LGBTQ Take on I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change to Have Benefit Performance in Chicago

Chicago News   LGBTQ Take on I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change to Have Benefit Performance in Chicago
 
Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts' long-running Off-Broadway musical will be staged by the Chicago Theatre Workshop for one night only.
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Chicago Theatre Workshop (CTW) will present a one-night-only performance of a new version of Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts' long-running Off-Broadway musical, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. The characters in the show, which features a series of vignettes focusing on the themes of love and relationships, have been re-imagined to reflect the lives of the LGBTQ community.

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change will be presented February 9 at Center on Halsted in Chicago. Musical direction will be by Nick Sula with direction by CTW Artistic Director Tom Mullen.

The cast will be made up of Karl Hamilton, Charissa Armon, Melissa Young, Honey West, Lars Ebsworth, Noah Berman, Jessica Vann, and Britain Gebhardt with more names to be added.

“When Tom called and asked about doing an all-gay version of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (once dubbed the straightest off-Broadway hit ever), Jimmy Roberts and I readily agreed," says DiPietro. "I've always been a big fan of Tom's work, and I can't wait to see his very contemporary and, I'm sure, very hilarious take on the show.

“This is a great joy for us, I’ve directed Love/Perfect a couple times before and I’ve always felt that this could really be an exciting version to try to do," says Mullen. "It’s a great opportunity to really highlight that when it comes to love and relationships, we are all equal in our wants and wishes. We’ve also assembled an incredible cast and creative team and are so thankful to Joe and Jimmy to allow us to do this.”

With book and lyrics by DiPietro (Memphis, Nice Work if You Can Get It) and music by Roberts (The Thing About Men, The Velveteen Rabbit), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change played Off-Broadway's Westside Theatre from 1996 to 2008.

For tickets and more information on the CTW benefit performance, visit Chicagotheatreworkshop.org.

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