The famous Cole Porter musical High Society makes its way to the Old Vic Theatre under the direction of the acclaimed performer Maria Friedman, who brings to life a classic story at the Lambeth venue from April 2015.
Working from the book by Arthur Kopit, plus Porter’s music and lyrics, she will provide London theatre audiences with the chance to revisit a tale that has been told on the stage and screen, from the 1956 film to the 1997 musical theatre version, and they will do so with some talented performers bringing the characters to life.
The lead character is Tracy Lord, a woman with many suitors on her tale as her wedding looms. With the anticipated ceremony drawing closer it soon becomes clear that it not just her soon-to-be husband that wants her heart – so do two others. One is a jazz musician, her ex-husband, and we follow his attempts to win her back. But it’s not just the groom that he has to compete with as an undercover reporter, hoping to write a story on the wedding, has also fallen for the New York state socialite.
But it being a musical, those picking up theatre tickets can also look forward to some stand-out numbers that include Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and You’re Sensational, among many others.
The tale told in High Society began with the play The Philadelphia Story, which emerged in 1939, and it was then adapted into the unforgettable film with Grace Kelly, Bing Crosy and Frank Sinatra in lead roles. Then, decades later, Broadway audiences were first treated to the stage version at the St James Theatre in New York, which was later seen in the West End. Now it is the turn of the Old Vic Theatre to get a look-in.
And directing it is Maria Friedman. The well known performer is best known for her numerous appearances onstage rather than backstage and has accumulated credits that include The Woman In White and The Witches Of Eastwick, in addition to her Olivier Award-winning performances in By Special Arrangement at the Whitehall Theatre (now the Trafalgar Studios) in 1995, Passion at the Queen’s Theatre in 1996 and Ragtime at the Piccadilly Theatre in 2003. She previously directed the revival of Merrily We Roll Along in the West End in 2012.
But now she directs High Society, which joins other musicals like Gypsy in making a return to the capital in 2015, from Thursday 14th May 2015 (previews from Thursday 30th April 2015).
|Booking From:||Wednesday, 19th August 2015|
|Booking Until:||Friday, 21st August 2015|
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