With music and lyrics from Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock (Fiddler on the Roof), She Loves Me revolves around a little shop in Budapest and two of its employees. Despite being consistently at odds with each other at work, through lonely hearts ads they unknowingly become each other’s anonymous pen pals and a world of witty romance evolves.
The stand-out performance here comes from Joshua LeClair, whose Arpad is effervescent, energised, and totally convincing throughout. Everything LeClair does is finely judged, impeccably thought-through, full of heart and shimmering with talent. Each time he appears in a scene, he lifts proceedings. His voice is true and sweet and his acting honest and perfectly suited to the intimacy of the surroundings. His relationship with Ian Dring’s Mr Maraczek is beautifully portrayed and he kicks Act Two off to a great start with an excellent rendition of Try Me. Without ever doing anything to pull focus or grandstand, LeClair refashions Arpad into one of the cornerstones of the success of this revival. It’s a winning, triumphant performance in every way – and LeClair is surely a talent to keep a lookout for.
~Stephen Collins, British Theatre.com
Equally impressive is Arpad, played by Joshua LeClair, who’s rendition of Try Me is both engaging and endearing.
~Richard Brownlie-Marshall, Huffington Post
An enthusiastic Joshua LeClair brings some much needed energy to second act…
~Paul Vale, The Stage
Arpad Laszlo (Joshua LeClair) is a relentlessly perky delivery boy.
~Carole Gordon, What’s OnStage
Joshua LeClair was adorable as Arpad Laszalo, so sweet that I wanted to put him in my pocket and take him home.
~West End Wilma, West End Wilma.com
Other stand out performances come from… Joshua LeClair as loveable Arpad
~Andrew Tomlins, West End Frame
There is nice work from Joshua LeClair as the office boy, with all the charm and engaging smiles of a young Tommy Steele.
~William Russell, Reviews Gate
Joshua LeClair as perky, peppy delivery boy Arpad is a smiling delight
~Karl O’Doherty, The Public Reviews
Joshua LeClair wins a lot of laughs as the loveable Arpad
~Greg Jameson, Entertainment Focus
Joshua LeClair’s Arpad, the delivery boy desperate for a job in the store itself, sheds the years brilliantly to play the keen teenager.
~Jonathan Baz, Jonathan Baz Reviews