime” starring Judy Garland and Van Johnson, and most recently in 1998 as the Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan rom-com “You’ve Got Mail.”
The original production contended for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, but that was the year of “Hello, Dolly!” which swept the kudos. The 1994 revival reaped nine nominations, winning for leading man Boyd Gaines. This edition won just one of its eight bids with David Rockwell prevailing for Scenic Design.
This revival reaped acting nominations for Laura Benanti and Zachary Levi as the sparring lovebirds and two-time Tony champ Jane Krakowski as their co-worker. The three of them, along with the cast performed on Sunday’s Tony Awards telecast after being introduced by Ryan.