Over 85 Years After Paris Debut, Cole Porter's Ambassador Revue Bows in U.S. With Anita Gillette, Jason Graae, Catherine Russell, Tom Wopat

"The Town Hall 2014 Summer Season: Broadway Preludes" kicks off June 27 at 8 PM with the American premiere of Cole Porter's The Ambassador Revue.

Jason Graae
Jason Graae

Directed by author and musical theatre historian Ken Bloom, this one-night-only event features Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks, Amy Burton, Tony Award nominee Anita Gillette, Jason Graae, Ted Louis Levy, Grammy winner Catherine Russell and two-time Tony nominee Tom Wopat.

The evening also boasts choreography by three-time Tony nominee Randy Skinner, who performs as a featured dancer with Sara Brians and Mary Giattino-Styles.

The Ambassador Revue, which Porter created for the Café des Ambassadeurs in 1928, fell into oblivion until 2012 when the score was rediscovered by Bloom and Christophe Mirambeau in an archive in Milan, Italy. Bloom and Mirambeau mounted a concert staging in Paris in 2012, nearly 85 years after its Parisian premiere.

Bloom's Town Hall staging of the revue marks the first time that Porter's score will be heard on an American stage and the first time that the original musical arrangements by Freddy Buck will be heard since the 1928 production in Paris.

"The Ambassador Revue features a score of clever and topical, comedic songs; lush, romantic ballads; and of course, those patented, double-entendre ditties for which Porter would come to be notorious," said director Bloom in an earlier statement. "With titles including 'Lost Liberty Blues' (sung by none other than The Statue of Liberty herself) and 'Military Maids' (sung by a chorus of militant feminists demanding social equality), this was the score that ultimately brought Porter back to Broadway and set him on his path to the pantheon of great musical theatre songwriters. Performed by this stellar cast of performers, this is going to be a very special event for any aficionado of musical theatre and the Great American Songbook." For tickets visit The Town Hall Box Office, 123 West 43rd Street or call (800) 982-2787. Tickets range from $30-65.

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