Zachary Levi Replaces Josh Radnor in Broadway’s ‘She Loves Me’ Revival

Photo: Eric Blackmon

The Chuck and Tangled star has taken over the lead role of Georg opposite the Amalia of Tony winner Laura Benanti (Gypsy) in a revival of the 1963 romantic musical about shop clerks in love. The show, scheduled for a limited run in the spring, also stars René Auberjonois, Gavin Creel, Michael McGrath and Jane Krakowski; Scott Ellis is directing, with choreography by Warren Carlyle and musical direction by Paul Gemignani.

The Roundabout earlier announced Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother, Liberal Arts) as Georg. In April, Radnor was cast in Ridley Scott’s PBS Civil War series Mercy Street, currently filming for 2016. The Roundabout cited scheduling conflicts as the reason for the switch. The revival is slated to begin performances February 5, 2016 at the Roundabout’s Studio 54 (one of the nonprofit company’s two Broadway venues, along with the American Airlines Theatre). Opening night is March 3 and the limited run is currently slated to close on May 22.

The show’s creative team includes David Rockwell (sets), Jeff Mahshie (costumes), Don Holder (lights), Jon Weston (sound), Larry Hochman (orchestrations) and David Krane (dance arrangements and incidental music).

Originally staged by Harold Prince, She Loves Me is based on Miklos Laszlo’s play, first adapted for The Shop Around The Corner, the 1940 Ernst Lubitsch film starring James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan and later updated as Nora Ephron’s 1998 film You’ve Got Mail starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. The show has a book by Joe Masteroff (Cabaret) and score by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock (Fiddler On The Roof, also being revived this season).

Levi made his Broadway debut two years ago opposite Krysta Rodriguez in First Date (the winning performances received stronger notices than the show) and will soon be seen on NBC’s series Heroes: Reborn.

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