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I Love You Because Opens Off-Bway Feb. 14

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 The romantic musical comedy I Love You Because will open at off-Broadway's Village Theatre on February 14th. The show, which has been in previews since January 19th, features book and lyrics by Ryan Cunningham, music by Joshua Salzman, choreography by Christopher Gattelli (Altar Boyz, tick, tick...BOOM!) and direction by Daniel Kutner. The production also stars Farah Alvin, David A. Austin, Tony Award-nominee Stephanie D'Abruzzo (Avenue Q), and features Courtney Balan and Jordan Leeds.
 
"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 Catherine 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. The musical also stars D'Abruzzo as Marcy's best friend Diana Bingley and Austin as Austin's brother, Jeff Bennet. Balan and Leeds round out the ensemble.
 
A gender-reversed modern day musical retelling of Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice, I Love You Because features orchestrations by Larry Hochman and songs such as "Another Saturday Night in New York," "Maybe We Just Made Love," "But I Don't Want to Talk About Her," and the title song. Jana Zielonka serves as musical director.
 
The musical features scenic design by Beowulf Boritt and Jo Winiarski, costume design by Millie Hiibel, lighting design by Jeff Croiter and sound design by Tony Smolenski and Walter Trarbach. It is produced by Jennifer Maloney, Fred M. Caruso, Robert Cuillo and GFour Productions.

Special late-night pricing on Saturday night performances of I Love You Because will be available to audiences through April 1st. On Saturdays at 10 PM, all seats will be only $25 each.
 
The Village Theatre is located in the NYC's West Village (158 Bleecker Street), between Thompson and Sullivan Streets. Tickets for I Love You Because are $20-$65; they are available by calling Ticketmaster.com at 212-307-4100, or in-person at the Village Theatre box office.

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