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

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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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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
  21. A Trip To The Library
  22. Grand Knowing You
  23. Twelve Days To Christmas
  24. Finale


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 (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,982 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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 there alongside the original and the 1994 London cast recordings. A joyous Bock/Harnick musical perfectly performed and produced. A must have for musical theatre lovers. "She Loves Me," and I LOVE IT!
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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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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. The 2008 Boston Globe's rave review started, this is "a show you probably haven't seen". She Loves Me is the stealth musical.

Two years later and She Loves Me was back in the Boston area, this time an excellent amateur production, and I decided it was time to buy the CD. Unable to decide I bought both the original cast album starring Barbara Cook and the 1993 Broadway revival cast album.

This show requires eight good singers (7 in the shop and the waiter) all of whom have at least one solo, and amazingly both CDs have only seven good singers. Whoever plays Mr. Maraczek on the 1993 revival CD can't sing at all. He is a disaster, so one of best songs of the show (Days Gone By) is lost. In the original cast album the weak singer is Ilona. She has a squeaky mickey mouse voice, but since she has good comic inflections and timing she gets by.

The sound editor of the 1993 revival did some strange things. At the end of 'No More Candy' a male voice barks "I'll take it". Not only is this jarring, but it makes no sense as it is apparent from the lyrics that Amalia is pitching the musical candy box ("it's a little like the voice of God...") to a female customer. In the 1963 original 'No More Candy' is nicely set up by a (female) voice asking "How functional?", while the 1993 version has no setup. And 1993 has a mind boggling editing error in probably the most famous song in the show. 'Vanilla Ice Cream' is split between two tracks; its beginning tacked onto the end of 'Where's My Shoe'! Did the CD editor ever see the show?

Both CDs sound good when played on my car's auto system.
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