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NOEL AND COLE (article first published : 2007-08-19)

Noel and Cole is an amusing, nostalgic, musical stroll down memory lane starring Anthony Stonier and celebrating the melodies and lyrics of Noel Coward and Cole Porter. Despite one being intrinsically English and the other All-American, they were both the epitome of style. Their wit and urbanity combined to capture the elegant era they shared.

Both Noel Coward and Cole Porter are synonymous with a bygone time. The name Coward puts one in mind of rapid-fire comedy songs, such as Mad Dogs and Englishmen and Donít put your Daughter on the Stage. Porter suggests jazzy standards and romantic ballads, such as Iíve got you under my Skin and Everytime we say Goodbye.

Few people realise that the two were good friends and in the course of their separate careers often stepped with ease into each others shoes. Coward, for example, wrote some beautiful ballads and jazz standards in a style reminiscent of Porter: Mad about the Boy and Someday I'll find You, spring to mind. Porter replied with such amusing songs as Letís do it and Letís Misbehave in a patter song genre, akin to Noel Coward.

Anthony Stonier returns to the Rhumbelow Theatre in this sparkling new show, in which he accompanies himself on the piano (with a little help from his friends!) The show will run from the October 12 to 14. Bookings through Roland on roland@stansell.za.net or 082 499 8636




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