Seattle Repertory Theatre celebrates Noel Coward's 100th birthday with a musical revue of his songs, Oh, Coward!, beginning previews Feb. 22 and opening March 1. Coward, which stars Patti Cohenour, runs through Apr. 4.
Cohenour's credits include a Tony nomination for The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Drama Desk nominations for Drood and Big River. She was the first matinee Christine in Broadway's Phantom of the Opera and also starred in A Doll's Life. Her most recent Broadway role was as the Mother Abbess in the Sound of Music revival.
A witty playwright and clever songwriter, Noel Coward penned such plays as Private Lives, Blithe Spirit and Hay Fever and the musical Bitter Sweet. Oh, Coward! includes fifty-plus Coward songs and excerpts from his plays and writings.
Cohenour recently left her role as the Mother Abbess in the Broadway revival of The Sound of Music, which she recorded for the revival's CD. Other Broadway appearances include performing as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera and in The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
Appearing with Cohenour are Joel Carlton and David Pichette. Carlton appeared Off-Broadway in Jeffrey and Annie Get Your Gun as well as performing in the world premiere of Paramour at San Diego's Old Globe. Pichette, a Seattle-based actor, played Nixon in the Rep's Nixon's Nixon and performed in A Contemporary Theatre's Quills and the Intiman Theatre's Gross Indecency. Michael Olich designed the sets and costumes, and Greg Sullivan designed the lights. Mark Rabe musical directs.
The Seattle Repertory Theatre is located in the Seattle Center at Second St. and Mercer St. Tickets for Oh, Coward! are $39-$15 and are available by calling the Seattle Rep at (206) 443-2222.
* Coincidentally, the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York City is presenting a separate staging of Oh, Coward! through March 14 at its home at 132 W. 22nd St. It opened Feb. 16. The cast includes William B. Hubert II, Brendan Powers, Maggie Runfola and pianist Rusty McGee. For information about the Off-Broadway staging, call (212) 727-2737.
-- By Christine Ehren