Josh Radnor returned to Broadway this season in Disgraced, and now the How I Met Your Mother star has locked down another role for next season—of a much more musical variety.
Radnor will star alongside Laura Benanti in Roundabout Theatre Company’s romantic comedy She Loves Me, the first musical Roundabout ever produced and the first musical announced for the company’s upcoming 50th anniversary season (which also includes Keira Knightley’s Broadway debut and a new production of Noises Off).
Roundabout’s associate artistic director Scott Ellis will direct the limited engagement, which will play Broadway in the spring of 2016. With music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and a book by Joe Masteroff, She Loves Me is one of theatre’s classic musical comedies, telling the story of Georg (Radnor), a shy perfume store manager who bickers with his employee Amalia (Benanti), neither one knowing that they’ve been exchanging romantic letters anonymously. The plot, based on a play by Miklos Laszlo, has served as the inspiration for You’ve Got Mail, among other film and stage projects.
The Benanti-Radnor production marks Radnor’s musical debut, but he starred as Georg in Roundabout’s one night only benefit of She Loves Me in 2011 opposite Kelli O’Hara, Victor Garber, and Jane Krakowski. “It was the most fun I’ve had on stage in years,” Radnor told EW in October. Tony Award winner Benanti, meanwhile, has carved out a strong career on television (Nashville, currently) since last appearing on Broadway in 2010’s Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.
The production’s full cast and creative team will be announced shortly.