Dec. 26, 1998, the Off-Broadway musical I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change celebrates its 1000th performance at the Westside Theatre.
Asked why the NY 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."
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.
Currently in the cast are Adam Grupper, Kevin Pariseau, Erin Leigh Peck and Cheryl Stern. Joel Bishoff directs, with Neil Peter Jampolis designing the set. Bishoff has also staged the show at NJ's American Stage, CT'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).
Apr. 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. Productions of Perfect/Change are planned for spring in Australia and London. Recent cities to host the show include L.A., Coral Gables FL, Tel Aviv, Chicago, Kansas City and Detroit.
Perfect's producers James Hammerstein, Bernie Kukoff and Jonathan Pollard are so pleased with the piece, they've commissioned another musical from creators Roberts (music), DiPietro (book and lyrics) and Bishoff (direction). The property they'll be tuning up is the German film, Men, a big art-house hit of 1986.
"It's a very modern love triangle comedy," says DiPietro, "but it's got a little of The Guardsman in it, and it has some of the same issues as I Love You, You're Perfect.
"I felt the plot itself was great, but I thought I could make it funnier. Basically, it's about a middle-class suburban couple who are cheating on each other. He's an advertising executive who comes home one day and finds his wife with her lover, and he follows them home to the lover's East Village loft. The lover is a longhaired bohemian artist who never settled down. Turns out, he needs a roomate so the husband moves in and starts trying to change him."
DiPietro has also written a non-musical, Over The River And Through The Woods, which opened Oct. 5 at the John Houseman Theatre on West 42nd Street.