Imagine a party as sparkling as a newly-popped bottle of champagne, a scintillating evening of ravishing melody and witty repartee—and you are invited! It’s all courtesy of that personification of style and sophistication, Noël Coward, the incomparable composer, lyricist, and razor-edged playwright who understood the human heart and the timeless, bittersweet joys of love as no one else could. Drawn from his songs, plays, and journals, this effervescent revue is a true summer sparkler, a lighthearted romp featuring thirty-three tunes and a bevy of sketches, anecdotes, writings and musings.
Songs include “Mad About the Boy,” “I’ll Follow My Heart,” “The Stately Homes of England,” “Mad Dogs and Englishmen,” “I’ve Been to a Marvelous Party” and “There Are Bad Times Just Around the Corner;” as well as Coward’s skewering of stage mothers, “Mrs. Worthington,” and his lovingly caustic reworking of the lyrics in Cole Porter’s “Let’s Do It.”
A Marvelous Party!
devised by David Ira Goldstein, Carl Danielsen, Mark Anders, Patricia Wilcox, and Anna Lauris
directed by Scott Edmiston
musical arrangements by Carl Danielsen
musical direction by Will McGarrahan
Photos by Katalin Mitchell (tag archive).