High Society (musical)

High Society (musical)

Infobox Musical
name= High Society

caption= Original Recording
music= Cole Porter
lyrics= Cole Porter
Susan Birkenhead
book= Arthur Kopit
basis= Philip Barry play
"The Philadelphia Story"
productions= 1998 Broadway
2005 West End

"High Society" is a musical with a book by Arthur Kopit and music and lyrics by Cole Porter.

Based on the Philip Barry play "The Philadelphia Story" and the musical screen adaptation it inspired, "High Society", the plot centers on pretentious Long Island socialite Tracy 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 1998 at 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.

On October 1, 2005, a West End production starring Katherine Kingsley, Graham Bickley, Paul Robinson, and Jerry Hall opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre.

ong list

;Act I
* High Society
* Ridin' High
* Throwing A Ball Tonight
* Little One
* 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)
* Let's Misbehave
* I'm Getting Myself Ready For You
* Once Upon A Time
* Just One Of Those Things
* Well, Did You Evah!
* You're Sensational
* 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 Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical (McMartin, nominee)
*Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Kendrick, nominee)
*Drama Desk Award for 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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