PHOTO CALL: Anita Gillette, Tom Wopat and More Give Sneak Peek of The Ambassador Revue
By Krissie Fullerton
25 Jun 2014
"The Town Hall 2014 Summer Season: Broadway Preludes" will kick off June 27 at 8 PM with the American premiere of Cole Porter's The Ambassador Revue featuring Anita Gillette, Tom Wopat and more.
Directed by author and musical theatre historian Ken Bloom, this one-night-only event will feature Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks, Amy Burton, Tony Award nominee Anita Gillette, Jason Graae, Ted Levy, Grammy winner Catherine Russell and two-time Tony nominee Tom Wopat.
Bloom's Town Hall staging of the revue will mark 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 a 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."
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