What happens when two anonymous, adoring pen pals hate each other at work? You have a story that inspired one of the nineties most enduring romantic comedies, “You’ve Got Mail.”
“She Loves Me,” the play that started it all comes to the Manchester Arts Center beginning June 22. This classic follows two clerks who are constantly fighting on the job, not knowing they’ve fallen in love as anonymous pen pals. From the composers of Fiddler on the Roof, this musical was recent smash-hit revival on Broadway and is considered by many to be the most charming musical ever written.
“This is a romantic comedy with some dramatic pieces,” said Director Rachel Spangler.
The Millennium Reparatory Production stars Samantha Terrell-Watters and Landon Spangler who lead a talented cast of singers and actors, including Jonathon Duke, Ian Disch, Joel Longstreth, Zachary Smith, and Amanda Nellie Jane Wright as the store staff. Ensemble members include Laurie Burger, Sarah Duke, Bradley Gerard, Trevor Hawk, Vanessa Jarman, Amanda McCain, Becky Spangler, and Sherrie Terrell.
“We’ve got lots of veteran actors who have worked together for many, many of shows. That brings a chemistry that’s not always here,” Spangler said.
“We also have Samantha, who’s been in shows here before. She’s a new-ish face.”
Spangler called the cast a powerhouse collection of singers.
“It gives me goose bumps (when they sing),” she said.
Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., June 22 – July 1 at the Manchester Arts Center, 128 E. Main St. Tickets, $15 for adults and $13 for students, seniors, and military, are available at millenniumrep.org or at 931.570.4489.
She Loves Me is directed by Rachel Spangler and produced by Karen Wainright.