The Glenn Korff School of Music’s opera program presents the romantic comedy “She Loves Me.” March 4-6 in Kimball Recital Hall.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. March 4 and 3 p.m. March 6. Tickets are $20 adults and $10 seniors/students, available in advance from the Lied Center for Performing Arts’ box office, by calling 402-472-4747, or at the door.
“Audiences should expect an enchanting balance of comedy and romance,” said Alisa Belflower, coordinator of musical theatre studies. “It is a fast-paced musical score filled with beautiful love songs and dazzling comedic numbers.”
The production, which features a cast of 20 award-winning students, is directed by Belflower and conducted by Tyler White, professor and director of orchestras.
“She Loves Me” travels back to the 1930s to meet the savvy clerks working for Mr. Maraczek (played by William Shomos, Larson Professor of Voice and director of opera) in his elegant parfumerie. The newly hired Amalia and the aspiring head clerk Georg take a competitive aversion to each other.
But where’s there is friction, there’s fire. Perfume, love letters between lonely hearts, a library, a romantic restaurant, and more — tell the story of love lost and love found in the most unexpected places.
“I love that ‘She Loves Me’ features an ensemble cast of ordinary characters with which everyone can relate,” Belflower said. “The show is a musical valentine celebrating the extraordinary ordinary. If you love romantic comedy films, you will love this production.”
The musical is the third adaptation of the 1937 play “Parfumerie” by Miklos Laszlo, following the 1940 film “The Shop Around the Corner” with James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan and the 1949 musical version “In the Good Old Summertime” with Judy Garland and Van Johnson. It’s also the basis for the 1998 film “You’ve Got Mail” starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.