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She Loves Me: The New Broadway Cast Recording (1993 Revival) [Cast Recording]

Jerry Bock, Diane Fratantoni, Brad Kane, Jonathan Freeman, Boyd Gaines, Sally Mayes, Sheldon Harnick, She Loves Me (Related Recordings)Audio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 23, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B0000014U0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,628 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ov
2. Good Morning, Good Day
3. Sounds While Selling
4. Days Gone By
5. No More Candy/Thank You, Madam
6. Three Letters
7. Tonight At Eight
8. I Don't Know His Name
9. Perspective
10. Goodbye, Georg
11. Will He Like Me?
12. Ilona
13. I Resolve
14. A Romantic Atmosphere
15. Dear Friend
16. Entr'acte
17. Try Me
18. Where's My Shoe?
19. Vanilla Ice Cream
20. She Loves Me
See all 24 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

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Anyone who doubts the influence and enduring appeal of cast recordings should take note of She Loves Me, an intimate, romantic, and totally charming show by the team of Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof) that had a short Broadway run in 1963. The show was kept alive by a legendary and unprecedented two-LP original cast album that spurred numerous regional productions and, 30 years after the original run, this Broadway revival at the Roundabout Theatre. The sweet story (based on the same Hungarian play that inspired the films The Shop Around the Corner, In the Good Old Summertime and You've Got Mail) focuses on two perfume shop coworkers (played by Boyd Gaines, who won a Tony for the role, and Diane Fratantoni) who can't stand each other, unaware they are romantic pen pals. Heading the supporting cast is the always wonderful Sally Mayes, who received a Tony nomination for the role of Ilona, even if she can't match the ditzy defenselessness of Barbara Baxley in the 1963 cast. In fact, it's almost an impossible task for any cast to match the original, but give this revival credit for giving She Loves Me new life where it belongs--on the stage. --David Horiuchi

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vanilla Ice Cream! October 19, 2000
Format:Audio CD
She Loves Me is a treasure to anyone's CD collection. This is by far the best version of the musical. She Loves Me is based on 'Parfumerie', 'The Shop Around the Corner', and 'In The Good Old Summertime'. The show has music and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock who also composed Fiddler on the Roof! The song Vanilla Ice Cream alone is reason enough to buy this CD. Diane Fratantoni is a standout as Amalia, and Vanilla Ice Cream may just be the best song ever! She Loves Me combines Broadway with a lot of technical almost opera-like singing. It's a nice story as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jonathan Freeman shines in "She Loves Me" April 8, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This truly is a remarkable recording, and I personally favor this one over the original cast. All the performers are amazing, and the music is -of course- brilliant, so it makes for quite an enjoyable night's listening. Interestingly enough, I read someone else's review and they mentioned that Brad Kane (who plays Arpad on this CD) was the singing voice of Aladdin in all three "Aladdin" movies. Many people would be surprised to know that Jonathan Freeman (who appears as the pompously lovable Headwaiter in SLM) was the speaking AND singing voice for Jafar in the "Aladdin" film. (He's also featured on that film's soundtrack.) The number he performs here is called "A Romantic Atmosphere" and even though you can't see him perform it, the vocals are enough alone to make you understand the comedy. Freeman is a master at this.
Mr. Freeman is my favorite Bway performer, and I had a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get a letter his way when he was doing an off-Broadway show in NYC. I got his response a few days ago, and he sent back a nice note and some great autographed photos! Anyway -- GET THIS CD!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming...Romantic...a perfect recording. June 14, 2001
Format:Audio CD
What a cast! I had heard of SHE LOVES ME, but never had seen it, and loved this revival - I ended up seeing it six times! The cast is enchanting, with excellent voices throughout. This is one of the rare musicals where ALL the songs are gems - no need to skip tracks here - and the voices and personalities perfectly match the roles. Sally Mayes (Ilona) has never sounded better; Howard McGillin is a delight as Kodaly, and Johnathan Freeman a terrific Headwaiter. Boyd Gaines is a charming, boyish, delicious Georg, and if Diane Fratantoni can't quite make you forget about Barbara Cook, well, who can? This is a must for any theater fan, or any connoiseur of outstanding singing. If only this show was still running!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A complicated but delightful score May 6, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
When I found out my high school was going to do "She Loves Me," I bought the CD and was a little disappointed at first, but my mind changed when I finally realized that the music it is so BEAUTIFUL! My dissatisfaction soon turned into love, and it has songs that are both funny and moving. Unlike many shows, every song is there to either advance plot or develop character. Also, I think that Diane Fratatoni (or however you spell it) has the most beautiful voice in the world. I doubt anyone else could ever move me to tears with a song about ice cream.
I especially love "Perspective," "I Don't Know His Name," "Try Me" and "Vanilla Ice Cream." I strongly recommend this CD, for I think you will have a hard time putting it back on your shelf.
P.S.: I was cast as Georg, and my fraternal twin brother played Sipos. I will never forget doing this wonderful show!!!!!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sweet Joy January 11, 2001
By efrex
Format:Audio CD
I've often referred to She Loves Me as being a "bon bon" score: a sweet little nothing, packed with far more flavor than could be imagined by looking at it. The Harnick/Bock score has more great songs in 20 minutes than some of the "modern" composers have written in their entire body of work!
The original cast, with the legendary Barbara Cook, is considered by most to be the definitive recording, but this revivial cast is delightful. Boyd Gaines is superb as the somewhat nebbishy Georg, with his voice soaring on the title song and the neurotic "Tonight at Eight;" Diane Fratantoni's Amalia is equally wonderful; and a pair of "Aladdin" alumni, Brad Kane and Jonathan Freeman make the most of their brief moments (Freeman's "Romantic Atmosphere" got him a Tony nomination for about five minutes of work, and he deserved it all the way).
No surprises in this show, just great songs from beginning to end. To name the best songs, just look at the track list. Each is a winner, performed beautifully. Varese Sarabande knows how to make a great cast recording (although they get far too few chances to do so), and this is one of their best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sondheim Can't Be Wrong March 24, 2000
By Melissa
Format:Audio CD
In a recent interview, Steven Sondheim was quoted as saying he wished we would've written "Vanilla Ice Cream" from She Loves Me. After seeing the show and hearing the music, I can tell why. The music stayed with me for days in the most delightful way, until I finally bought the recording. I find the songs very cleverly written and enjoyable. There is also a good variety of music styles. On an interesting note, the role of Arpad is played by Brad Kane, who did the singing voice of Aladdin in all three of the Disney Aladdin movies. (Aladdin, Return of Jafar and Aladdin and the King of Thieves).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Rousing Revival Recording
Thought the original recording of "She Loves Me" with Cook and Massey couldn't be beat. But along comes Gaynes, Fratantoni, and Mayes with a cast and orchestra that is right up... Read more
Published on March 11, 2012 by John H. Marvin, Madison, WI - Broadway devotee
4.0 out of 5 stars 2nd Best
I've loved this show from the first time I saw it in 2008 in a terrific production by the best theater company in Boston, the Huntington. Read more
Published on May 26, 2010 by Donald E. Fulton
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Musical
This show couldn't be any more adorable. The music is diverse: touching, compelling, sweet, and hysterically funny -- everything a light musical should be. Read more
Published on March 13, 2007 by Loves Books
5.0 out of 5 stars Intimate Recording
I first saw this production in a small community theater. That intimate feeling was something I had been hoping this album would keep. And it does! Read more
Published on March 1, 2005 by Christopher
4.0 out of 5 stars fine, but not a patch on the original cast album
This recording of the 1993 Broadway revival of SHE LOVES ME is a fine summation of the peerless Bock-Harnick score, though the original cast still remains definitive. Read more
Published on February 26, 2005 by Byron Kolln
5.0 out of 5 stars The best version of a wonderful show
I'm currently cast in a production of this show as Sipos...this is by far the best version of the show on CD. The cast can actually sing and the orchestration is a lot better. Read more
Published on February 4, 2005 by Stephen Sanders
4.0 out of 5 stars Could be just a bit better
I love this musical, I truly do. It is sweet, it is charming, it's easy to listen to. However, I think that Sally Mayes does not quite measure up to Barbara Baxley in the... Read more
Published on July 27, 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Skip the 1963 original - this revival is the real keeper!
Two words will sum up this CD perfectly: utter charm. Usually I buy a Broadway cast recording for just a few select songs. Read more
Published on December 14, 2000 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Grreat!
I am a friend of Johnathan Freeman so I may be a bit partial, but I loved this CD. The Songs were all great and I really liked the talent. Read more
Published on October 8, 2000 by Taylor M. Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAIZING!
SHE LOVES ME IS A FANTASTIC CD. ANYONE WHO ENJOYS MUSICAL WILL LOVE THIS CD. THE VOICES ARE MARVELOUS. I CAN'T STOP LISTENING TO IT! Read more
Published on April 20, 2000
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