The off-Broadway sensation "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" is exactly the kind of musical the Cosmopolitan Cabaret was designed for a small-cast romantic comedy with confirmed, broad-based appeal.
The thematically linked vignettes about romance and marriage were written by Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts, and the New York production ran from 1996 to 2008. Staged in cities including London, Tel Aviv, Barcelona, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Wiesbaden and Heidelberg and translated into Hebrew, Spanish, Dutch, Czech, Catalan, Finnish, Mandarin and Norwegian, the musical apparently speaks to people around the world.
The new Cosmopolitan Cabaret production is directed by Glenn Casale with actors Michael Dotson, Jerry Lee, Jennifer Malenke and Melissa WolfKlain playing more than a dozen characters. The musical director and pianist is Graham Sobelman.
"I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" opens at 8 p.m. today and runs through Nov. 18. Performances are 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Single tickets are $20-$43.
The Cosmopolitan Cabaret is at 1000 K St. Tickets are available at the Wells Fargo Pavilion box office, 1419 H St., or through Tickets.com (800-225-2277). Tickets also are available two hours before every performance at the Cosmopolitan Cabaret box office. Information: (916) 557-1999, www.californiamusical theatre.com.
B Street and 'The K of D'
Though B Street producing artistic director Buck Busfield announced "Maple and Vine" as the third show in B Street's 2012-13 season, he has changed his mind. The company will instead put up Laura Schellhardt's "The K of D."
" 'The Kiss of Death' is a combination mystery, urban legend and performance tour de force," director Jerry Montoya said. "We have two actors playing multiple roles, no costume changes. It's very cinematic but theatrical at the same time. It'll be a very different show than B Street audiences are used to seeing visually."
Tara Sissom and Jason Kuykendall star in the two-person show opening at 7 p.m. Sunday. Previews are at 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Performances at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 11.
B Street Theatre Mainstage, 2711 B St., Sacramento. Tickets are $23-$35, $5 student rush, $15 for previews. Information: (916) 443-5300, www.bstreettheatre.org.
Po'Boyz, the Cajun joint up in Folsom, sponsors a blues festival Sunday at the Sacramento Horsemen's Association headquarters with a bill featuring veteran showman Chick Willis and Sacramento home dude Jimmy Z.
Willis was named the Living Blues Awards' best live performer in 2006 and has been elected to the Blues Hall of Fame. Harmonica and saxophone wiz Jimmy Z has toured with the likes of Rod Stewart, the Eurythmics, the Jaguares and the late, great Etta James, beside fronting his own band, ZTribe. Zac Harmon, Gregg Wright and Junior Morrow also are scheduled to perform. From 2 to 7 p.m. at the Sacramento Horsemen's Association, 3200 Longview Drive, Sacramento. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket. Tickets are $22. Information: (916) 987-2886, www.poboyzbarandgrill.com.