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Hudson Theatre presents Cole Porter revue

Some of Cole Porter’s lyrics were considered “too darn hot” back in the day.

Some of Cole Porter’s lyrics were considered “too darn hot” back in the day.

Cole Porter’s beautiful songs are unforgettable.

Whether they are lyrical, such as Love for Sale, or infused with jumpy rhythms that make it impossible to stay still (some of his lyrics were just “too darn hot” to be played on the radio when they were first written), his contributions to the Great American Songbook remain classics. His work also brought jazz and symphonic writing together, as did George Gershwin’s.

Fans and would-be fans of Porter are in for a treat as the Hudson Music Club and the Hudson Village Theatre present Cole & Co., which originally played in 1975 at the Centaur.

At the time, Montreal Star critic Myron Galloway wrote: “In many ways Cole and Company is the best non-professional musical we’ve seen in town over the past decade. By all means see it.”

Written by Randy Davies and Clive Hill, the second act is re-written by Davies and Marie-Claude L’Ecuyer.

“It is a revue with a story,” Davis says. “It is 1940 and we are Cole Porter’s friends attending a party in a posh, New York penthouse. Over cocktails, we discuss his life, his work, share humorous anecdotes and sing many of his well-known songs as well as some lesser known. It’s a champagne tribute to a glittering age gone by, celebrating the genius who personified style, elegance and sophistication.”

Cole & Co. plays March 13-29 at the Hudson Village Theatre. 28 Wharf, Hudson. Tickets: $27-$29, seniors $23-$25. 450-458-5361.

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