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Polar Opposites: Cole Porter and Irving Berlin

A Bravo Cabaret
Part I of III of the American Songbook Cycle

Dates: October 20 and 21; 7:30pm
Location: Mesa Experimental Theatre
Prices: $10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 students
Rating: PG
Seating: General
Sponsor: Jeremy Franklin

Following the sold-out success of Broadway, Tin Pan Alley, and the American Songbook last season, one of our patrons expressed joy about the cabaret and added, “But you know, you haven’t even scratched the surface of that age of music.” We agreed! So this year we begin a three-year cycle celebrating the primary eight songwriters of The American Songbook. Look for The Jazz Influence: The Gershwins, Duke Ellington and Harold Arlen in 2018 and Musical Comedy & Tin Pan Alley: Rodgers & Hart, Johnny Mercer and Jerome Kern in 2019.

Irving Berlin was the son of a Jewish cantor who immigrated to US from Siberia. He wrote around 1500 songs (including the beloved “White Christmas” and “God Bless America”) but never learned to read or write music notation. On the other hand, Cole Porter was born in Indiana to wealthy Protestants and studied both at Yale and Harvard. The playboy spent his evenings in the lap of luxury while turning out favorites like “Let’s Misbehave” and “Night and Day.” While Berlin wrote simple rhymes and tunes about hearth and home, Porter wrote complex rhymes and rhythms that boasted of sophistication and were often filled with sexual innuendo.  Join us as we explore the lives and music of these polar opposites!

Learn about the songs featured in Polar Opposites — Director of Music Theatre Jeremy Franklin has filled a playlist of his favorite (and a few bizarrely interesting) covers of the songs featured in the cabaret!