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Chapter 23

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Brandon Pecina

on 15 October 2012

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A Cole Porter Renaissance and the rise of Recognition String of Mediocrity Poor follow up to Anything Goes
Bounced back and forth between Holly Wood and the stage
Wrote the memorable “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” for the 1936 film “Born To Dance”
His ASCAP peers eulogized him by saying, “Cole Porter’s talent in the creation of beautiful and witty songs was recognized as unique throughout the world. His brilliant compositions in the field of musical theatre made him an international legend in his lifetime.” Cole Porter… Finished? Suffered a devastated injury to both legs (1937)
Continued to work throughout his rehabilitation
The quality of his work suffered The Rebound…? Leave It To Me
First time collaboration with librettists Samuel and Bella Spewack
Though not a block buster, but ran a respectable 291 performances Porter —Passe? Moderate to short runs
Poor reviews
Continued to bounce back and forth between coasts
Something for the Boys – Ethel Merman
“If it doesn’t come close to Anything Goes, it is because Mr. Porter isn’t the composer he once was.”
Criticism continued with the debut of Around the World in Eighty Days (1946)
“The Porter songs are not in the finest Porter traditions”
Ran for a disappointing 74 performances Kiss Me, Kate (1947) Adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew
Arnold Saint Subber—stage manager—came up with the idea
Subber shared the idea with Lemuel Ayers—set and costume designer
The shared the concept with Bella Spewack who proposed Porter as the composer
After turning it down initially, but Bella was persistent, eventually winning Porter over
It was a long and arduous process
They had to deal with Porters tarnished reputation
They held 24 Backers’ Auditions
It took nearly a year to raise the $180,000 from 72 separate investors Anything left? Can-Can (1953)
Became Porter’s 2nd longest running show at 892 performances
Silk Stockings (1955)
Proved to be Porter’s last Broadway show
Despite enjoying less success than Can-Can it received favorable reviews
Ran for 478 performances The Final Decline Porter’s right leg stopped responding and was amputated
He became reclusive and gave up composing
His health declined and, due to a series of complications, Cole Porter died in 1946. Porter wrote 25 numbers in all though his score was trimmed to 17
Usually for Porter, the tunes were carefully woven into the story line
Opened in 1948
Ran for 1,077 performances
The 4th longest running musical of the 1940’s
1st American musical to ever play in Poland
The 1st show by Porter to be released on long-playing record. Recognition... New York Drama Critics' Circle Outer Critics Circle (1950) Donaldson Awards Established in 1944
Named for the magazines founder, W.H. Donaldson Tony Awards Led to the elimination of the Donaldson Awards because it was officially sanctioned, while the Donaldsons were not
They were Named for Antoinette Perry
A long-standing member of the American Theatre Wing
Began in 1917 as a war relief organization
Stage Woment's War relief
They eventually produced 1,863,645 articles
After her death, A annual presentation of "Tony" awards for distinguished theatrical achievement was discussed and agreed upon during the Wing's fall board meeting
The first awards were given in 1947
Kiss Me, Kate did extremely well once it was eligible in 1949
Won in five categories
Not only winning Best Musical but the achievements of the producers, the authors, the composer and the costumes were all recognized as well Obie Derived from "off-Broadway"
Sponsored by a magazine Drama Desk Celebrate "creative stage achievments wherever they were presented."
Established in 1949
Created it's own award in 1955 One of the oldest groups that arose to honor theatrical endeavors Founded in 1950
Consists of critics who review New York productions for out-of-town magazines and newspapers Plot Summary Inspired by Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew
Fred Graham
Lilli Vanessi - Katherine
Lois Lane - Bionca
Bill Calhoun - Lucention
Harrison Howell - financial backer
Key Terms Samuel and Bella Spewack
Kiss Me, Kate
Arnold Saint Subber
Lemuel Ayers
Backers Audition
A demonstration of a show's songs and plot to potential investors New York Drama Critics Circle
Outer Critics Circle
Donaldson Awards
Tony Awards
Drama Desk
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