Sean Hayden, a new MAC Award nominee for his 1999 cabaret show, Confidentially, Cole, wraps up his 2000 run of the Cole Porter revue March 4 at the Triad in New York City, prior to a national tour.
Hayden was nominated March 2 for a Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) award in the category of Male Debut for the revue of Cole Porter's more naughty, passionate and hungry songs. The fall triad run begat an album (released Feb. 20) and a Triad return that opened Feb. 10.
The show includes such underground Porter tunes as "Love For Sale," "I'm a Gigolo," "Let's Misbehave" and the more obscure "In Chelsea Somewhere" and "To Love or Not to Love," among others.
The songs offer a theme of forbidden love, longing and obsession, under the direction of Lina Koutrakos. Sally Mayes is production supervisor and Rick Jensen musical-directs a four-piece band.
The new CD offers "Let's Misbehave/Come to the Supermarket in Old Peking/Rub Your Lamp," "I Like Pretty Things/My Heart Belongs to Daddy," "I'm a Gigolo/Love For Sale," "I'm in Love With a Soldier Boy," "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To," "To Love or Not to Love," "A Humble Hollywood Executive/Love For Sale," "Dream Dancing," "Find Me a Primitive Man/You've Got That Thing," "I Gaze In Your Eyes," "In Chelsea Somewhere," "Love Of My Life," "He's a Right Guy/Too Darn Hot/It's All Right With Me," "Night and Day/After You," "I Loved Him But He Didn't Love Me" and "To Love or Not to Love/Wake Up and Dream." *
The show will be especially intriguing to Porter fans because two orphaned Porter lyrics whose tunes have been lost over the years are dressed up with new melodies penned by Steve Ross and Ann Hampton Callaway.
The show promises to explore the yearnings of a closeted Porter, whose lyrics are filled with coded references to forbidden love.
And not so forbidden. Porter was, after all, the composer-lyricist who wrote "Love for Sale," in which a prostitute moaned, "If you want to buy my wares...follow me and climb the stairs." In "I'm a Gigolo," the singer is apparently a gay escort "pushing ladies with lifted faces 'round the floor."
The show songlist represents hits and arcana. In addition to the above, the revue includes "Cafe Society Still Carries On" (with new music by Steve Ross), "Let's Step Out/I Want to Be Raided By You," "Rosalie," "Something For the Boys," "Let's Be Buddies," "Most Gentlemen Don't Like Love," "Don't Look at Me That Way/You Do Something to Me."
Hayden, the son of a Southern Baptist minister, moved to New York from Dallas in 1999. His regional theatre credits include principal appearances with the Dallas Shakespeare Festival, the Ft. Worth Shakespeare in the Park Festival and a Texas-staged revue of Porter tunes. He has studied acting with Betty Buckley.
Designers are Matt Berman (lighting) and Alan Harden (costumes). Technical direction is by Johnny Walker.
Tickets are $15-$25, with a $10 minimum. The Triad Theatre is at 158 W. 72nd Street (off Broadway). Call (212) 799 4599 for reservations. There is a preferred seating area with a pre-paid ticket.
-- By Kenneth Jones