High Society

(1956)

by Cole Porter

Description
musical show
Genres
Musicals
Text
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter. Book by Richard Eyre. Based on the play “The Philadelphia Story” by Philip Barry and the MGM Motion Picture “High Society
Instrumentation
Reed 1 (asax/cl (lead)/fl II); Reed 2 (asax/fl (lead)/picc); Reed 3 (tsax/cl/afl); Reed 4 (bsax/cl/bcl) - 1.3(I+III=flhn).3.0 - perc - drums - gtr(=banjo) - keybds - harp - 2 vln I.2 vln II.2vlc.1 db
First Performance
(stage adaptation) 25.02.87, Victoria Palace Theatre, London
Availability
Published by Warner/Chappell.  Administered for rental and amateur stage rights by Faber Music Ltd worldwide (excluding North America, Germany, Austria and Switzerland)
 
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The Story
High Society is a musical adaptation of “The Philadelphia Story” by Philip Barry.  The story is set in 1948
when Tracy Samantha Lord is about to marry her second husband, George Ketteridge.  Her mother, Mrs
Margaret Lord, and her younger sister, Dinah, are at the family mansion in Philadelphia supervising last
minute preparations.  Her father, Seth Lord, is absent, ostensibly on business.  Sydney Kidd, editor of “Spy” Magazine is determined to get the inside story on the wedding and blackmails Dexter Haven (Tracy’s first husband who is still coming to terms with the failure of their marriage) to arrange for two journalists, Liz Imbrie and Mike Connor, to pose as guests and obtain an exclusive story.  Tracy shows a great interest in Mike’s ambition to become a successful author, causing jealousy from both Liz and George; her erratic behaviour on the eve of the wedding leads to its demise just as the guests arrive for the ceremony.  The show’s finale is a spectacular double wedding; Tracy and Dexter and Liz and George! 
 
Principal Characters (plus Chorus) 
Tracy Lord
Dexter Haven
Liz Imbrie
Margaret Lord
George Ketteridge
Dinah Lord
Mike Connor
Seth Lord
Uncle Willie
 
Principal Musical Numbers 
High Society (Mike, Liz, Chorus)
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (Liz, Mike)
Hey, Good Lookin’ (Uncle Willie)
Well Did You Evah? (Tracy, Dexter, Mike, Liz)
Now You Has Jazz (Mike, Tracy, Chorus)
In The Still Of The Night (Liz)
 
(Courtesy Of National Film Archive/Stills Library)

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