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Town Hall Kicks Off Summer with Cole Porter’s Lost “Ambassador Revue”

This Friday, Town Hall will kick off its 2014 summer season with the American premiere of a lost Cole Porter treasure, “The Ambassador Revue”.  This one-night-only event will feature an all-star cast from the worlds of jazz, Broadway, opera and beyond:  Grammy Award-winning 1920s and 30s musical interpreters Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks (HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” Woody Allen’s Radio Days), as well as special guest stars including acclaimed soprano Amy Burton (The Metropolitan Opera, City Opera), Tony Award nominee Anita Gillette (30 Rock, They’re Playing Our Song), Jason Graae (Falsettos), and  two-time Tony nominee Tom Wopat (Dukes of HazzardAnnie Get Your Gun).

Today, Center On The Aisle was invited to attend a special rehearsal where the stars revealed a taste of what’s to come and preformed selections from this previously lost trove of Cole Porter songs. In fact, it wasn’t until Amy Burton (who will be a featured performer on Friday night) set out to record an album of songs celebrating France, that “The Ambassador Revue” came back to light.

In Burton’s research, she unearthed several songs from this revue that Porter wrote in the 20’s for Paris’ Cafe des Ambassadeurs, but were lost until her lucky find. She brought it to the attention of director Ken Bloom and musician Vince Giordano who then took on the work to find the remaining pieces and together, reassembled this special revue created in 1928 prior to Cole Porter’s breakthrough on Broadway.

“The Ambassador Revue” ill feature choreography by Randy Skinner and direction by author and musical theatre historian Ken Bloom (Broadway Musicals: The 101 Greatest Shows of All TimeThe American Songbook: The Singers, Songwriters & The Songs).

See photos below from today’s rehearsal of “The Ambassador Revue.” To purchase tickets for Friday night’s performance (8PM) visit Ticketmaster.com or the Town Hall box office at 123 West 43rd Street. 

The cast of "The Ambassador Revue"

The cast of “The Ambassador Revue”

Band leader, Vince Giordano shows off the original "Ambassador Revue" poster art from 1928

Band leader, Vince Giordano shows off the original “Ambassador Revue” poster art from 1928

Tom Wopat rehearses "Blue Hours" from "The Ambassador Revue"

Tom Wopat rehearses “Blue Hours” from “The Ambassador Revue”

Amy Burton rehearses "You and Me" from "The Ambassador Revue"

Amy Burton rehearses “You and Me” from “The Ambassador Revue”

Jason Graae rehearses a song from "The Ambassador Revue"

Jason Graae rehearses a song from “The Ambassador Revue”

Anita Gillette rehearses "Hans" from "The Ambassador Revue"

Anita Gillette rehearses “Hans” from “The Ambassador Revue”

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