Cole Porter: Sophisticate of American Song
April 21, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
His energy was unparalleled, his charisma addictive and the monikers inevitably attached to his name — dilettante, hedonist, snob — were simply tossed off with an impish smile and a shrug while the tunes continued to spin magically from his fingertips. For whatever Cole Porter was as a person, his reputation as a quintessential creative genius has never been questioned.
Walk through Porter’s life on Broadway and in Hollywood, 40 years that produced 33 stage shows and almost 20 films. Rare archival film clips and recordings of original cast members, including Ethel Merman, Fred Astaire, Patricia Morison, Gertrude Lawrence, Mary Martin, Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, are featured along with Porter himself singing and playing “You’re the Top,” which he was.