‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’
At the Bridewell Theatre
11th March, 2016
‘And the Lord God said, ‘Let there be light’, and there was light. And the Lord God said, ‘Let There Be Man and Woman’ and there was man and woman. And that night man asked woman if she was busy.’
Here I go again. Musicals are a genre I love to hate, or sometimes hate to love. I had to be in the mood for one and this time I was, since I had heard such praise of the Sedos who claim to be the premier amateur musical theatre group in London- a worthy accolade.
With music by Jimmy Roberts and a book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro, ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ is a series of scenes on everything you have ever secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws, but were afraid to admit. Effectively, the musical is a celebration of the mating rituals, of truths and myths in building relationships. The cast have worked creatively to update the script. Admittedly, the material offers nothing particularly original; it largely relies on stereotypes to drive home the point, but it’s good-natured and relatable, genuinely funny in parts and, unexpectedly, touching in others.