David Rossmer & Dan Lipton (Book, Music & Lyrics)
Carolyn Cantor (Director)


Joan Sweete has always been drawn to the old-fashioned idea of true love with one person, which puts her at odds with the anything-goes dating scene of the year 2163. When she wins a competition to test the PerfectMate, an emotionally savvy robot, she thinks she may have found her lifetime match – but it turns out perfection isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. First commissioned for and developed in the 2018 SPARK festival, THE PERFECT MATE is a musical comedy for romantics of all eras.

Commissioned by Pittsburgh CLO through the EQT Commissioning Fund.

Saturday, April 13 @ 4pm
Benedum Rehearsal Studios
RSVP Required

Sunday, April 14 @ 4pm
Benedum Rehearsal Studios
RSVP Required


DAN LIPTON & DAVID ROSSMER (Book, Music, Lyrics) are writing the score for MONOPOLY, the Broadway-bound musical produced by Hasbro and Araca Group, with a book by Tony nominee Rick Elice. They wrote “They Don’t Let You in the Opera” for Kelli O’Hara, whose performance with the Orlando Philharmonic went viral, garnering 5.8 million views on Facebook. Their TV show RATED P, developed by Kelly Ripa’s production company, sold to ABC Studios. The stage version of RATED P, which played Off-Broadway, is licensed by Broadway Licensing.  Rossmer co-wrote THE OTHER JOSH COHEN, which was nominated for 6 Drama Desk Awards. The show returned to Off-Broadway in November 2018 to rave reviews. Rossmer is in the inaugural class of Audible playwrights, commissioned by Amazon. Lipton was associate conductor of THE BAND’S VISIT and conducted Sting’s run in his own musical THE LAST SHIP, both on Broadway.  He scored the Molly Ringwald film ALL THESE SMALL MOMENTS, released by Orion Classics in January 2019. Representation: CAA

CAROLYN CANTOR (Director) is a New York based director who spends much of her time developing and directing new work for the stage. She has worked at most of the off-Broadway theaters in NYC and at many regional companies, collaborating with wonderful playwrights and composers. Carolyn is thrilled to be spending this week in Pittsburgh with Dan Lipton and David Rossmer. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the mother of two daughters, Stella and Vivian.