A fresh take on the sophisticated lyrics and melodies of Cole Porter
On January 24, 2014 International City Theatre (ICT) opens its 29th season with the California premiere of Let’s Misbehave: a new theatrical piece featuring the Music and Lyrics of Cole Porter, conceived by Karin Bowersock (book), Patrick Young (musical arrangements) and directed and choreographed by Todd Nielsen. With musical direction by Darryl Archibald and starring triple-threats Lindsey Alley (Ovation Award nominee), Marc Ginsburg and Jennifer Shelton.
Late one night in the glamorous 1930′s, three single witty friends make a pact to fall in love by the Fourth of July. As the hour gets later and the martinis get drier, it becomes clear that the two lovely ladies have each set their heart on the same leading man.
Let’s Misbehave weaves together over 30 classic songs by Cole Porter to tell the story of three single friends in 1930s New York who make a pact to find true love. Their quest is all in good fun – until the two women, Alice and Dorothy, find they both have eyes for Walter. It’s clever, funny, and irresistibly romantic, featuring songs like “Night and Day,” “Begin the Beguine” and “Anything Goes” from one of America’s most beloved and prolific musical theater composers.
“I like the fact that Let’s Misbehave isn’t just a revue,” says Shelton, an ICT regular who audiences will recognize from productions of Master Class, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Songs for a New World, Five Course Love, The Story, Honk! and Swinging on a Star. All the old Cole Porter favorites we know and love are there – but there are also some obscure songs that many people won’t recognize.”
Let’s Misbehave: The Music and Lyrics of Cole Porter runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., Jan. 24 throughFeb. 16. Two preview performances take place onWednesday, Jan. 22 and Thursday, Jan. 23 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $42on Thursdays and $47 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, except opening night (Jan. 24) for which tickets are $52 and includes a post-performance dessert reception with the actors, or $125, which also includes a pre-show dinner and short talk about Cole Porter (tables for 10 available for $1000). Preview tickets are $32.
International City Theatre is located in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center at 300 E. Ocean Blvd. in Long Beach, CA 90802. For reservations and information, call the ICT Box Office at 562-436-4610or www.InternationalCityTheatre.org.
Conceived by Karin Bowersock and Patrick Young
Book by Karin Bowersock
Musical arrangements by Patrick Young
Directed and Choreographed by Todd Nielsen
Musical Director Darryl Archibald
Starring Lindsey Alley, Marc Ginsburg and Jennifer Shelton
Produced by Caryn Desai
Previews: Jan. 22 and Jan. 23 at 8 p.m.
Performances: Jan. 24 – Feb. 16
Wednesday at 8 p.m.: Jan. 22 only (preview)
Thursdays at 8 p.m.: Jan. 23 (preview), 30; Feb. 6, 13
Fridays at 8 p.m.: Jan. 24 (Opening Night), 31; Feb. 7, 14
Saturdays at 8 p.m.: Jan. 25; Feb. 1. 8, 15
Sundays at 2 p.m.: Jan. 26; Feb. 2, 9, 16
INTERNATIONAL CITY THEATRE
Long Beach Performing Arts Center
300 East Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802