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She Loves Me - Vocal Selections

She Loves Me - Vocal Selections

Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick, Joe Masteroff, Hal Leonard

ISBN: 9781423410300

Book by Joe Masteroff 
Music by Jerry Bock 
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick 
Based on a play by Miklos Laszio

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(Vocal Selections). It is the rare musical theatre aficionado who doesn't have a soft spot in his heart for this intimate show, considered by many the most charming musical ever written. Georg and Amalia are two feuding clerks in a European parfumerie during the 1930s who secretly find solace in their anonymous romantic pen pals, little knowing their respective correspondents are none other than each other. Funny, intelligent, honest and sentimental, She Loves Me is a warm romantic comedy with an endearing innocence and a touch of old world elegance and nostalgia, yet as universal and relevant as ever in this age of internet romances. 9 songs, including: Days Gone By * Dear Friend * Grand Knowing You * Ilona * She Loves Me * Tonight at Eight * A Trip to the Library * Vanilla Ice Cream * Will He Like Me?
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"So charming, so deft, so light and so right that it makes all the other music-shows in the big Broadway shops look like clodhoppers. This was an evening in which everything came together - click! Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick have written music and lyrics for the season's gayest, smartest score. The songs keep dancing and swirling out as if Harold Hasting's intimate, almost all-string orchestra were blowing shimmering soap bubbles up from the pit. The orchestrations are among the best ever written by Don Walker." - John Chapman, Daily News

"SHE LOVES ME (aptly named) is that rare theatrical jewel, an intimate musical that affectionately enfolds an audience instead of shouting it down. It is dear, charming and wholeheartedly romantic. The music does not thrust itself forward. Instead, it gracefully embellishes the action, accents the speech, adds sparkle to the humor and transcends the power of words when the mood is romantic. It is, most of the way, an integral part of the play - which is a musical excellence in itself.... The expression "sings her heart out" certainly applies to Miss Cook, who has both the heart and voice to do it. Her clear soprano is not only one of the finest vocal instruments in the contemporary musical theatre, but it conveys all the vitality, brightness and strength of her feminine young personality, which is plenty. The company, owes a great deal to lyricist Sheldon Harnick. He has put their love affair into lyric words, just as Bock has put it into music. "Ice Cream," sung by Miss Cook, is the crowning glory of this music-lyric combination." - Norman Nadel, World-Telegram & Sun

"A bonbon of a musical has been put on display and it should delight who knows how many a sweet tooth. SHE LOVES ME has been assembled by confectioners who know and respect their metier. They have found the right ingredients of sugar and raisins and nuts to add to their fluffy dough and have created a taste surprise, like an inspired dobos torta one would encounter in a romantic Budapest of long ago. The humors of SHE LOVES ME are gentle rather than robust. The characters are the familiar figures of happily bittersweet fairy tales; yet they have individuality and charm. You keep thinking that you cannot digest an array of desserts, no matter how attractive and tasty they are, but you find yourself relishing nearly all of them. The secret is this: Everyone concerned with SHE LOVES ME has played fair with the basic ingredients. The songs not only capture the gay, light spirit of the story but also add an extra dimension of magic to it. For this musical has not been put together with tape and glue and memories of bygone successes. The songs have not been added awkwardly to provide a star with a turn or the show with a production number." - Howard Taubman, Times

The original Broadway production of SHE LOVES ME opened on April 23, 1963 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. The idea for the musical was initiated by the producer, Lawrence Kasha, who brought the three writers together. Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock were an established team who had already written the Pulitzer Prize-winning FIORELLO!. SHE LOVES ME was their only collaboration with bookwriter Joe Masteroff.

AMALIA BALASH The eager new employee at Maraczek's Parfumerie. Despite being a skilled saleswoman, she easily becomes intimated and nervous. Attractive, bright, and a lover of literature. Female, 20-25 yrs old Range: C4 - B5

ARPAD LASZLO Delivery boy at Maraczek's Parfumerie. His exuberance is infectious and commitment to his job remarkable. He is ambitious and adorable. Male, 14-17 yrs old Range: Bb2 - E4

GEORG NOWACK An established employee of Maraczek's Parfumerie, he resembles a hopeless romantic. Shy, intelligent, and soft spoken. Male, 25-30 yrs old Range: B2 - F4

ILONA RITTER Employed at Maraczek's Parfumerie. She is sexy and learned in the ways of romance, but longing for something more from the game of love. Female, 25-30 yrs old Range: F#3 - E5

LADISLAV SIPOS Not the brightest employee at Maraczek's Parfumerie. A confidant to Georg, he is an optimistic family man who looks like a huggable father. Male, 45 yrs old Range: A2 - E4

MR. MARACZEK Owner of Maraczek's Parfumerie. With a commanding presence, his dedication to the trade is rivaled only by his faithfulness to his wife. Male, 55-65 yrs old Range: B2 - C4

STEVEN KODALY A well respected and liked employee at Maraczek's Parfumerie. Though he is considered dapper and occasionally charming, he is more of a shallow womanizer. Male, 25 yrs old Range: B2 - A4


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