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Photos: I Love You Because in Previews

I Love You Because, starring Stephanie D'Abruzzo and others, will open 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.

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Photos: I Love You Because in Previews
Courtney Balan, David A. Austin, Colin Hanlon, Jordan Leeds and Stephanie D'Abruzzo

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