As it did last year, the Off-Broadway musical revue, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, is sponsoring a series of Authors' Evenings devoted to writers on the subject of dating and marriage.
Four evenings are scheduled: March 3 (Gilda Carle, author of "Don't Bet On The Prince"); March 10 (Jeanne Martinet ("Come-Ons, Comebacks and Kiss Offs"); March 24 (Wendy & David Hubbert ("The His & Hers Guide To Surviving Your First Year Of Marriage") and March 31 (Jay Blumenfield, "The Groom's Secret Handbook").
The revue about singlehood and coupledom reached its one year anniversary Aug. 1, 1997 at Off-Broadway's Westside Theatre, and now has more than 600 performances under its belt. Still packing them in, Perfect/Change is the longest-running show ever at the Westside Theatre.
Asked why Perfect/Change has remained a strong seller while other productions have fallen by the wayside, NY production spokesperson Jim Randolph said, "It's the ultimate date musical. Couples young and old can find things to relate to in the piece, as it ranges from having a baby to old age. There's even a pick-up at a funeral. It's a show for lovers of all ages."
Joel Bishoff directs, with Neil Peter Jampolis designing the set. Bishoff has also staged the show at NJ's American Stage, NJ's Long Wharf, in Toronto, and on the West Coast. Previously, He served as associate director on the national tours of My Fair Lady and The King And I (with Stacy Keach). Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts' songs in Perfect/Change, including "Cantata For A First Date," "Tear Jerk," "A Stud And A Babe," and "I Can Live With That," are available on the show's original cast recording on Varese/Sarabande.
April 22, 1997 Di Pietro received the New Voices In American Theatre Award, given by the William Inge Theatre Festival in Independence, KS. He took the honor as an outstanding newcomer to the field.
For tickets and information on I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change at the Westside Theatre, 407 West 43rd St., call (212) 239 6200.
-- By David Lefkowitz