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Anything Goes

He was one of the most famous Broadway composers of his time, and many of his songs still live on in our consciousness today, this week Donald Macleod explores the life and music of Cole Porter.

Cole Porter and his wife Linda were spending much of their time in Venice, where they rented a majestic palace on the Grand Canal for $4,000 a week. They organised legendary parties, including shipping over a Jazz band from America to play on a barge in the lagoon. Porter was determined to pursue his career as a composer, but producers were wary of him. His rich and lavish lifestyle gave the impression that Porter was a dabbler, not to be trusted. He did contribute a number of songs for the American show, Greenwich Village Follies, including Two Little Babes in the Wood, and I'm In Love Again. By the time the show went on tour, all his songs had been dropped.

By the late 1920s, Porter was acheiving international success. Irving Berlin commissioned Porter to compose music for a revue in Berlin's Music Box Theatre in New York. The show was set in Paris, with a cast of bohemian characters, and Berlin realised that Porter knew this territory better than he did. The outcome was Fifty Million Frenchmen, which included the song You Do Something To Me.

We Open in Venice (Kiss Me Kate)
Josephine Barstow, voice (Katherine)
Kim Criswell, voice (Bianca)
Thomas Hampson, voice (Petruchio)
George Dvorsky, voice (Lucentio)
Ambrosian Chorus
London Sinfonietta
John McGlinn, conductor

Two Little Babes in the Wood (Greenwich Village Follies)
Thomas Hampson, baritone
Ambrosian Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra
John McGinn, conductor

I'm In Love Again (Greenwich Village Follies)
Ben Bernie, voice
Scrappy Lambert, voice
Billy Hillpot, voice
Ben Bernie and His Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra

Hot-House Rose
Lee Wiley
Bunny Berigan's Music

Weren't We Fools
Julie Wilson, voice
Studio Ensemble

Let's Misbehave
Phil Saxe, voice
Irving Aaronson And His Commanders

Let's Do It (Paris)
Leslie Hutchinson, voice
Studio pianist

Overture (Fifty Million Frenchmen)
Orchestra New England
Evans Haile, conductor

You Do Something To Me (Fifty Million Frenchmen)
Susan Powell, voice (Looloo Carroll)
Howard McGillin, voice (Peter Forbes)
Orchestra New England
Evans Haile, conductor

You Don't Know Paree (Fifty Million Frenchmen)
Howard McGillin, voice (Peter Forbes)
Orchestra New England
Evans Haile, conductor

Paree, What Did You Do To Me? (Fifty Million Frenchmen)
Susan Powell, voice (Looloo Carroll)
Howard McGillin, voice (Peter Forbes)
Full Cast
Orchestra New England
Evans Haile, conductor

Overture (Gay Divorce)
London Sinfonietta
John McGlinn, conductor

Night and Day (Gay Divorce)
London Sinfonietta
John McGlinn, conductor

Producer Luke Whitlock.

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Wed 30 Jul 2014 18:30

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