Harry Connick, Jr, star of such Broadway revivals as The Pajama Game and On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, will be making his return to the Great White Way. The piano-playing crooner will appear in A Celebration of Cole Porter, a limited engagement that will play at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre in December of 2019. The show is a tribute to one of Broadway’s most-prolific and enduring composer-lyricists. The idea for A Celebration of Cole Porter came from Connick himself.
A Celebration of Cole Porter will premiere at the Durham Performing Arts Center prior to its Broadway berth. The production will include scenic design by Beowulf Boritt and Alexis Distler, projection design by Boritt and Caite Hevnver, and lighting design by Ken Billington. The production promises to be a unique presentation of the songs by the legendary Porter by Connick who has made a career out of interpreting great songs from the American Songbook.
Harry Connick, Jr. is a Grammy and Emmy Award-winning performer who has tackled the concert stage, the Broadway stage, film and television. He has received a Tony nomination for his score for the Broadway musical Thou Shalt Not (2002) and also received an acting nomination for playing Sid in the Broadway revival of The Pajama Game (2006). Television audiences will recognize him from his role as Dr. Leo Markus on the long-running situation comedy Will & Grace.
Cole Porter was the composer for myriad musicals during his tenure writing for Broadway and Hollywood. Among his shows are Anything Goes, Can-Can, DuBarry Was a Lady, Gay Divorce, Leave It To Me!, Out of This World, Panama Hattie, Silk Stockings, and what most agree was his crowning achievement, Kiss Me, Kate. From his musical genius, Porter yielded hundreds of songs, many of which have become world renowned standards including “I Get A Kick Out Of You”, “I Love Paris”, “So In Love”, “Let’s Do it”, “My Heart Belongs to Daddy”, “It’s Delovely”, “You’re the Top”, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, “Friendship” and “Too Darn Hot.” What songs Connick has chosen for the tribute remain to be seen, but will undoubtedly include some from the aforementioned.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.