Tag Archives | Cole Porter

Opera North’s Kiss Me, Kate to play London Coliseum in 2018

Opera North’s award-winning production of Cole Porter’s classic Kiss Me, Kate will make its debut in the capital at the London Coliseum in June next year. Bringing together top talent from the worlds of opera and the West End stage, and featuring the full-scale orchestra and chorus of Opera North, the London run of the […]

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Kiss Me, Kate at Kilworth House Theatre – cast revealed

Matthew McKenna and Caroline Sheen will play the warring couple at the heart of the Kilworth House Theatre’s production of Cole Porter’s classic Kiss Me, Kate. The first production of the season at the Leicestershire space in the grounds of the Kilworth Hotel will run from 31 May until 16 July. Joining McKenna (Fred Graham) […]

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The New Yorkers – Encores! – New York City Center

The New Yorkers, an Encores! production, was performed at New York City Center. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “What kind of a show is this, I ask you?” Thus inquires a character in the midst of Act II of the Encores! re-creation of Cole Porter’s 1930 musical The New Yorkers. And […]

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Anything Goes at Upstairs at the Gatehouse – casting details

Casting has been announced for Ovation’s revival of the Cole Porter classic musical Anything Goes at Highgate’s Upstairs at the Gatehouse opening next month. Taryn Erickson will make her UK musical debut alongside recent graduates Jack McCann and Jack Keane and West End regulars including Samantha Dorsey, David Pendlebury and Nova Skipp. Also in the […]

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Kiss Me, Kate – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff and Touring

Kiss Me, Kate continues at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff until 7 October, then plays dates in Liverpool, Llandudno, Birmingham, Oxford and Southampton. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Strictly speaking, it isn’t at all necessary to ‘Brush Up Your Shakespeare’ to enjoy the infectiously foot-tapping music and lyrics of Cole Porter’s musical […]

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Kiss Me, Kate set for Shakespeare-inspired WNO autumn season

Cole Porter’s classic Kiss Me, Kate will be part of a celebratory Shakespeare-inspired autumn season from the Welsh National Opera. A co-production with Opera North, Porter’s Golden Age musical version of the Bard’s The Taming of the Shrew will feature operatic and West End singers alongside the renowned WNO Chorus and Orchestra. Directed by Jo Davies, […]

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Out of this World – Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre

Out of this World continues at Ye Olde Rose and Crown, London until 30 April. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ The consistently reliable Rose and Crown in Walthamstow works its magic again, turning its attention to a little-known Cole Porter show and covering it with almost enough glitter and glitz to […]

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Broadway Melody – Cole Porter Songbook – Auguste Théâtre, Paris

Broadway Melody – the Cole Porter Songbook was performed at the Auguste Théâtre, Paris. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The long overdue new edition of Broadway Melody, celebrating this time the genius of Cole Porter, was well worth the wait. The production used the same cast as the Leonard Bernstein tribute last year: Christine […]

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Out of This World at Ye Olde Rose and Crown – cast details

All Star Productions has revealed full details of the cast and creative team for the upcoming London stage premiere of Cole Porter’s Out of This World. The show, which opens at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre on 12 April, will star Cameron Bernard Jones, Rhiannon Moushall, Hugo Joss Catton, Ruth Betteridge, Megan Gilmartin, Adam Hepworth, […]

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Out of This World London stage premiere from All Star Productions

All Star Productions is continuing its commitment to producing revivals of rarely produced musicals with the London stage premiere of Cole Porter’s Out of This World. The musical comedy, loosely based on a comedy by Roman playwright Plautus, with music and lyrics by the legendary Porter and a book by Dwight Taylor and Reginald Lawrence, […]

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Kiss Me, Kate – Theatre du Chatelet, Paris

Kiss Me, Kate continues at the Theatre du Chatelet, Paris until 12 February. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Parisians are being given just ten chances to catch the only Cole Porter musical that ran more than a thousand performances on Broadway (and won a 1949 Tony) and now that’s down to […]

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Kiss Me, Kate – Grand Theatre, Leeds

Kiss Me, Kate continues at the Grand Theatre, Leeds until 31 October before touring to Theatre Royal Newcastle, The Lowry Salford Quays and Theatre Royal Nottingham. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ So, the next step in Opera North’s journey through the Golden Age of Musicals brings us to Cole Porter. There is little doubt that this is […]

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Elaine Delmar – The Lady and Her Music – Crazy Coqs

Elaine Delmar – The Lady and Her Music continues at the Crazy Coqs, London until 1 August. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ Elaine Delmar, making a most welcome return to the Crazy Coqs, is one of Britain’s finest jazz vocalists. Her pedigree began with singing as a youngster with her father’s (Leslie […]

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High Society – the Old Vic

High Society continues at the Old Vic, London until 22 August. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ Well, did you evah? What a swell party this is! Silly but swelegant and it’s hard not to fall in love with Maria Friedman’s swish, sparkling update of the 1998 Broadway show of the 1956 Frank Sinatra-Grace Kelly-Bing […]

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Interview – rising star Ellie Bamber having a ball in High Society at the Old Vic

ELLIE BAMBER is the rising star who plays the role of 14-year-old Dinah Lord in Maria Friedman’s effervescent revival of Cole Porter’s High Society at The Old Vic (opening tonight, Thursday 14 May). Ellie made her screen debut at the age of 15 alongside Martin Clunes in the ITV drama A Mother’s Son, having earlier appeared on stage […]

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CD Reviews – Love, Lies and Lyrics, Hugh Maynard and Sarah Cox

NICK WAKEHAM casts an eye over some of the latest CD releases. LOVE, LIES AND LYRICS – The words of Lesley Ross (SimG Records – SimGR-CD024) The latest cd from SimG Records celebrates the words of Lesley Ross, with music provided by Mark Aspinall, Matthew Brind, John-Victor, James Williams, Gounod and Tchaikovsky. For those who may not […]

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High Society at the Old Vic – full casting revealed

Full casting for the Old Vic’s new production of High Society has been announced. Casting includes the previously announced Kate Fleetwood , Barbara Flynn, Jamie Parker, Annabel Scholey and Rupert Young along with Ellie Bamber, Richard Grieve, Christopher Ravenscroft and Jeff Rawle. The Old Vic’s new in-the-round production of Cole Porter’s classic musical is directed by Maria Friedman, with Joe […]

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Kim Criswell and Wayne Marshall – Cadogan Hall

Kim Criswell and Wayne Marshall performed A Celebration of the American Broadway Songbook at the Cadogan Hall, London. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ The incomparable duo of singer Kim Criswell and pianist Wayne Marshall gave their first London concert in a decade before a packed house at London’s Cadogan Hall as part of Cadogan Swings! […]

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Pixie Lott joins Strictly professionals in Puttin’ On the Ritz

Pop singer Pixie Lott will appear at the New Wimbledon Theatre this May in a brand new production of Puttin’ On the Ritz. Lott will be joined by her Strictly Come Dancing dance partner Trent Whiddon, along with fellow dance champion professionals Kristina Rihanoff and Robin Windsor. The production will run at the theatre from 27–30 May, it is also visiting other venues […]

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High Society – Kate Fleetwood and Jamie Parker lead line-up at the Old Vic

Kate Fleetwood, Barbara Flynn, Jamie Parker, Annabel Scholey and Rupert Young are to star in The Old Vic’s new production of Cole Porter’s classic feelgood musical, High Society, directed in the round by Maria Friedman, with Joe Stilgoe and the High Society Band. The show runs from 30 April to 22 August, press night is […]

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Anything Goes – New Wimbledon Theatre and Touring

Anything Goes continues at the New Wimbledon Theatre until 7 February and then tours until 10 October 2015. Star rating: 5 stars ***** The good ship Anything Goes has sailed full steam ahead out of Sheffield, where Daniel Evans’ Crucible feelgood production launched to general euphoria in December, docking first in Wimbledon before continuing its eight-month UK cruise […]

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Anything Goes – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Anything Goes continues at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield until 17 January 2015, after which the production will embark on a 32-venue tour in the UK until October 2015. Following on from the success of his previous two Christmas productions My Fair Lady and Oliver!, Sheffield Theatres artistic director Daniel Evans directs Cole Porter’s uplifting masterpiece of song, dance and […]

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Maria Friedman will direct High Society at the Old Vic

Multi-award-winning director and actress Maria Friedman will direct an in the round production of Cole Porter’s classic musical High Society at the Old Vic, previewing from 30 April 2015 and running until 22 August (press night is 14 May). High Society is, of course, based on The Philadelphia Story by Philip Barry and the 1956 MGM film musical starring Bing […]

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Anything Goes – Matt Rawle and Debbie Kurup lead Crucible cast

Artistic director of Sheffield Theatres Daniel Evans has announced the full cast for his production of Anything Goes at the Crucible which opens 8 December (previews from 28 November, and runs until 17 January), before touring the UK and Ireland, beginning at the New Wimbledon Theatre on 29 January 2015. Debbie Kurup (Reno Sweeney) and Matt Rawle (Billy Crocker) lead the company with Stephen Matthews (Lord Evelyn Oakley), Zoë Rainey (Hope Harcourt), Simon […]

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Writer, composer and lyricist Sandy Wilson – we pay tribute

Writer-composer-lyricist SANDY WILSON died last month at the age of 90. Michael Darvell pays tribute to an extraordinary man of the British theatre and the one show of his that has been perennially popular for more than 60 years. The fact that Sandy Wilson, who has died aged 90, had his greatest hit, The Boy Friend, in the […]

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Anything Goes tours the UK from January 2015, directed by Daniel Evans

Stage Entertainment, in association with Sheffield Theatres, will present the UK and Ireland tour of Cole Porter’s classic musical comedy Anything Goes. Following its run at the Crucible theatre in Sheffield (28 November 2014–17 January 2015), the tour will open at the New Wimbledon Theatre on 29 January 2015. The new production will be directed by Daniel Evans and […]

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Anything Goes: A Celebration of the Music of Cole Porter – Cadogan Hall

Anything Goes: A 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Music of Cole Porter at Cadogan Hall, London continues until 23 August. Goodness knows why we need a reason to celebrate the genius of Cole Porter, but the official excuse for these two beautiful hours of unadulterated joy is that 50 years ago in October the great man left us […]

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Anything Goes – Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Anything Goes continues at Paradise in Augustines until 17 August. Samuel Butler once said: ‘The oldest books are still only just out to those who have not read them.’ The same must be said of work on the stage. I remember long, long ago, in my own youth, seeking out the shows, in the then […]

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Other Broadway Love Stories – LEO, Vienna

Other Broadway Love Stories at LEO, Vienna. Robert Chionis (Jekyll & Hyde, Surviving Love) and Lenneke Willemsen (Elisabeth, Tanz der Vampire) presented an evening of songs, as the title suggests, by a selection of composers – including Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, Michael John LaChiusa and William Finn – whose work is rarely seen in Austria. The format was […]

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Bullets Over Broadway – St James Theatre, New York

Bullets Over Broadway continues at the St James Theatre, New York, in an open-ended run. Bullets Over Broadway, based on Woody Allen’s 1994 gem of a movie about the perils of putting on a play with gangster financing, is almost the kind of musical that set a certain Broadway standard back, say, some 60 years […]

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Jeff Harnar – Crazy Coqs

Jeff Harnar performs Does This Song Make Me Look Fat? at the Crazy Coqs, London, until 1 March. With his dapper charm and New York polish, Jeff Harnar was always a cabaret singer who made the game look easy, but the eye-catchingly named Does This Song Make Me Look Fat? show he brings with him […]

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Carole J Bufford – Crazy Coqs

Carole J Bufford performs her show Body and Soul at the Crazy Coqs, London until Saturday 11 January. Now we know why the New York cabaret world is raving about the new kid on the block. Carole J Bufford is very, very special. A standing ovation for her very first gig outside the USA at […]

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Kiss Me Kate – Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Kiss Me Kate continues at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London until 26 January 2014. Cole Porter’s lovely Kiss Me Kate (comma deleted in line with the recent Old Vic revival and all the better for it) is one of those special musicals, like West Side Story and My Fair Lady, in which virtually every song […]

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Criswell, Henshall, Friedman at Cadogan Hall

Jeremy Chapman previews From West End to Broadway, a trio of concerts at London’s Cadogan Hall. The glorious voice of Kim Criswell launches an August series of Thursday treats for musical theatre aficionados at the Cadogan Hall, London, on 1 August. An honorary Brit after marrying one and settling here shortly after playing the title role […]

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Anne Reid at Crazy Coqs

Anne Reid In a New Key, at the Crazy Coqs, London. Electrocuted as Valerie Barlow in Coronation Street in 1971, Dinnerladied by Victoria Wood in 1998, kit off as a daring 66-year-old who beds a pre-Bond Daniel Craig in The Mother in 2003 and wooed by Derek Jacobi in last autumn’s wonderful TV series Last Tango […]

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Hutch is a story that needs to be told

Playing at the Riverside Studios, London until 8 June. Ruby in the Dust’s new play-with-music, written by Joe Evans and directed by Linnie Reedman, tells the story of Grenadian-born Leslie ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson who became one of the biggest cabaret stars of the 1920s and 1930s. He was also lover to both Cole Porter and Edwina […]

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