Gulfshore Playhouse presents She Loves Me

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Kristen Coury, CEO and producing artistic director, has announced the talented cast of She Loves Me. Considered by many to be the most charming musical ever written, She Loves Me is a warm romantic comedy with an endearing innocence that has inspired many adaptations, including the beloved film You’ve Got Mail.
Featuring lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Bock (Fiddler on the Roof), the She Loves Me score features classic songs including “Vanilla Ice Cream,” made famous by Barbara Cook in the original 1963 Broadway production.
She Loves Me plays now through April 21 at The Norris Center in Naples.
Meet Amalia and Georg, two perfumery clerks who aren’t quite the best of friends. Constantly bumping heads while on the job, the sparring coworkers can’t seem to find common ground. But little do they know the anonymous pen pals they have both been falling for happen to be each other! Will love continue to blossom once their identities are revealed?
Directed by Kristen Coury, She Loves Me will be the perfect love letter to bid adieu to nearly two decades of performances at The Norris Center before moving into the Baker Theatre and Education Center in the fall of 2024.

Ben Fankhauser as Georg Nowak and David Studwell as Mr. Maraczek in the Gulfshore Playhouse production of She Loves Me. Photo by Matthew Schipper.


Leading the cast as the anonymous pen pals are Lee Harrington as Amalia Balash and Ben Fankhauser as Georg Nowack. Fanhauser is best known for playing Davey in the original Broadway cast of Disney’s Newsies and Harrington most recently starred in Mary Poppins at The Argyle.
The brash and egotistical shop salesman, Steven Kodaly, will be played by Daniel A. Lopez, who looks forward to returning to Gulfshore Playhouse after appearing last season in Camelot as Lancelot. Kodaly’s secret paramour, Ilona Ritter, will be played by Kate Marilley, coming straight from her role as Delia in Broadway’s first national tour of Beetlejuice. Other of Kate’s Broadway credits include Flying Over Sunset, The Prom, My Fair Lady and Broadway’s first national tour of Billy Elliott.
The gruff owner of the perfumery, Mr. Maraczek, will be performed by David Studwell (The Band’s Visit, First North American Tour and Applause!, NY City Center’s Encores). David Baida, (Broadway’s Tony-nominated On Your Feet) has been cast as the sympathetic co-worker Ladislav Sipos. Jack Mastrianni (A Christmas Story, original Broadway cast) will appear as the eager assistant Arpad Laszlo. Also cast are Hana Culbreath, Olivia Gjurich, Kevin Patrick Martin, Adriana Milbrath and Ben Sears.
Tickets are on sale. Tickets can be ordered online at gulfshoreplayhouse.org or by phone 239-261-PLAY.

Daniel Lopez as Steven Kodaly, Jack Mastrianni as Arpad Laszlo, Ben Fankhauser as Georg Nowak, David Baida as Ladislav Sipos, and Kate Marilley as Ilona Ritter in the Gulfshore Playhouse production of She Loves Me. Photo by Matthew Schipper.
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