Friday 12 July

The Cole Porter Songbook

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Time 7:30pm
National Concert Hall Dublin

Tickets: from €15 more info

  • Wayne Marshall
  • Kim Criswell

Internationally acclaimed star of Broadway and the West End Kim Criswell joins the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Wayne Marshall for an unforgettable tribute to the genius of songwriter extraordinaire Cole Porter.

In a career that embraced Broadway, Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley, Porter produced more than 1,200 songs, many of which have become standards of the Great American Songbook. Held in the highest esteem by legendary peers such as Irving Berlin, Porter was all but unique in writing both music and lyrics, a quality the similarly talented Berlin paid tribute to when he said: ‘I still say, to paraphrase an old bar-room ballad, “Anything I can do, you can do better”’.

In what promises to be an unforgettable evening, Porter’s endless gift for pulse-quickening melodies and memorably witty, sophisticated lyrics (often banned by the censors) is revealed in luxurious orchestral splendour and by one of the truly great music theatre voices of our age.

Early, career-making triumphs are here in abundance: the risqué naughtiness of ‘Let’s Do It’ (from the hit musical Paris), the delightfully love-drunk ‘I Get a Kick Out of You’ (Anything Goes) and the sublime ‘Begin the Beguine’, the stand-out song from Jubilee, included.

The hits don’t end there: ‘Love for Sale’, ‘Night and Day’, ‘I Love Paris’, ‘My Heart Belongs to Daddy’ and ‘It’s De-Lovely’ all celebrate Porter’s timeless brilliance.

Kiss Me Kate, Porter’s late masterpiece re-working of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, is on display, too, with its raucous, romantic, ravishing ‘Overture’, the exuberant ‘Another Op’nin’, Another Show’, heady delirium of ‘So in Love’ and ardent emotional intensity of ‘Were Thine that Special Face’.

And expect a few unfamiliar gems from a bottomless Broadway treasure-trove including Rosalie, Red, Hot and Blue!, Panama Hattie, Nymph Errant and Can-Can.