- High Society (musical)
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"High Society" is a musical with a book by
Arthur Kopitand music and lyrics by Cole Porter.
Based on the
Philip Barryplay " The Philadelphia Story" and the musical screen adaptation it inspired, "High Society", the plot centers on pretentious Long Island socialiteTracy Lord, who is planning a June 1938 wedding to an equally pretentious executive when ex-husband Dexter Haven arrives to disrupt the proceedings. Additional comic complications arise when tabloid reporter Mike Connor, who is there to cover the wedding, also falls for the bride-to-be. The score's songs were compiled from various Porter musicals; in some instances, updated or new lyrics were provided by Susan Birkenhead.
After 27 previews, the Broadway production, directed by Christopher Renshaw, opened on
April 27 1998at the St. James Theatre, where it ran for 144 performances. The opening night cast included Stephen Bogardus, Melissa Errico, Daniel McDonald, John McMartin, Randy Graff, Lisa Banes, Marc Kudisch, Betsy Joslyn, and Anna Kendrick.
October 1, 2005, a West End production starring Katherine Kingsley, Graham Bickley, Paul Robinson, and Jerry Hallopened at the Shaftesbury Theatre.
* High Society
* Ridin' High
* Throwing A Ball Tonight
* Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?
I Love Paris
* She's Got That Thing
* Once Upon A Time
* True Love;Act II
* High Society (Reprise)
* I'm Getting Myself Ready For You
* Once Upon A Time
* Just One Of Those Things
Well, Did You Evah!
* Say It With Gin
* Ridin' High
It's All Right With Me
* He's A Right Guy
I Love You, Samantha
* True Love (Reprise)
Awards and nominations
Tony Awardfor Best Featured Actor in a Musical (McMartin, nominee)
*Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Kendrick, nominee)
Drama Desk Awardfor Outstanding New Musical (nominee)
*Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Errico, nominee)
*Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (McMartin, nominee)
*Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Kendrick, nominee)
Theatre World Award(Kendrick, winner)
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