Thursday, February 9, 2017

Spotlight: She Loves Me

 One of my personal "Top 5" movies ever:
The Shop Around The Corner, done in 1940,
based on Parfumerie, a play by Miklos Laszlo.
James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan starred,
Frank Morgan played the shop's owner,
Mr. Matuschek,
and it was set in Budapest...circa 1935.

Jimmy played Alfred Kralik to Margaret's Klara Novak.
Below, more of Matuschek's staff:
William Tracey, James, Joseph Schildkraut,
and Sara Haden.
Missing: Inez Courtney (who played Ilona)

 The musical version hit Broadway in 1963,
thanks to Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick.
Below, Barbara Cook as the heroine (newly christened as Amalia Balash)
and Daniel Massey, now George (not Alfred) Nowak!
 The shop is now Maraczek's!
Try to keep up.

Jack Cassidy got himself a Tony Award
for playing Steven Kodaly...
perfect casting!
His was the only win for this production.

Revivals abounded, with productions done
in the West End, Broadway, and "in concert":
there was even a movie version considered 
with Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews
(Maurice Chevalier as Mr. Maraczek?),
but it never happened.
Above and below, the most recent (2016) Broadway edition,
with Zachary Levi, Laura Benanti, Gavin Creel,
and Nicholas Barasch.
Below, Laura and Zachary...before "Ice Cream!"

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