Though titled I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, that Off- Broadway musical needn't change a thing -- it reached its 300th performance at the Westside Theatre, April 20, and will receive a production at the New Yorker Theatre in Toronto beginning previews May 29 and opening June 10.
The revue, by author/lyricist Joe DiPietro and composer Jimmy Roberts, looks at dating, marriage and parenthood through comic sketches and songs. Asked why the show has remained a strong seller Off-Broadway while other productions have fallen by the wayside, 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."
The all-Canadian Perfect/Change, opening June 10, will star Louise Pitre, Larry Mannell, Sara McMillan and Tuford Kennedy. Original director Joel Bishoff and designers Neil Peter Jampolis (sets), Mary Louise Geiger (lighting) and Candice Donnelly (costumes) will reprise their work on the show.
After productions at Long Wharf and NJ's American Stage Company, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change opened Aug. 1, 1996 at the Westside Theatre on West 43rd St.
Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts' songs, 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. On April 22, 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.
--By David Lefkowitz