She Loves Me

Original Broadway Production (1963)

Trivia & History

In his book, Contradictions: Notes on Twenty-six Years in the Theatre, Harold Prince wrote that the role of Amalia was offered to Julie Andrews. Andrews was interested in playing it, but she was committed to filming Mary Poppins and said that she'd be very happy to do the show after filming was finished. Prince was unwilling to wait, and he cast Barbara Cook instead. Dorothy Collins was the other finalist for the role. In the fall of 1964, Collins played the role in a California production.

Some online sources incorrectly state that the production played only one Broadway preview. It played six preview performances on Broadway.

In the New York Drama Critic Circle voting for best musical of the 1962-1963 season, She Loves Me received four votes, which placed it third in the voting. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, which had opened near the end of the previous season (and after the Drama Critics Circle voting for 1961-1962), received the most votes: six. Oliver! came in second with five votes. Stop the World — I Want to Get Off received two votes, while Little Me and Tovarich each received one. No critic abstained. Nonetheless, the Circle ended up then voting not to give a best musical award.

This seems a bit puzzling since the the Drama Critics Circle rules at the time allowed a play or musical to win with a simple plurality on the first ballot. Over the years—before the rules change, which started with the voting for the 1965-1966 season, that no longer allowed a simple plurality to count for a win)—a number of plays and musicals won with a vote total that was a good deal under a majority of the votes (and sometimes just one vote ahead of the nearest competitor).

She Loves Me won four awards in the Variety Poll of New York Drama Critics for the 1962-1963 season. Barbara Cook co-won as leading actress in a musical, tying with Vivien Leigh for Tovarich. Jack Cassidy won for supporting actor in a musical. Sheldon Harnick won for best lyrics, and Jerry Bock won for best music.

The production's cast recording won the 1964 Grammy Award for "Best Score from an Original Cast Show Album." The other nominees were Jennie, 110 in the Shade, and Tovarich.

During the production's tryout and on opening night on Broadway, the actress generally known as Marion Brash, playing the First Customer (and understudying Barbara Baxley as Miss Ritter), was billed as Marion Delano. At some point after the opening, she returned to being billed as Marion Brash. Oddly, she is listed as Marion Brash on all issues of the cast recording, including the original LP release (recorded five days after the opening and in stores within a week or two after that).

During rehearsals, Nathaniel Frey replaced Sig Arno as Mr. Sipos.

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