Off-Broadway's I Love You, You’re Perfect to Reach 4,500th Show May 20 — In Mandarin

News   Off-Broadway's I Love You, You’re Perfect to Reach 4,500th Show May 20 — In Mandarin Off-Broadway's long-running I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change will hit the 4,500 performance mark May 20 at The Westside Theatre. And, it will be in Mandarin.
Wen Yang and Lin Yilun in the Mandarin production of I Love You, You're Perfect.
Wen Yang and Lin Yilun in the Mandarin production of I Love You, You're Perfect. Photo by Broadway Asia

At the May 20 Sunday evening performance, the show will hit the new benchmark with the visiting Chinese company, who have been performing since May 9 in repertory with the New York cast.

The Chinese company perform the show entirely in Mandarin, with English supertitles projected above the stage. After their New York stint, the cast will head to Beijing to launch a multi-city tour throughout China. Featured in the cast of four is Lin Yilun — one of China's most popular singing stars and the winner of the 2006 Best Male Singer of China Award at the CCTV & MTV Music Awards — along with Yu Yi, Wen Yang and Ma Qingli.

The current New York company features Courtney Balan, Anne Bobby, Will Erat and Jim Stanek. Bryan McElroy (Thoroughly Modern Millie tour) will return to the company May 21 when Erat leaves.

* James Hammerstein Productions, Bernie Kukoff and Jonathan Pollard produce the work directed by Joel Bishoff.

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change features music by Jimmy Roberts with a book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro. The musical comedy that delves into the world of dating, love and marriage is the longest-running musical revue in New York history, having broken the record set by Smokey Joe's Cafe.

The show's creators presented their second Off-Broadway offering, The Thing About Men, in the summer of 2003 at Off-Broadway's Promenade Theatre with Marc Kudisch, Ron Bohmer, Leah Hocking, Daniel Reichard and original I Love You... star Jennifer Simard in the cast. DiPietro was also the bookwriter for the Broadway musical All Shook Up, featuring the music of Elvis Presley.

I Love You, You're Perfect has enjoyed success throughout the world, having opened in over 300 different cities including Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Toronto, Chicago, London, Tel Aviv, Mexico City, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Budapest, Sydney, Prague, Seoul, Milan, Rio de Janeiro and Johannesburg.

The current record holder for longest Off-Broadway run, The Fantasticks (with 17,162 performances), looks to maintain its position in the annals of theatre history for some time. I Love You, You're Perfect marks the first time since Fantasticks that an Off-Broadway musical has reached decade-long status.

Tickets to I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change at The Westside Theatre, 407 West 43 Street (between Ninth and Tenth Ave.) can be purchased by calling (212) 239-6200. For more information, visit www.loveperfectchange.com.