AUBURN -The hilarious hit musical revue “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” is coming to the Lewiston-Auburn Community Little Theatre stage next week.

This musical revue’s cast of four actors celebrates the modern-day suburban mating game in a fun-filled and witty production that has been labeled “Seinfeld set to music.”

“This deals with every possible aspect of couple relationships – dating, marriage, kids, divorce and elderly love. It shows us everything that’s important and does it through comedy,” said Ellen Peters, who is making her CLT directorial debut with this show.

The four members of the cast portray about four dozen characters through the course of the show. They are Michael Litchfield, Alice Ruvane, Duane Glover and Cheryl Reynolds.

Peters said this is the first CLT appearance for Ruvane, who has performed at regional theaters. The others have been in numerous CLT productions.

Peters noted that the musicians are on stage throughout the show. They are musical director Paul G. Caron on keyboards and Hilary Ginsburg on violin.

This production of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” relies heavily on acting and costumes, Peters said. Because the four actors play as many as 15 characters each, there is a whirlwind of activity behind scenes. Each performer has his/her own dresser and there are many quick costume changes.

The theme of questions about relationships is important and prompted the production team to come up with the concept of a puzzle when discussing options for the set. That’s the imagery that is presented on-stage, Peters explained.

The show’s score includes “Always a Bridesmaid,” “He Called Me,” “Cantata for a First Date,” and “Why? ‘Cause I’m a Guy.” The book and lyrics are by Joe DiPietro and the music is by Jimmy Roberts. Dipietro also wrote the book for “All Shook Up,” the recent Broadway musical utilizing Elvis Presley hits.

Peters said there are songs in most of the scenes, although some are dramatic or comedic vignettes.

A scene called “A Stud and a Babe” involves two “very nerdy people who have no clue what to do on a date,” she said. Another scene and song is called “And Now the Parents,” and the dinner has a surprise ending.

“Marriage Tango” is a very funny courting dance built on the idea of inevitable interruptions for a couple who have 8- and 10-year-old children.

Peters said another favorite scene is a lovely ballad by a couple who have been married for 30 years titled “Shouldn’t I Be Less In Love with You?”

The director also noted that the subject of love for senior citizens is dealt with at a funeral where two widowed people meet.

Several months ago, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” completed 5,003 performances and 20 previews, making it the second longest-running musical in off-Broadway history after “The Fantasticks.”

Productions of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” have been performed in more than 500 cities worldwide. The show has received eight international Best Musical awards; it has been translated into 12 languages; and it has grossed more than $200 million.


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