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Wilde and Woolley

“Wilde and Woolley: a musical exploration of Cole Porter’s inner circle” had its world premiere October 15, 2015 at Davenport’s Piano Bar and Cabaret in Wicker Park, Chicago.
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What people are saying:

“It was a wonderful show. . . Great song choices, further informed by . . . insightful and humorous dialogue. You must do it again!” — Jo Pakieser Rainey

“I think that the audience had a jolly good time! Bravo!!! It was a most entertaining evening!” – cabaret fan

“I thought I knew everything about Cole Porter — but you taught me a lot, including exposure to a few rare Porter gems that were unknown to me. Terrific show — and definitely one that bears repeating!” – Charles Troy

The show is a musical celebration of two great, pre-Stonewall, gay artists, acclaimed songwriter Cole Porter and character actor Monty Woolley, Cole’s best friend and frequent collaborator who held a storied place in Cole’s inner circle.

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Dan has enjoyed an affinity for Monty Woolley A.K.A. “the Beard” ever since playing Sheridan Whiteside in “The Man Who Came to Dinner (originally created by Monty Woolley).” Dan is a musical theatre veteran long associated with such Porter works as “Anything Goes”, “Kiss Me Kate” and “Leave It to Me” and he loves to share his enthusiasm for the story of this unique creative friendship.

Wilde and Woolley Songs (as of 5/14/16)

Overture “Night and Day”

HIGH AESTHETIC LINE (1881, Gilbert &Sullivan adaptation)

FOOTBALL KING with BULL DOG (1911-12)

LET’S MISBEHAVE (1928)

I’VE A SHOOTING BOX IN SCOTLAND (1916)

 WE NEVER WILL TELL THEM (Parody of Kern’s “They Wouldn’t Believe Me” – 1919)

PLEASE DON’T MAKE ME BE GOOD (1929)

WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE? (1929)

PORTER’S HOME AGAIN, adaptation of “I’m in Love Again” (1925)

INTERLUDE (ANYTHING GOES) with dialogue

THE KLING-KLING BIRD IN THE DIVI-DIVI TREE (1935)

JUST A PICTURE OF ME WITHOUT YOU adaptation (1935)

WHY SHOULDN’T I (1935) with dialogue

MISS OTIS REGRETS (1934)

PETS (1941)

AT LONG LAST LOVE (1938)

WELL, DID YOU EVAH (1940)

Encore: IT’S DE-LOVELY (1936)

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