1928 Cole Porter Musical Paris to Play Manhattan

News   1928 Cole Porter Musical Paris to Play Manhattan Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble will present Cole Porter's Paris June 17-30 in Manhattan.

Directed by Barbara Vann, the cast will comprise Aron Bederson, Sarah Engelke, Jason Alan Griffin, Renee Hermiz, Eva Nicole, John Russell and Peter Tedeschi.

Based on the hit play by Martin Brown, Paris features such Porter tunes as "Let's Do It" and "The Heaven Hop" and first opened on Broadway in 1928. Medicine Show, according to press notes, is "restoring Porter's original songs to the score, some of which were cut for being too risque the 20s. As an added treat to musical theatre fans, this production will also include other Porter songs either never published or rarely performed."

Director Vann said she was drawn to the piece because it explores "what makes a happy ending" and worked closely with the Cole Porter Trust to restore the work. "It's always fun to be in on the beginning of anything,” Vann added. "Paris comes from a time when most people only knew silent film comedy. This show marries the physical and the literary comedy."

Jake Lloyd is the musical director and accompanist. Noted painter Knox Martin is designing the 1920s surrealist set.

Tickets are $18 for general admission, $14 for seniors and students and are available from Smarttix at www.Smarttix.com or (212) 868-4444. For more information, visit www.MedicineShowTheatre.org.

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