This June, Hartshorn – Hook Productions are proud to present a revival of the American revue I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change for a strictly limited run in the new studio space Above the Arts. The production will be the first musical venture for the space that officially opened its doors in March. The show runs from 1–19 July (press night is 3 July).
Heading up the company is Julie Atherton who is currently appearing in the original London production of Shock Treatment at the King’s Head Theatre. Atherton’s previous credits include Kate Monster in the original London cast of Avenue Q, Sister Mary Robert in Sister Act the Musical (national tour) and more recently the title role in Thérèse Raquin, which transferred to the Park Theatre following a sell-out run at the Finborough.
Joining Atherton onstage for the first time since they appeared in Avenue Q together is Simon Lipkin. The actor recently appeared in the Menier Chocolate Factory’s acclaimed production of Assassins. Previous credits include Barlow in I Can’t Sing! (London Palladium), Lonny in the original London production of Rock of Ages (Garrick Theatre) and Sir Galahad in Spamalot (national tour).
Also joining the line-up is West End regular Gina Beck, who is best known for her portrayal of Glinda the Good in Wicked (Apollo Victoria). Prior to that Beck appeared as Christine Daae for two years in The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s) and as Cosette in Les Misérables (Queens Theatre).
Completing the cast is comedy actor Samuel Holmes who most recently joined the Monty Pythons onstage at the O2 in their comeback show Monty Pythons Live (Mostly). In addition to performing as an honorary Python for the sell-out run, Holmes also collected an award on their behalf at the British Comedy Awards. His previous credits include Sir Robin in Spamalot (national tour), Terrence in The Water Babies (Leicester Curve) and Ruth in the original production of Sasha Regan’s All-Male Pirates of Penzance (Union Theatre/Wilton’s Music Hall).
The production will be directed by Kirk Jameson who most recently presented a revival of Kander and Ebb’s The World Goes ’Round which earned him a nomination in the Best Director Category for the Off West End Awards. Other credits include Seussical the Musical (Arts Theatre), On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Once Upon a Mattress and Dames At Sea (Union Theatre).
For musical staging, Jameson will once again be joined by Sam Spencer-Lane, making this their third production together in as many years. Some of Spencer-Lane’s more recent choreography credits include Dessa Rose (Trafalgar Studios), They’re Playing Our Song, The Invisible Man and The Last Five Years (all at Menier Chocolate Factory).
Completing the creative team as musical director will be Scott Morgan who most recently accompanied Keith Jack on his UK tour and American drag sensation Courtney Act during her UK shows.
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is penned by award-winning writer Joe DiPietro who most recently had West End success with award-winning musical Memphis the Musical. His other credits include Nice Work If You Can Get It (Imperial Theatre, Broadway) and new musical Love Me Tender, which will tour the UK this summer. Music is supplied by Jimmy Roberts who is also known for his contributions to the musical revue A… My Name is Still Alice.
The musical follows the ups and downs of a modern day romantic relationship while attempting to answer some of life’s most infuriating questions: ‘what do women really want?’ and ‘why, when we find the partner of our dreams, do we spend the rest of our lives trying to change them?’