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First Act: I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

WILMINGTON -- We’ve all felt the butterflies on a first date, the excitement of a first kiss and unfortunately the pain of that first break-up.

It’s the rocky road to finding love, but a new musical opening in Wilmington will help remind you those bumps are fun!

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is one of the longest-running off-Broadway musicals in history. This week it opens on the main stage of Thalian Hall, taking the audience on a whirlwind tour of single and married life.

"You will look up here and see yourself when you dated or when your sister went on that blind date with that geek in the 10th grade," says director Ray Kennedy. "You will see all the realism of the dating game."

And while the dating game can be harsh in real life, the show proves there’s always something to laugh about.

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change may not have all the glitz and glamour of a big Broadway musical, but it does something some shows can’t. It entertains with a minimal set and a cast of only four.

But you’d think it's a cast of 24. Each actor plays a host of different characters.

"You could be a tired, worn out housewife, stay at home mom one second," said actress Cindy Colucci, "and in the next scene you’re the kid. You get to put your fingers in a lot of different pies."

And playing a dozen characters means a dozen costumes and not a lot of time to dress.

"I’m scared to death of quick changes," said actor Jason Hatfield. "It’s going to terrify me every single night."

So it may be a frenzy backstage, but under the lights the cast is focused, as they take the audience on a journey, as Kennedy said, "from blind dates through wedding days through marriage through kids through learning to date again when your spouse has passed away."

It was all done with a joke, and in true Broadway fashion, a burst of song.

Reported by Heather Setzler

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