May 10, 2008

Why I Love She Loves Me: Brooks Ashmanskas

Brooks Ashmanskas

Georg in She Loves Me; Huntington appearances in Amphitryon and Present Laughter

I was first exposed to She Loves Me as a kid via the original cast album (I do mean “album!”), and I have adored it ever since — so many great songs. A few years after I moved to New York, Scott Ellis’ revival opened and I saw it three times. Until seeing it, I hadn't realized just how perfect the show is; a lovely mix of old-fashioned structure and modern subject matter and sensibility. And that score! As for my favorite moment, it would have to be the end. I think it’s a perfect example (if done well) of what can happen only in a live musical — all of a sudden we all find ourselves where Georg and Amalia are: in love. Them, with each other; us, with She Loves Me.

- Brooks Ashmaskas

Part three of a series, with notes by Jared Craig and Ilana M. Brownstein

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