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The Champagne Musical includes songs such as "Let's Do It", "Who Wants to be a Millionaire", "In the Still of the Night" etc. The show is set in the fashionable High Society world of Philadelphia, Tracy Samantha Lord is engaged to be married to the dependable George Kitteredge. However her wedding plans are disrupted by the arrival of her ex-husband C K Dexter Haven and two reporters from the tabloid press, who are keen to publish scandalous stories about Tracy's father and his affair with an 'exotic dancer' ! The wedding does eventually go ahead - but who does Tracy marry?!
25 July 2003
Shortly before taking over the National Theatre, Richard Eyre tried, and failed, to adapt the classic film musical High Society for the stage in a 1987 production that he both directed and scripted at the Victoria Palace. In 1998, the Broadway playwright Arthur Kopit made another attempt for a version that opened at New York's St James Theatre, but it wasn't a success either.
Is it third time lucky as that latter version now returns to London for its premiere at Regent's Park's Open Air Theatre? I'd like to say yes, because this is a venue that encourages generosity, but my rapture has to be qualified.
It would take a curmudgeon not to enjoy a show here - especially one that's graced by an irresistible set of Cole Porter songs. As well as the scintillating "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" and "Well, Did You Evah?" and the romantic "True Love" and "You're Sensational" that you'll remember from the movie, other Porter classics are interpolated he...
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USER: Whatsonstage.com (188.8.131.52) - 21 August 2003:
worst bit of casting ever!...
Cole Porter (Music)
Cole Porter (Lyrics)
Arthur Kopit (Book)
Ian Talbot (Director)
Catherine Jayes (music) (Director)
Gillian Gregory (Choreographer)
Paul Farnsworth (Design)
Paul Farnsworth (Costume)
Steven Edis (music arranger) (Music)
Jason Taylor (Lighting)
Simon Whitehorn (Sound)
Charmian Hoare (dialect coach) (Other)
Laura Baggaley (assistant) (Director)