4th March 2021
Lambert Jackson Productions have been on the theatre companies leading the way in online theatre in recent months, with previous productions including The Last Five Years, First Date and [Title of Show]. Their latest production of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is great fun and exactly the tonic everyone needs in this very long January.
The musical is more of a revue than a continuous story but it depicts various scenarios that one might find themselves in when dating in a hilarious whilst heartfelt manner.
Joe DiPietro wrote the musical’s book and lyrics with Jimmy Roberts writing the music. The show is packed full of brilliantly full musical numbers alongside some beautiful heartfelt ballads. There are many laugh out loud moments throughout and the situations depicted are very relatable. There are even a few added nods to the current circumstances which work well!
Kirk Jameson, with Julie Atherton as associate director, directs the production perfectly for the screen, with it still feeling like a stage musical rather than a film. The staging is brilliantly done and it never feels awkward despite social distancing being kept up throughout the production. Nick Barstow musical directs the piece and he does a fantastic job. Despite a tiny band of just himself on piano and a guitarist, the sound never feels empty and the harmonies throughout are incredibly tight. Rory Beaton’s lighting design is phenomenal! I have never seen an online theatre production lit so well and I am sure we will be seeing much more of his work very soon.
The cast for I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is brilliant and packed full of West End talent. Brenda Edwards (Loose Women, The X Factor, We Will Rock You, Hairspray) has a wonderfully soulful voice and Alice Fearn (Come From Away, Wicked) gets the opportunity to show off her brilliantly powerful as well as her gorgeous legit range. Oliver Tompsett (& Juliet, Kinky Boots) is brilliant and his vocals are a joy to listen. Simon Lipkin (Nativity Rocks, First Date) is outstanding and you would not believe he had only had 4 hours to learn the show after being called in as an emergency replacement.
The entire cast do a fantastic cast of differentiating the many many characters each of them plays. They all have brilliant chemistry together and have brilliant comic timing. Their facial expressions are particularly great. This is something you wouldn’t normally get in full detail when watching live in a theatre.
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is great fun! It’s the perfect show for anyone looking to cheer themselves up in this strange time we’re in.
The show runs as live until Saturday 30th January. Get your tickets now from the London Coliseum’s website or by clicking here.
Featured Image Credit: Sophie Ross