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Cole Porter's You Never Know - Full Length Musical, Comedy

Cole Porter's You Never Know

Cole Porter, Rowland Leigh, Paul Lazarus, Siegfried Geyer, Karl Farkas, Robert Katscher

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Full Length Musical, Comedy

3m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573627859

Based on By Candlelight by Siegfried Geyer, Karl Farkas and Robert Katscher

Original Book by Rowland Leigh
New Book by Paul Lazarus
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
 

A romantic musical comedy filled with Cole Porter classics.

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Description

Full Length Musical

Comedy

Farce, Period, Romantic Comedy

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1920s

Settings Of Play -

The sumptuous penthouse suite of Barron Romer.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Play w/ Music

Interior Set

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TAGS

Love

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Pasadena Playhouse FRED Award for Best Production

This romantic musical comedy is set in Paris in 1929 and filled with delightful, witty Cole Porter songs, including:

From Alpha to Omega
Let’s Misbehave
Riding High
At Long Last Love
I Happen to Be in Love
You Never Know

The story takes place one summer evening in Baron Rommer’s elegant penthouse suite at the Hotel Ritz. The baron and his butler switch identities so that the butler can pursue a woman he believes is a lady of a much higher class. It transpires that she is actually a maid in the service of Madame Baltin, a high society figure who has captured the baron’s heart. Her jealous husband and a Josephine Baker-like actress headlining at the Folies Bergère round out the cast of this door-slamming farce with wonderful songs and dancing.

 



"This is a 1930's movie for the stage: giddy, tender, fun [...] It is classy, intimate, happy with terrific music" - The Los Angeles Times

"Light and fluffy as a good souffle [...] A lovely little ensemble piece." - Variety

Dorset Theater Festival, VT 1982, 1983

American Stage Festival, NH 1983

Huntington Theater in Boston, MA  1984

Goodspeed Opera House, CT 1985

Pasadena Playhouse, CA 1991

Characters

CASTING

3m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Role(s) for Black Actor(s)

CHORUS SIZE

No Chorus

Gaston Baron Rommer's Butler: wants to experience the life of the upper crust
Baron Rommer a rich, sophisticated playboy who has grown weary of the game
Maria Mme. Baltin's maid, pert and saucy. Capable of impersonating a woman of society 
Madame Baltin an elegant lady of high society, unhappily married to Herr Baltin
Herr Baltin Mme. Baltin's rich husband: pompous and extremely jealous
Ida Baron Rommer's current "amour." Famous for exotic dancing, not very bright.

Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Small/Combo

MUSICAL STYLE

Classic Broadway

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

Piano/Conductor’s Score
Reed I (Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone)
Reed II (Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Tenor Saxophone)
Reed III (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone)
Acoustic Bass
Drums/Percussion
Violin
Trumpet
Trombone
5 Chorus Books

OR

2 Piano/Conductor's Scores
5 Chorus Books

Song Samples

Overture

By Candlelight

Let's Not Talk About Love

I'm Going In For Love

I'm Back in Circulation

From Alpha to Omega

What Shall I Do?

Let's Misbehave

I Happen to Be in Love

You Never Know

What is That Tune?

At Long Last Love

Ridin' High

By Candlelight (Reprise)

Author(s)
Paul Lazarus

Paul Lazarus

Paul Lazarus, has an over 30-year award-winning career directing, producing and writing theater, television and film. He recently completed a feature documentary called “SlingShot” about Segway inventor Dean Kamen and his work to solve the world’s water crisis. Lazarus has directed over ninety plays and musicals (mostly new work) in such prominent theaters as The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center ... view full profile

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