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Release: Nov. 24, 1999
School of Music presents musical hit 'She Loves Me'
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa School of
Music will present "She Loves Me", called "a musical play with which everyone
can fall in love" at its 1963 Broadway opening, with performances at 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, Dec. 10 and 11, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, in Space/Place
Theater of North Hall on the UI campus.
The production, featuring a cast of UI students, will
be stage-directed by John Muriello, a member of the School of Music faculty.
Musical direction of the performances will be provided by Matthew Castle,
visiting coach-accompanist for the UI Opera Theater. Set and costume designs
will be by Margaret Wenk and lighting design by Gary Holmquist.
A product of the team of Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick
that struck gold in 1964 with "The Fiddler on the Roof," "She Loves Me" ran
for more than 300 performances on Broadway.
The story -- about a young couple who quarrel constantly
at work while they fall in love through anonymous letters -- is a familiar
one. It has been used for no fewer than three high-profile movies: Ernst Lubitsch's
"The Shop Around the Corner," starring Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullivan,
in 1940; "In the Good Old Summertime," starring Judy Garland and Van Johnson
in 1949; and most recently "You've Got Mail," starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks
All were based on the same original source as the
musical, a modest comedy by Hungarian playwright Miklos Laszlo.
The show, which helped launch the Broadway career
of singer Barbara Cook, earned rave reviews at its opening. "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," John Chapman wrote in the Daily
News, and Norman Nadel wrote in the World Telegram and Sun, "'She Loves Me'
is that rare theatrical jewel, an intimate musical that affectionately enfolds
an audience instead of shouting it down."
In the musical version of the familiar story, the
setting is a European city very much like Budapest. Georg is the manager of
Maraczek's Parfumerie and Amalia is the sales clerk with whom he is constantly
squabbling. It soon becomes apparent to the audience that they are anonymous
pen pals. They agree to meet one night at the Cafe Imperiale, although neither
knows the other's identity.
Georg realizes who Amalia is when he sees her waiting
for him in the restaurant, but he doesn't let on, and the unhappy Amalia pours
out her heart in a long letter to her unknown "Dear Friend." After she calls
in sick, their relationship blossoms into love when Georg brings her ice cream.
Eventually he reveals his identity by quoting from one of Amalia's letters.
The student cast will feature Ashley Stockwell and
Joss Nichols as Amalia and Georg. Other major roles will be taken by Noemi
de la Puente, Clark Sturdevant, James Haase, Jeff Bergey and Stephen Phelan.
A singer whose work ranges from opera and operetta
to concert and musical theater, Muriello joined the UI School of Music faculty
in the fall of 1997. His most recent engagements include performances as Captain
Corcoran in "H.M.S. Pinafore" at Seaside Music Theatre. In the fall of 1998
he made his directing debut with the UI School of Music production of the
musical comedy "The Fantasticks."
Muriello has performed operatic and musical theater
roles with Opera Carolina, the Banff Centre in Canada, L'Opera Francais of
New York, Skylight Opera Theater, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Ohio Light Opera,
Seaside Music Theater and the Southeastern Savoyards of Atlanta. His roles
have ranged from Guglielmo in Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte" to Voltaire in Bernstein's
"Candide." He has performed in concert and recital throughout the Midwest
and the Southeast, singing performances of Vaughan Williams' "Five Mystical
Songs" and "Hodie," the Brahms "Requiem" and the Bach Mass in B minor.
An accomplished singer, writer and teacher, Castle
is serving as visiting coach-accompanist for the UI Opera Theater. His singing
roles in opera and musical comedy have included Henrik Egerman in "A Little
Night Music," Nemorino in "The Elixir Of Love," Edvard Grieg in "Song Of Norway,"
Archibald Craven in "The Secret Garden," Marco Palmieri in "The Gondoliers"
and Rooster in "Annie," as well as dozens of cabaret and dinner theater appearances.
As an accompanist, Castle has played in hundreds of
recitals and theatrical productions. He also has extensive experience as a
musical director, with credits in professional, university, community and
school theaters. His compositions represent many genres, ranging from chamber
music to musical theater and opera. He holds a bachelor's degree from the
University of the Pacific in Stockton, Cal., and a master's degree from Northern
Tickets for "She Loves Me" are $13; UI students and
senior citizens may purchase discounted tickets at, $10, and tickets for youth
17 and under are $7.50. Tickets are available at the Hancher Auditorium Box
Office. Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays, and
1 - 3 p.m. Saturday. From the local calling area or outside Iowa, dial (319)
335-1160. Long distance within Iowa and western Illinois is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER.
Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American
Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills,
and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction.
People with special needs for access, seating and
auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158. This number will be answered
by box office personnel prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking,
wheelchair access and seating, hearing augmentation and other services. The
line is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that
For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr
on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/.
"She Loves Me" has its own web page, at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/SOMfest1.html.