Wake Up and Dream
Wake Up and Dream is a musical revue with a book by John Hastings Turner and music and lyrics by Cole Porter and others. The most famous song from the revue is the Porter standard "What Is This Thing Called Love?" The revue opened in London. Producer Charles B. Cochran asked Porter to write the score though in their previous dealings Porter had treated him with some discourtesy. Opening on December 30, 1929, the production was the last to open on Broadway in the 1920s; the title would be used for unrelated films in 1934, 1942 and 1946. The show was a revue with 24 sets, 500 costumes, a large international cast, "a thread of a book." The song "Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love" had "sensual choreography," and was set in front of a large African idol, with a tom-tom beat with Tilly Losch dancing and Elsie Carlisle singing in torch singer style. The elaborate ballet for the song "Wake Up and Dream" uses history. "Coppélia" is danced. According to critic Brooks Atkinson of The New York Times, "A'Gothic' number, to music by Bach, brings the reverence of the cathedral into the theatre."
Several songs in the London production, most notably "Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love", were not included in the Broadway version. The piece was called Charles B. Cochran's 1929 Revue. Tryouts began on 5 March 1929 at the Palace Theatre in England, it opened on 27 March 1929 at the London Pavilion and ran for 263 performances. The production was directed by Frank Collins with choreography by Jack Buchanan, Tilly Losch, Max Rivers, with a cast that featured Jessie Matthews, Sonnie Hale, Tillie Losch, Douglas Byng and Elsie Carlisle. After the London production closed, a Broadway production opened at the Selwyn Theatre on 30 December 1929 and closed on 26 April 1930 after 136 performances. Produced by Arch Selwyn in association with Cochran, the London director and choreographers reprised their work, the cast featured Jack Buchanan and Losch; the London show had mixed reviews from the critics but still had a run of 263 performances, but the 1929 stock market crash affected the Broadway box office.
Brooks Atkinson wrote that when the revue was at its best "which is not all the time, it is entertainment of a superior style--light and beautiful... For half the length of the new revue... the superb grace of the dancing... the dainty, wry touch of comedy... the meaningful splendor of the costumes, the lyrics, the frank make-believe of the scenery turn this revue into a hippodrome of civilized delights. But when the material is flimsy, as it is through most of the second half, the perfection of the talent is wasted."The critic for The New Yorker wrote that it was "one of the dullest revues put on the local boards." However, columnist Walter Winchell praised the revue and Porter's songs noting that "What is This Thing Called Love?" was one of the "newest breed of love songs." Citron, Stephen. Noel & Cole. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 0-634-09302-9 Schwartz, Charles. Cole Porter: A Biography, New York: Da Capo Press. ISBN 0-306-80097-7 Wake Up and Dream at the Internet Broadway Database Wake Up and Dream at MusicalHeaven.com Wake Up and Dream London Production with information about recordings 2002 recording
Nymph Errant is a musical with music and lyrics by Cole Porter and book by Romney Brent based upon the novel by James Laver. The somewhat controversial story concerned a young English lady intent upon losing her virginity. Porter considered the score his best because of sexual sophistication; the musical was produced in London in 1933 and received its US premiere in 1982. Charles B. Cochran, the producer, bought the stage rights in 1933 to the book by James Laver, a young author and Keeper at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Gertrude Lawrence convinced Cochran to turn the novel into a musical rather than a straight play, his initial intention; when Noël Coward turned down the offer to write the music, Cochran asked Porter. Because the musical was so "English" it did not run in film. Fox Film or 20th Century Fox bought the film rights but never made the film in the 1930s but used some of those rights when they made Star! with Julie Andrews. Porter referred to the show as his favorite. Nymph Errant had its tryout at the Opera House, starting 11 September 1933.
The musical opened in the West End at the Adelphi Theatre, London on 6 October 1933 and ran for 154 performances. Romney Brent directed and choreography was by Agnes de Mille; the cast featured Gertrude Lawrence as Evangeline Edwards, Elisabeth Welch as Haidee Robinson, Moya Nugent as Miss Pratt, David Burns as Constantine. The decor and costumes were designed by Doris Zinkeisen; the US premiere was the Equity Library Theatre, New York City production in March–April 1982. A concert performance was given at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London, on 21 May 1989. Directed by Christopher Renshaw, the concert cast included Kaye Ballard, Lisa Kirk, Maureen McGovern, Patricia Hodge. A recording of this performance was released on CD by EMI; the Shaw Festival at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario staged the musical for a short late-season run in 1989. A Developmental Production was presented in 1999 by Village Theatre. San Francisco's 42nd Street Moon produced the U. S. West Coast premiere in October, 1998, they revived the show again in 2011.
The musical ran at the Chichester Festival Theatre in August 1999. It was presented by The Medicine Show Theatre, New York City, in February 2004. Act 1, Scene 1. Oxford, England While visiting Ermyntrude Edwards for afternoon tea, Edith Sanford and the Reverend Malcolm Pither argue about the ability of an English lady to travel the Continent alone, unmolested; the tea ends with Pither promising to find a young and virginal Englishwoman, who has made such a trip, to parade in front of Edith. Act 1, Scene 2. Lausanne, Switzerland Evangeline joins her friends in her dormitory, to pack up for her trip home after having completed her time at the Pensionnat Bellevue, a finishing school in Lausanne, Switzerland, they speak of sex, while enjoying Bertha's "special" cocoa. Evangeline finds; as they finish their cocoa and feverishly finish packing, Miss Pratt, their beloved Chemistry teacher, entreats them to "combine scientific and earthly pursuits". Act 1, Scene 3. Lausanne, Switzerland Evangeline meets André de Croissant, a French theatrical producer, in a railway carriage as she travels back to Oxford.
André begins to seduce Evangeline, offering to take her to France and to make her a star in his next Folies. Evangeline is becoming swayed. André suggests a trip to Neauville-Sur-Mer. Madame Arthur, a fashion designer, her son Hercule enter the carriage, they provide Evangeline and Croissant with an impromptu fashion show. Evangeline is shocked at the price of a single dress. However, when André purchases five dresses for her, she remembers to "experiment" and accepts the dresses, she has been seduced. Act 1, Scene 4. Neuville, France The scene opens with the beach crowd singing the virtues and pitfalls of an afternoon at the beach. Madame Arthur and Hercule are chatting when a Russian violinist joins them. Alexei tries to explain to Madame Arthur the "Russian soul". Count Mantalini joins the trio, wonders what Alexei is depressed about. After some prodding, Alexei admits that he is in love with an English girl, a friend of de Croissant, Evangeline. Madame Arthur promises to introduce Alexei to Evangeline.
Clarissa Parks, a cocotte, tries to join the group. She is rebuffed by Madame Arthur, much to the chagrin of Count Mantalini; as she looks back at the others, she sings. Evangeline and André enter to find Evangeline's school friend and Evangeline discovers that Madeleine has been a kept women, sent to Lausanne because her lover wanted a mistress with social polish. Evangeline tells her tale of meeting André, that he treats her like a daughter, not a lover; as they catch up, Madame Arthur interjects herself to introduce Mantalini. André receives a call announcing that he has received the financial backing needed to mount his next production. However, Evangeline decides. Andre promptly takes Madeleine to Paris to be his star. Mantalini takes advantage of the situation to suggest a trip with Evangeline to Venice, she reluctantly agrees, Mantalini is off to make preparations. Once gone, Alexei comes back and expresses his love for Evangeline and begs her to go with him to Paris; when Alexei tells her to "jump i
Mexican Hayride (musical)
Mexican Hayride is a musical with a book by Herbert Fields and Dorothy Fields and music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The show opened on Broadway in 1944. Produced by Michael Todd, out of town tryouts began at the Shubert Theatre, Boston on December 29, 1943; the production opened on Broadway on January 28, 1944 at the Winter Garden Theatre, moved to the Majestic Theatre on December 18, 1944 and closed on March 17 1945 after 481 performances. The production was staged by Hassard Short, the lighting designer, with choreography by Paul Haakon, set by George Jenkins and costumes by Mary Grant. Various segments were separately directed. Dan Eckley directed the opening dance; the cast featured June Havoc, George Givot Wilbur Evans and Paul Haakon. In 2011, LOST MUSICALS™, aka The Lost Musicals Charitable Trust 1069268, presented'Mexican Hayride' in London's Sadler's Wells Theatre. Ian Marshall Fisher directed, Michael Haslam Music Director, cast included Louise Gold, Graham Bickley, Michael Roberts. After fighting a bull in Mexico, Montana, a lady bullfighter, is about to throw the ear to David, the American chargé d'affaires.
When she spots the fugitive, she angrily throws the ear at him, as he is her brother-in-law. Since he has caught the ear, he becomes an honored guest. Joe joins with a speculator to form a national lottery. Mexican authorities go after they are forced to flee, they show up as mariachi players, as tortilla vendors, or as an Indian squaw. They are snared and Joe has to return to the U. S. to face trial. Montana and David are reunited. Life Magazine called the musical "Broadway's flashiest and most opulent show of the moment" but wrote that "despite its colossal aspects, it ends up as a showcase for the talents of two performers: loping, braying Bobby Clark and hoydenish, streamlined June Havoc. Clark clowns his way through the part of a U. S. confidence man... Miss Havoc, in the role of an American girl who becomes one of Mexico's most famous bullfighters, emerges as a personality more engaging than her better-known sister, Gypsy Rose Lee. Both she and Clark are wonderful enough to make audiences forgive'Hayride' its sleazy book and a Cole Porter score, a sad reminder that the composer of'Night and Day' seems, at least temporarily, to have written himself dry."
"The production was lavish, with a delectable chorus line. One critic felt that the production itself was the star." The Journal-American reviewer wrote:"Broadway in general, the drama critics in particular, can continue their custom of writing the word'fabulous' in front of the name of Mike Todd. For the truth is that last night the fabulous Todd produced a musical comedy so funny, so tuneful, so beautiful, that you could hardly believe your ears and eyes." A cast recording of the original production is available. It was issued in 1944 on Decca; the film version of Mexican Hayride became a vehicle for Abbott and Costello and used no Cole Porter songs from the musical. Mexican Hayride at the Internet Broadway Database
Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby was an American singer and actor. The first multimedia star, Crosby was a leader in record sales, radio ratings, motion picture grosses from 1931 to 1954, his early career coincided with recording innovations that allowed him to develop an intimate singing style that influenced many male singers who followed him, including Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Dick Haymes, Dean Martin. Yank magazine said that he was "the person who had done the most for the morale of overseas servicemen" during World War II. In 1948, American polls declared him the "most admired man alive", ahead of Jackie Robinson and Pope Pius XII. In 1948, Music Digest estimated that his recordings filled more than half of the 80,000 weekly hours allocated to recorded radio music. Crosby won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Father Chuck O'Malley in the 1944 motion picture Going My Way and was nominated for his reprise of the role in The Bells of St. Mary's opposite Ingrid Bergman the next year, becoming the first of six actors to be nominated twice for playing the same character.
In 1963, Crosby received the first Grammy Global Achievement Award. He is one of 33 people to have three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in the categories of motion pictures and audio recording, he was known for his collaborations with longtime friend Bob Hope, starring in the Road to... films from 1940 to 1962. Crosby influenced the development of the postwar recording industry. After seeing a demonstration of a German broadcast quality reel-to-reel tape recorder brought to America by John T. Mullin, he invested $50,000 in a California electronics company called Ampex to build copies, he convinced ABC to allow him to tape his shows. He became the first performer to pre-record his radio shows and master his commercial recordings onto magnetic tape. Through the medium of recording, he constructed his radio programs with the same directorial tools and craftsmanship used in motion picture production, a practice that became an industry standard. In addition to his work with early audio tape recording, he helped to finance the development of videotape, bought television stations, bred racehorses, co-owned the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team.
Crosby was born on May 3, 1903 in Tacoma, Washington, in a house his father built at 1112 North J Street. In 1906, his family moved to Spokane and in 1913, his father built a house at 508 E. Sharp Avenue; the house sits on the campus of Gonzaga University. It functions today as a museum housing over 200 artifacts from his life and career, including his Oscar, he was the fourth of seven children: brothers Laurence Earl, Everett Nathaniel, Edward John, George Robert. His parents were Harry Lowe Crosby, a bookkeeper, Catherine Helen "Kate", his mother was a second generation Irish-American. His father was of English descent. Through another line on his father's side, Crosby is descended from Mayflower passenger William Brewster. On November 8, 1937, after Lux Radio Theatre's adaptation of She Loves Me Not, Joan Blondell asked Crosby how he got his nickname: Crosby: "Well, I'll tell you, back in the knee-britches day, when I was a wee little tyke, a mere broth of a lad, as we say in Spokane, I used to totter around the streets, with a gun on each hip, my favorite after school pastime was a game known as "Cops and Robbers", I didn't care which side I was on, when a cop or robber came into view, I would haul out my trusty six-shooters, made of wood, loudly exclaim bing! bing!, as my luckless victim fell clutching his side, I would shout bing! bing!, I would let him have it again, as his friends came to his rescue, shooting as they came, I would shout bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing! bing!"Blondell: "I'm surprised they didn't call you "Killer" Crosby!
Now tell me another story, Grandpa! Crosby: "No, so help me, it's the truth, ask Mister De Mille."De Mille: "I'll vouch for it, Bing."That story was pure whimsy for dramatic effect and the truth is that a neighbor - Valentine Hobart - named him "Bingo from Bingville" after a comic feature in the local paper called "The Bingville Bugle" which the young Harry liked. In time, Bingo got shortened to Bing. In 1917, Crosby took a summer job as property boy at Spokane's "Auditorium," where he witnessed some of the finest acts of the day, including Al Jolson, who held him spellbound with ad libbing and parodies of Hawaiian songs, he described Jolson's delivery as "electric."Crosby graduated from Gonzaga High School in 1920 and enrolled at Gonzaga University. He did not earn a degree; as a freshman, he played on the university's baseball team. The university granted him an honorary doctorate in 1937. Today, Gonzaga University houses a large collection of photographs and other material related to Crosby.
In 1923, Crosby was invited to join a new band composed of high school students a few years younger than himself. Al Rinker, Miles Rinker, James Heaton, Claire Pritchard and Robert Pritchard, along with drummer Crosby, formed the Musicaladers, who performed at dances both for high school students and club-goers; the group disbanded after two years. Crosby and Al Rinker obtained work at the Clemmer Theatre in Spokane. Crosby was a member of a vocal trio called'The Three Harmo
Red, Hot and Blue
Red and Blue is a stage musical with music and lyrics by Cole Porter and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. It premiered on Broadway in 1936 and introduced the popular song "It's De-Lovely," sung by Ethel Merman and Bob Hope; the musical has no connection to the 1949 film musical of the same name with songs by Frank Loesser. Nails O'Reilly Duquesne is a newly wealthy young widow. Loud and brassy, Nails is a former manicurist, she organizes a benefit for the rehabilitation of ex-convicts. Together with her sidekick, Policy Pinkle, her "square" boyfriend, lawyer Bob Hale, she embarks on a nationwide search for Bob's old girlfriend, the reason for the enterprise; the girlfriend, 18 years earlier, had sat upon a hot waffle iron and so had a unique "imprint". However, the national lottery that Nails starts gets the attention of the Finance Committee, they wind up in Washington DC in an more complicated situation; the Supreme Court declares the lottery unconstitutional, because it would benefit the people
High Society (1956 film)
High Society is a 1956 American romantic musical comedy film directed by Charles Walters and starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra. The film was produced by Sol C. Siegel for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, shot in VistaVision and Technicolor, with music and lyrics by Cole Porter; the film is a musical remake of the 1940 film The Philadelphia Story starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, based on the play The Philadelphia Story by Philip Barry. High Society's screenplay was written by John Patrick and involves a successful popular jazz musician who tries to win back the affections of his ex-wife, preparing to marry another man; the cast features Celeste Holm, John Lund and Louis Calhern, in his final film, with a musical contribution by Louis Armstrong. High Society was the last film appearance of Grace Kelly, before she became Princess consort of Monaco; the successful jazz musician C. K. Dexter Haven is divorced from wealthy Newport, Rhode Island, socialite Tracy Samantha Lord, but remains in love with her.
She, however, is about to get married to a bland gentleman of George Kittredge. Spy Magazine, a fictional tabloid newspaper in possession of embarrassing information about Tracy's father, sends reporter Mike Connor and photographer Liz Imbrie to cover the nuptials. Tracy begins an elaborate charade as a private means of revenge, introducing her Uncle Willy as her proper father Seth Lord and the latter as her "wicked" Uncle Willy. Connor falls in love with Tracy, who must choose among three different men in a course of self-discovery. After becoming tipsy at a party on the eve of her wedding and going off with Connor for a romantic swim, Tracy decides to go through with it until Kittredge takes umbrage. While in the process of telling her guests that the wedding is off, Tracy is surprised by a proposal from Dexter to take the groom's place. Realizing where her heart is, she accepts. Bing Crosby as C. K. Dexter Haven Grace Kelly as Tracy Samantha Lord Frank Sinatra as Macaulay "Mike" Connor Celeste Holm as Liz Imbrie John Lund as George Kittredge Louis Calhern as Uncle Willie Sidney Blackmer as Seth Lord Louis Armstrong and His Band as themselves Edmond Hall – Clarinetist Trummy Young – Trombonist Billy Kyle – Pianist Arvell Shaw – Bassist Barrett Deems – Drummer Margalo Gillmore as Mrs. Seth Lord Lydia Reed as Caroline Lord Gordon Richards as Dexter Haven's butler Richard Garrick as Lords' butler Filming took place between January and March 1956.
The film was shot in and around Clarendon Court in Newport, Rhode Island, owned by Mae Cadwell Hayward, purchased in 1970 by Claus von Bulow. The location, according to Turner Classic Movies, enabled them to take advantage of the Newport Jazz Festival, established in 1954, incorporating it into the film by giving Crosby's character a background as a descendant of a Gilded Age robber baron who became a jazz composer and friend of jazz star Louis Armstrong, who plays himself in the film, patron of the Festival; as name-checked by Crosby in the song "Now You Has Jazz", where each musician takes a small solo, Armstrong's band includes: Edmond Hall, Trummy Young, Billy Kyle, Arvell Shaw, Barrett Deems. This film featured Kelly's final role. In the film, Kelly wore the Cartier engagement ring given to her by Rainier. Sinatra was 40 and Crosby 53 while playing the love interests of Kelly, only 26 during the filming. Sinatra biographers George Jacobs and William Stadiem make the claim that Crosby kept his distance from Sinatra during the production and remained professional when Sinatra desired companionship, that it "killed" Sinatra to think that Crosby considered himself a higher class singer.
However this is refuted by TCM, which states that "in spite of a rumored rivalry between Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, the two worked together amicably during the shoot."They claim that Sinatra was fascinated with Grace Kelly – as were many of her previous co-stars – and would have loved to have an affair with her but feared rejection and embarrassment in front of Crosby, who had had an affair with Kelly. The sailboat used in the film, the True Love, now sails on Seneca Lake out of Watkins Glen, NY as an excursion boat for Schooner Excursions, Inc. Producer Sol C. Siegel paid Porter $250,000 for his first original film score in eight years. Not only did Sinatra and Crosby collaborate for the first time, but behind the scenes two master orchestrators – Conrad Salinger and Nelson Riddle – melded their arrangements under the baton of Johnny Green. Armstrong and his band get a couple of standout moments and Kelly has her only role in a musical. "Overture" "High Society Calypso" – Armstrong & his band "Little One" – C.
K. "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" – Mike, Liz "True Love" – C. K. Tracy "You're Sensational" – Mike "I Love You, Samantha" – C. K. "Now You Has Jazz" – C. K. Armstrong & his band, individually introduced by name "Well, Did You Evah!" – C. K. Mike "Mind if I Make Love to You?" – MikeA soundtrack album was released the year of the film's release and was a major success in both America and the United Kingdom. It has been said that one of the main reasons star Sinatra was drawn to the film was a mock-tipsy duet with his boyhood idol Crosby on "Well, Did You Evah!"
You Never Know (musical)
You Never Know is a musical with a book by Rowland Leigh, adapted from the original European play By Candlelight, by Siegfried Geyer and Karl Farkas, with music by Cole Porter and Robert Katscher, lyrics by Cole Porter, additional lyrics by Leigh and Edwin Gilbert, directed by Leigh, songs by others. The show was written not long after the riding accident that left Porter semi-crippled, is considered one of the flops he wrote before his return to prominence with Kiss Me, Kate; the show was first produced in Europe with a small cast, but the Shubert Brothers, did not want to produce it with no chorus or large stage numbers. They hired Porter and other composers to write extra material, when it premiered on Broadway in 1938 it was no longer a chamber musical, but a typical 1930s "big musical". Maria, maid to Mme. Baltin, impersonates her mistress while carrying out an assignation with the Baron de Romer's valet, whom she believes to be the Baron himself; the Baron discovers the pair, being a good sport, he assumes the role of his servant in order to assist Gaston in his romantic pursuit.
When Mme. Baltin discovers her maid's deceit, she is less of a good sport and exposes the masquerade. All ends though, as the foursome sup by candlelight. Other characters include the Baron's gregarious friend Ida Courtney and Mme. Baltin's cheating husband, the dry goods king of France. Cut SongsI'll Black His Eyes I'm Yours What a Priceless Pleasure Just One Step Ahead of Love Ha, ha, ha The Cafe Society Set I'm Back in Circulation I'm Going in for Love It's No Laughing Matter1991 Pasadena Song List Produced by John Shubert, the Broadway production, opened on September 21, 1938 at the Winter Garden Theatre, where it ran for 78 performances, after tryouts in New Haven, Washington, Philadelphia and Indianapolis, among others; the cast featured Clifton Webb, Lupe Vélez, Libby Holman, Toby Wing, Rex O'Malley. It was staged Off-Broadway at the Eastside Playhouse from March 12 to March 18 1973, lasting only 8 performances; the show was directed and production design by Robert Troie and musically directed by Walter Geismar.
The show starred Esteban Chalbaud, Lynn Fitzpatrick, Dan Held, Rod Loomis, Grace Theveny, Jamie Thomas. The number Greek To You, They All Fall In Love, You've Got That Thing was added. In 1975, there was a regional production of the show put on in Ogunquit, Maine at the Ogunquit Playhouse from August 4 to August 9; the show starred Bob Wright, Kitty Carlisle, Joe Masiell, Bernice Massi. This production added Porter numbers from other works, including the songs After You, Who?, Greek To You, It Must Be Fun To Be You, Waltz Down The Aisle, What A Fair Thing Is A Woman, What Does Your Servant Dream About?, Who Knows?. May 26, 1991 was the opening night of You Never Know at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, California; the show was directed by Paul Lazarus, musical director John McDaniel, set design James Leonard Joy, lighting design Martin Aronstein, costume design Reve Richards, sound design Jack Allaway, choreography by Thommie Walsh, musical supervision and orchestrations Steve Orich. The show starred David Garrison, Harry Groener, Kurt Knudson, Donna McKechnie, Megan Mullally, Angela Teek.
There was an Off-Broadway revival in 1996 at the Paper Mill Playhouse. The show was directed by Charles Repole, set design Michael Anania, costumes by Gregg Barnes, lighting Tom Sturge, sound David R. Paterson, music direction John Mulcahy, choreography by Michael Lichtefeld; the show starred Stephanie Douglas, Nancy Hess, Tom Ligon, Michael O'Steen, John Scherer, KT Sullivan. It had a limited run from April 14–24 2009 at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre; the show was directed by Thomas Sabella-Mills, lighting design Yingzhi Zhang, musical direction by James Stenborg. The show starred James Zanelli, Kevin Kraft, Kate Marilley, Jennifer Evans, Christy Morton, Bill Coyne, Todd Faulkner. Critical reception was poor for the original production, the show closed after 78 performances and after a salary cut for the cast. Variety had noted, "a limited stay is indicated," and The New Yorker wrote, "it is sad to see so many handsome and talented people wandering helplessly around a stage." In the Times, Brooks Atkinson wrote that Clifton Webb "has a whole bookcase stacked against him...handfuls of bad jokes innuendoes with the delicacy of an elephant stampede."
Sylvie Drake of the Los Angeles Times said of the 1991 production, " What we do know is that Lazarus has created a pleasant surprise: a chamber musical that's something of a mix of Porter and Georges Feydeau, based on an urbane drawing-room farce with a French-Viennese flavor... It is classy, happy, with terrific music and a cast of six."Alvin Klein of the New York Times said of the 1996 Papermill show, "Theatre buffs get a kick out of making wish lists of lost musicals, ripe for revival. But not You Never Know. To see the show...is to know why a justly disregarded Cole Porter fiasco of 1938 is unlikely to survive the enlightened scrutiny – the escapist fantasies – of modern sensibilities."Howard Kissel of the Daily News said of the 1996 production, "The sets and costumes are gorgeous, the tap-dancing is jolly. Whatever its shortcomings, "You Never Know" gives you a wonderful sense of discovery."Robert L. Daniels of Variety said of the 1996 production, "It is frightfully simple as staged and acted lacking in wit and barr