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Photo Flash: The Cast of I LOVE YOU BECAUSE

Jennifer Maloney, Fred M. Caruso, Robert Cuillo and G Four Productions proudly present the world premiere of I LOVE YOU BECAUSE, a modern day musical love story, featuring book & lyrics by Ryan Cunningham, music by Joshua Salzman, choreography by Christopher Gattelli and direction by Daniel Kutner. I LOVE YOU BECAUSE stars Farah Alvin, David A. Austin, Tony Award nominee Stephanie D'Abruzzo (Avenue Q) and Colin Hanlon. Performances begin Off-Broadway at the Village Theatre (158 Bleecker Street, NYC) on Thursday, January 19, 2006. Opening Night is set for Tuesday, February 14 at 7 p.m.

Set in New York City, I LOVE YOU BECAUSE follows Austin Bennet (Colin 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 (Farah 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. I LOVE YOU BECAUSE also stars Stephanie D'Abruzzo as Marcy's best friend Diana Bingley and David A. Austin as Austin's brother, Jeff Bennet. Courtney Balan and Jordan Leeds round out the ensemble.

A modern day musical re-telling of Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice with genders reversed, I LOVE YOU BECAUSE features songs such as "Another Saturday Night in New York," "The Actuary Song," "Maybe We Just Made Love," "We're Just Friends," and the titular track, "I Love You Because."

I LOVE YOU BECAUSE 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.

I LOVE YOU BECAUSE was originally developed at NYU's Musical Theatre Writing program. It received its first staged reading in July 2005 at The East 13th Street Theatre. It was also one of eight official selections at the 17th Annual Festival of New Musicals industry reading event, presented by the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, September 2005 at Dodger Stages.

Tickets for I LOVE YOU BECAUSE are $20-$65 and now are available by calling Ticketmaster.com at 212-307-4100, or in-person at the Village Theatre box office.

I LOVE YOU BECAUSE plays Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

For more information, visit, www.ILoveYouBecauseTheMusical.com.

Farah Alvin, Colin Hanlon, David A. Austin and Stephanie D'Abruzzo


Farah Alvin and Colin Hanlon


Stephanie D'Abruzzo and David A. Austin

 

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