Cole Porter's Greatest Hits | Music Institute of Chicago, Nichols Concert Hall | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Wednesdays, Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 12 2014
Price: $30-$60, half price for those 21 or younger
Light Opera Works' concert revue breezes through 39 tunes penned by Cole Porter between 1928 and 1956, reminding us of the prolificity and craftsmanship of this great American songwriter. Porter's melodic and harmonic inventiveness, literate wit, and sometimes startling bursts of passionate longing give the show a wide emotional range—from the playful exuberance of "Friendship" and "You're the Top" to the saucy naughtiness of "Let's Do It" and "My Heart Belongs to Daddy," from the droll irony of "Miss Otis Regrets" and "The Tale of the Oyster" to the aching intensity of "Night and Day," "So in Love," and "I've Got You Under My Skin." Under the guidance of director Rudy Hogenmiller and musical director (and pianist) Roger L. Bingaman, an excellent four-person ensemble in formalwear—Mary Robin Roth (a comic belter in the tradition of Ethel Merman and Kaye Ballard), lyric soprano Katelin Spencer, and baritenors James Harms and James Rank—deftly juggle campy comedy, showbiz bravura, and tender sincerity. —Albert Williams



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