When Toronto director and choreographer Phil Nero began working on Stage West’s musical I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change he quickly learned the truth in the adage ‘the more things change, the more they stay the same.’

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change opened off-Broadway in August of 1996 and would run for 5,003 performances before it closed in July of 2008. It has been translated into 17 languages, making it one of the most popular American musicals to be mounted in foreign countries. I Love You was revived in London in 2015, playing to packed houses.

“This little musical is not only timeless but universal. No matter who you are, or where you live, you will be able to relate to at least something in the show, if not to almost everything,” said Nero.

“The creators, Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts, really tapped into the reality of being in a relationship.

“Their musical deals with with everything from that first awkward date where you do anything not to be there to that meal with the person you’ve been married to for 30 years wondering why you’re still so much in love,” said Nero, who choreographed Stage West’s productions of Chicago, Spamalot and Young Frankenstein.

“I Love You is literally snippets of real life on stage. The show does what great art should do. It mirrors life and it stresses just how similar we all are. We share the same pains, hopes, dreams and joys.”

I Love You is comprised of 19 scenes with titles like Men Who Talk and the Women Who Pretend They’re Listening, A Stud and a Babe, The Family that Drives Together and Shouldn’t I Be Less in Love With You that need little explanation.

In the Stage West production, four actors play the numerous characters.

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Source:: Calgary Herald

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