She Loves Me opens to rave reviews

September 4, 2018

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THE DELIGHTFUL romantic comedy, She Loves Me, opened last week to both critical and popular acclaim.

Rowan Witt and Caitlin Berry in She Loves Me. Photo by Noni Carroll Photography-small

Featuring a spectacular cast and helmed by a stellar creative team, this Hayes Theatre Co production has captivated audiences and received rave reviews.

Sydney audiences have only three more weeks to catch this perfect music-box of a show at Hayes Theatre Co.

Set in 1930’s Europe, co-workers at Maraczek’s Parfumerie, Amalia and Georg are in love - just not with each other. In fact, you could say that in their case, it was loathe at first sight!

Whilst engaged in their ongoing and bitter feud, the pair unknowingly find solace in one another by conducting an anonymous and passionate correspondence through a lonely-hearts column.

As Christmas approaches and the staff of Maraczeks deal with demanding customers and complicated inter-personnel relationships, Georg and Amalia continue to clash, while pouring out their troubles to each other in letters.

What will happen when the two finally decide to meet? Will love triumph when the truth is revealed?

Returning to the Hayes Theatre playing the lead roles of co-workers Georg and Amalia are Rowan Witt (The Book of Mormon, Dogfight) and Caitlin Berry (Melba, South Pacific). Veteran actor Tony Llewellyn-Jones (My Fair Lady), in only his second musical, plays Mr Maraczek.

Zoe Gertz (High Fidelity, Les Miserables) plays unlucky-in-love Ilona Ritter while Kurt Phelan (Dirty Dancing) makes his Hayes debut as the suave Stephen Kodaly.

Jay James Moody (The Book of Mormon, The Drowsy Chaperone) plays the role of Ladislov Sipos while Joel Granger (Big Fish) plays the role of Arpa Laszlo. Georgina Walker (Alice in Wonderland) and Suzanne Steele (Dream Lover) complete the cast as the ensemble.

She Loves Me is based on the original stage play Parfumerie which was later adapted into the films The Shop Around the Corner, In the Good Old Summertime and most recently the 1994 film You’ve Got Mail starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks.

This heartwarming romantic comedy features a book by Tony Award winner Joe Masteroff, music by Tony Award winner Jerry Bock and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Sheldon Harnick.

The impressive creative team includes director Erin James, the recipient of the inaugural Artist Led Initiative and highly esteemed performer in numerous large-scale productions including GFO/ Opera Australia’s My Fair Lady and The King and I.

Joining James is musical director Steven Kreamer (Assassins, Little Shop of Horrors), choreographer Leslie Bell (Big River) with costumes and set design by Isabel Hudson (The View UpStairs, Dry Land).

Featuring the songs Vanilla Ice-Cream, Tonight at Eight and Will He Like Me, She Loves Me is a witty and enchanting chamber musical that will charm everyone’s socks off.

Tickets for She Loves Me are available now at or by calling the Hayes Theatre Co box office during business hours on (02) 8065 7337./P

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