Cole Porter

High Society
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter; Book by Arthur Kopit
Directed by Bill Millerd
Arts Club Theatre Company
Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage
May 10 to June 24, 2012

Todd Talbot and Jennifer Lines. Photo by Tim Matheson.Vancouver, BC: Having waltzed, foxtrotted and quickstepped across many ballrooms to many Cole Porter songs, I confess I am an unabashed fan of much of his music.

My favorite Porter musicals, "Anything Goes" and "Kiss Me Kate", are packed with songs that stick in your head and with versions by Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Frank Sinatra frequently playing as background accompaniment while I work, many of those lyrics are firmly engraved on my brain.

That being said, I have not seen either The Philadelphia Story nor the film version of High Society so after a light supper round the corner at Rangoli,  I came to see this musical with no preconceived expectations - and enjoyed the show a lot.

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