Cole Porter was often called the Bad Boy of Broadway for his philandering and nightclubbing, but as naughty as many New Yorkers claim he was, no one denies he was a musical genius who wrote more hit tunes than any composer of his era.
The Summerset Singers paid tribute to Porter's genius in Cole Porter! From Broadway to Hollywood last weekend in the Summerset Vista Recreation Center. The Singers performed 23 tunes from 13 Cole Porter shows. Nine tunes were sung by the complete chorus while another eight were performed solo or by duet/quartet. The remaining tunes were performed as a piano medley by Stan Stanley, who, as the evening's narrator, impersonated Cole Porter.
The chorus started the show with Anything Goes from the 1934 show of the same name. Romantic tunes such as Begin the Beguine (1935) and So in Love from 1948's Kiss Me Kate were interspersed with the comedic masterpieces My Heart Belongs to Daddy from Leave It to Me (1938) and I Hate Men from Kiss Me Kate.
Audience members Jane and Tom Marchi loved the show. I'm always amazed at how much talent exists in Summerset, said Jane. Eric Thompson, whose wife Catherine is the Summerset Singer's primary piano accompanist, said, It was great! What a wonderful show a lot of fun. Several attendees commented on the marvelous decorations that included a New York skyline, Cole Porter memorabilia, photos, place settings and simulated apartment d