Harry Connick, Jr. fans and lovers of great music both have reasons to celebrate this holiday season when the entertainer returns to Broadway for a special engagement: Harry Connick, Jr. – A Celebration of Cole Porter. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, October 4, 2019, at 10:00 AM ET. The special three-week run begins at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre on Saturday, December 7, with a December 12 official opening.
“Featuring a vibrant, 25-piece orchestra and a modern, multi-media presentation, this entirely new production brings back to Broadway both the magic of Cole Porter’s compositions and one of the world’s most celebrated live performers. Connick will delight audiences with a signature style that has been called by The New York Times “blatantly seductive” while celebrating Porter’s peerless contribution to the Great American Songbook.”
Connick has appeared on Broadway before, starring in such musical revivals as The Pajama Game and On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, as well as authoring the musical Thou Shalt Not. Television audiences will recognize him from his role as Dr. Leo Markus on the long-running situation comedy Will & Grace. He is a Grammy and Emmy Award-winning performer who has tackled the concert stage, Broadway, film, and television.
This all-new production is conceived and directed by Harry Connick, Jr. with scenic design by Beowulf Boritt and Alexis Distler, projection design by Beowulf Boritt and Caite Hevner and lighting design by Ken Billington. Prior to coming to Broadway, Connick is set to release his debut album on legendary Verve Records, True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter on Friday, October 25th. The album can be pre-ordered now.
Cole Porter composed for the Broadway stage for several decades, creating words and music for such shows as Anything Goes,Can-Can, DuBarry Was a Lady, Gay Divorce, Leave It To Me!, Out of This World, Panama Hattie, Silk Stockings, and the first Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Kiss Me, Kate. 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.”
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.
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