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Laughs Await You at GSP's "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change"

Lindsay Nicole Chambers and George Merrick
Doug Doyle for WBGO

George Street Playhouse's new season begins in October with an updated version of the record breaking off-Broadway musical I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change.

Two of the stars of the show, Lindsay Nicole Chambers and George Merrick, sat down this week with WBGO News Director Doug Doyle to talk about their multiple roles in the musical.

The world of dating has evolved so this newly revisited musical will tackle modern love in all its forms and will mark the first show at GSP's interim venue at 103 College Farm Road in New Brunswick, on the campus of Rutgers University's Cook College.

Merrick, who went to Tenafly High School in New Jersey and was one of the stars of Broadway's Honeymoon in Vegas says the new production I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change will hit home for theater goers.

"Dating has changed a lot in the last 20 years and so they've updated it, they've written completely new songs for it. Basically what it is, it's a humorous kind of offbeat look at the trials and tribulations of dating, falling in love and being married."

When asked if it's easier or harder to date these days as compared to when the musical first hit off-Broadway.  Lindsay Nicole Chambers says it's probably harder.  Chambers, who starred in the national tour of Kinky Boots and is recognized for her role in the recently ended on-line comedy Submissions Only, says it's definitely harder to be a kid these days.

"I've been in a relationship for ten years so I feel like thank God I don't have to date now because I wouldn't know what to do with myself."

Merrick says dating is always hard.

"I think there used to be stigmas about like dating apps, not it's just an accepted fact of life."

For Lindsay Nicole Chambers, who grew up in Columbus, Ohio, comedy has always been inside her.

"I think I've always been the sort of the class clown. I think I've been kind of doing this all my life."
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"I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" runs through November 12th at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick

Veteran actors Karen Burthwright and Mitchel Jarvis are also part of the cast of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change.

The musical is being directed by David Saint, who directed Merrick in the off-Broadway production of Clever Little Lies.

Playhouse favorite Joe DiPietro wrote the book and lyrics for this contemporary production with music by Jimmy Roberts.

Click above to hear more about the musical and the careers of Lindsay Nicole Chambers and George Merrick.

Doug Doyle has been News Director at WBGO since 1998 and has taken his department to new heights in coverage and recognition. Doug and his staff have received more than 200 awards from organizations like PRNDI, AP, New York Association of Black Journalists, Garden State Association of Black Journalists and the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists.