Before penning the book and lyrics for the 2009 musical “Memphis” and the book for 2012’s “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” lyricist and playwright Joe DiPietro cut his teeth on the musical revue “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” The show, which opened in an off-Broadway theater to tepid reviews in 1996, ran for more than 5,000 performances before closing in 2008. It remains the second-longest-running off-Broadway musical in history.
The Kavinoky Theatre (320 Porter Ave.) opens its own production of the crowd-pleasing show at 8 p.m. Friday. The piece, set to music by Jimmy Roberts, is a series of vignettes that begins as an exploration of the dating scene in Manhattan and becomes a rumination on relationships in general. The theater promises a production “as funny as it is poignant.”
The Kavinoky’s production, directed by managing director Joseph Demerly, stars Kelly Meg Brennan, Charmagne Chi, John Fredo and Brian Riggs. It runs through July 7. Tickets are $35 to $39. Call 829-7668 or visit www.kavinokytheatre.com for more information.
– Colin Dabkowski