It keeps going and going...
I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, the Energizer Bunny of Off Broadway musical revues, reaches its 2,000th performance with the Sunday, May 20 matinee. It's just the latest in a series of milestones for this small-scale audience-pleaser that's been running at the Westside Theatre since opening Aug. 1, 1996.
On Jan. 7, Perfect/Change became the longest-running musical in Off-Broadway history, its 1,848 performances besting former title-holder Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.
The hit revue about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives, in-laws and more has also tallied more performances than the original Broadway runs of The King and I, Guys and Dolls, Cabaret and Evita. Since 1996, the musical has grossed more than $18 million in New York and more than $40,000,000 worldwide. According to the Bill Evans & Associates press office, P/C has also inspired ten onstage marriage proposals (all accepted).
Andrea Chamberlain, Adam Hunter, Jordan Leeds and Evy O'Rourke are the current castmembers. Joe DiPietro (book and lyrics) Jimmy Roberts (composer) have had success with the show throughout the world, in more than 20 resident stagings. Joel Bishoff directs the New York staging, which one critic famously regarded as being like "Seinfeld" set to music.
For information on Perfect/Change at the Westside Theatre, 234 West 44th Street, call (212) 239-6200.
-- By David Lefkowitz