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Photo Coverage: Opening Night at I Love You Because

I Love You Because, starring Stephanie D'Abruzzo and others, opened on February 14th at off-Broadway's Village Theatre (158 Bleecker Street); the show began previews on January 19th.

The musical is a modern adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Daniel Kutner directs the show, while Christopher Gattelli (Altar Boyz, tick, tick...BOOM!, Bat Boy) choreographed. Joining Tony Award-nominee D'Abruzzo are Farah Alvin, Colin Hanlon, David A. Austin, Courtney Balan, and Jordan Leeds. Alvin plays the character corresponding to Pride and Prejudice heroine Lizzy Bennet, while D'Abruzzo (Avenue Q) plays her best friend Diana Bingley.

"Set in New York City, I Love You Because follows Austin Bennet (Hanlon), a young greeting card writer whose life is turned upside down when he finds his long-term girlfriend in bed with another man. Forced back out into the treacherous New York dating scene, Austin meets Marcy Fitzwilliams (Alvin), a flighty photographer whose spontaneity is matched only by her ability to drive him insane. This new musical comedy explores the 'rules' and nuances of dating and learning how to love someone, not in spite of their differences, but because of them," according to press notes for the musical, which features book and lyrics by Ryan Cunningham and music by Joshua Salzman.

For more information on I Love You Because, visit www.iloveyoubecausethemusical.com.

Photo Coverage: Opening Night at I Love You Because
I Love You Because, off-Broadway's newest romantic musical comedy 

Photo Coverage: Opening Night at I Love You Because
Colin Hanlon and David A. Austin

Photo Coverage: Opening Night at I Love You Because
Farah Alvin

Photo Coverage: Opening Night at I Love You Because
Jamison Stern and David A. Austin

Photo Coverage: Opening Night at I Love You Because
Ann Harada and Stephanie D'Abruzzo

Photo Coverage: Opening Night at I Love You Because
Stephanie D'Abruzzo and Christopher Gattelli

Photo Coverage: Opening Night at I Love You Because
Scott Newsome and Hugh Hysell

Photo Coverage: Opening Night at I Love You Because
Christopher Gattelli and Stephen Bienskie

Photo Coverage: Opening Night at I Love You Because
Christopher Gattelli and Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Photo Coverage: Opening Night at I Love You Because
Ann Harada and Peter Litman

Photo Coverage: Opening Night at I Love You Because
Kathy Evans and Jamie DeRoy

Photo Coverage: Opening Night at I Love You Because
Jamie DeRoy

Photo Coverage: Opening Night at I Love You Because
David A. Austin and Joshua Salzman

Photo Coverage: Opening Night at I Love You Because
BroadwayWorld photographer Ben Strothmann and Scott Newsome

Photo Coverage: Opening Night at I Love You Because
Courtney Balan and Jason Dula

Photo Coverage: Opening Night at I Love You Because
Milli Hiibel (costume designer) and Chasity Neutze (wardrobe supervisor)

Photo Coverage: Opening Night at I Love You Because
Farah Alvin and Stephanie D'Abruzzo

Photo Coverage: Opening Night at I Love You Because
David A. Austin and Stephanie D'Abruzzo

Photo Coverage: Opening Night at I Love You Because
(From clockwise) Jordan Leeds, Farah Alvin, Colin Hanlon, Courtney Balan, David A. Austin and Stephanie D'Abruzzo,

Photo Coverage: Opening Night at I Love You Because
Ryan Cunningham with producers Jennifer Maloney and Fred M. Caruso




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Ben Strothmann Ben Strothmann has been a portrait and theatrical photographer since 1995. Since building his first darkroom in his hometown of Milwaukee WI, his portrait studio now looks out over Manhattan where he shoots headshots and production photos. Born to a famous cheesecake lady (Suzy Strothmann of Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes), Ben is also an actor and pianist. Currently he lives in Astoria and studies guitar and Icelandic. Ben is also a volunteer for The Heart Gallery (heartgallerynyc.org) and helps NYC foster children find permanent, loving families. Ben is proud to be a part of the world famous singing waitstaff at Ellen's Stardust Diner. See www.benstrothmann.com for more info.