THE second longest running off-Broadway musical, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, which has been pleasing audiences worldwide for many years, is coming to Helsinki. Boasting the tagline of ‘Everything you have ever secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws, but were afraid to admit’, it explores themes that we are all familiar with.

“At first glance it’s just a satire about male-female relationships but, at its very core, it is about people trying to connect,” director Nihan Tanışer comments. “I think this is the reason the audience can relate to it so easily.”

The musical is mostly made up of independent scenes, which are strung together by the overriding issues dealing with romance in modern society. From dating, through marriage, to love in older age, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change will take you on a comic and dramatic journey in order to give you a memorable evening of light hearted and musical entertainment. With the demands of musical theatre being heavier and more varied than the production of a straight play, Tanışer admits that the rehearsals have not been without their challenges. “As most of the script is delivered through song, the casting requirements are very demanding, and the process of cracking a scene is a more elaborate one from the actors’ perspective as they have so much more to tackle. Music, lyrics, harmonies, rhythm, their interaction with the musicians, then of course the character, emotions, and expressions – I’m surprised that none of them have exploded yet!”

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
Performances in English
12, 14, 15, 21 & 22 April
Kulttuuriareena Gloria

Amateur dramatics, Thespians Anonymous Theatrical Society, present this singing spectacle as one of their biggest and ambitious productions to date. Originally written for four actors playing multiple parts, the theatrical troupe has enlisted a larger cast to play the series of vignettes connecting the overall arcing themes. With the complete package of director, musical director, and live music, Helsinki can really anticipate the full musical theatre experience.

Beth Morton