Save the date, October 15, 2015! If you wish you knew Cole Porter, you’ll love the show I’m working on.
The creative heritage of Cole Porter is woven into the fabric of our lives. Tunes and images resonate through film scores and television commercials not to mention jazz clubs and pop concerts. We know him from “Night and Day,” “Begin the Beguine” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and from the shows Anything Goes, Can-Can and Kiss Me Kate.
In my own acting career I have been privileged to play supporting roles in revivals of three of his shows and the experiences were among my most memorable, especially playing the comic lead in the 1988 revival of Leave It To Me off-Broadway in NYC. My special take as a singing actor on Porter’s music is from the point of view of the character actor Monty Woolley, Cole’s best friend and frequent collaborator who held a storied place in Cole’s inner circle.
Many of Porter’s most amusing and intriguing creations were written primarily to the taste of Woolley and his other intimate friends. I identify closely with Monty Woolley’s biography and find the story of his relationship to Cole Porter to be fascinating. That is the story I will tell in Wilde and Woolley, my new cabaret show.
I hope that you will find it entertaining too. Please save the date: October 15, 2015 at Davenport’s in Chicago.