Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Let's Misbehave In Vegas: A Tribute To Cole Porter

Not everyone knows his name, but almost every generation knows his work. Broadway composer and songwriter Cole Porter has been covered by everyone, including artists like U2, Annie Lennox, and Shane MacGowan.

But even before that, the music and compositions of Porter had been made famous by Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Ella Fitzgerald, Gene Kelly, and Ethel Merman. His sophisticated, bawdy lyrics, clever rhymes, and complex forms have galvanized generations since his big Broadway break toward the end of the roaring twenties.

Let's Misbehave: A Tribute To Cole Porter At The Stirling Club.

Set in an exclusive club reminiscent of an upscale speakeasy, Las Vegas will become home for Broadway for one night (Thursday, Sept. 30). This exclusive dinner show performance will be modeled after an interactive radio show under the direction of EJG Productions, a nonprofit theater experience led by Edward Gryska and Brandon Klock.

"When Porter wrote these songs for Broadway, they were sung by young Broadway performers. Mary Martin, Gene Kelly, Ethel Merman and others were all in their late teens and early 20s," says Gryska. "So casting young performers will give you an idea of what it may have felt like at that time."

As a mock radio show performance, the young players will sing into the microphone and interact with guests. much like they might have on Broadway or in speakeasies during prohibition. The entertainment will include a popular selection of Porter favorites, including songs from shows such as Kiss Me Kate, Can Can, and Anything Goes.

As a tribute, Gryska has also included several quality compositions from lesser known shows, Let's Misbehave from Paris (Porter's big break on Broadway) and You Do Something To Me from Fifty Million Frenchmen, among them.

A Special Menu Created By Charlie Palmer.

Dinner service will begin 30 minutes prior to the start of the show. It includes a grilled petit filet and sauteed tiger shrimp, served with a horseradish pomme puree and pencil asparagus. The accompanying appetizer will feature autumn field greens and goat cheese fritter. Caramelized pear tart tatin will be served for dessert.

Admission for members is $59.95 and reservations are required as seating is intimate and limited. Members may call 702-732-9700. Non-members considering The Stirling Club are encouraged to call Kathleen Gustafson at 702-784-4603, pending space availability.
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