Entertainment galore! A musical revue, a live band with songs from the 20s to 90s and a concert in the garden on the menu

STATEN ISLAND, NY – This weekend, Ghostlight Players continues its 2022 season with a musical review “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” which will run for five performances from Thursday, April 21 through Sunday, April 24 at The Hemsley Hall in the Church of St. Andrew, 4 Arthur KIll Rd. in Richmond.

With book and lyrics by Tony Award-winning New Jersey native Joe DiPietro and music by Jimmy Roberts, the production features Staten Island favorites Anna Glenn Sparks, John Griffin, James McKeon , Rina Sklar, Danielle Oliveira and Bobby Vaccaro.

Gary Bradley is the artistic director and musical direction is provided by Andrew Monteleone.

“I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” is an award-winning musical about love in the suburbs. The witty script and lyrics feature six actors on a journey through a series of vignettes that explore the trials and tribulations of single life, dating, marriage, loss and grief.

The design team includes Charles Sullivan, sets, Gary Bradley, costumes, Nick Diaz, lights and sound with Katie Scibelli as production manager. The show premiered at the American Stage Company in New Jersey in 1995 and in the middle of a performance, a woman in the audience couldn’t help but blurt out, “This is my life! and from that moment on, the creators knew they were onto something.

The long-running off-Broadway show has had over 5,000 performances at the Westside Arts Theater. The musical has been performed in over 250 cities around the world. And on top of its huge success, the Off-Broadway production was the site of 50 marriage proposals.

Ghostlight Players will present Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy “Crimes of the Heart,” directed by Mimi McMann and from May 19-29.

The performance schedule for “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Change Now, is Thursday, April 21 at 8 p.m.; Friday April 22 at 8 p.m.; Saturday April 23 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday April 24 at 3 p.m.

General admission tickets are $25, student and senior tickets are $22. Ghostlight Players, Inc. Presents: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Switch Now (onthestage.tickets)


Members of The Riverside Opera Company will present an evening of music from the 1920s to the 1990s in a performance featuring a live band on Saturday, April 23 at 7 p.m. at Gateway Church 200 Boscombe Ave., Richmond Valley. Buy your tickets by visiting: https://www.musae.me/checkout/tickets. The concert features singer Allison Madill, Jared Mishen on keyboards and vocals, Alan Arthur Aurelia on bass and Steven Keely on drums.

Alison Madell (Courtesy/Riverside Opera Company) Staten Island Advance

Riverside Opera Company

Jared Mishen (Courtesy/Riverside Opera Companyu)Staten Island Advance

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A live band will accompany the artists with music from the 1920s to the 1990s

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door and are free for students and children.

Space is limited, so it is recommended to purchase tickets in advance.


Founded in 1996, the Riverside Opera Company (ROC) is Staten Island’s oldest and only opera company. ROC performs full and semi-stage productions with a full orchestra conducted by Maestro Alan Aurelia, who has conducted in Italy and the United States. Its singers are winners of open public auditions in New York. ROC also offers annual workshops for professional and emerging singers and free operas in schools as educational outreach.


On Sunday, May 8 at 4 p.m., join concert organizers in welcoming British singer, songwriter Graham Parker back to Hamilton Park House Concerts. Dubbed the best kept secret in the west, the concert will be live outside in the backyard. Tickets are $45 in advance.

Concerts at the Hamilton Park House

Hamilton Park House Concerts presents Graham Parker, Sunday, May 8 at 4 p.m. (Courtesy/Hamilton Park House Concerts) Staten Island Advance

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Corina C. Butler