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CMU Theatre presents cabaret to raise funds for music theatre scholarships

Following the sold-out success of Broadway, Tin Pan Alley and the American Songbook last season, CMU's Department of Theatre Arts embarks on a three-year cycle celebrating the primary eight songwriters of The American Songbook. First up is Polar Opposites - Cole Porter and Irving Berlin on October 20 and 21 in the Moss Performing Arts Center's Mesa Experimental Theatre at 7:30pm.

The cabaret is directed and emceed by Jeremy R. Franklin and accompanied by Douglas Morrow.

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!

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.


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