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NOEL AND COLE (article first published : 2007-10-10)

Noel and Cole is an amusing nostalgic musical stroll down memory lane starring Anthony Stonier, celebrating the melodies and lyrics of Noel Coward and Cole Porter. Despite the 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 by-gone 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, Mrs Worthington. 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 otherís 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.

Shows take place on October 12 and 13 at 20h00 and on October 14 at 18h30. The venue opens 90 minutes before show for picnic dinner.

Tickets R70. Take along food picnic baskets and braais will be available. There is limited secure parking and booking is essential. A cash bar is available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises). Rhumbelow Theatre is situated in Cunningham Avenue off Bartle Road.

To book contact Roland on 031 205 7602 (h) or 082 499 8636, email roland@stansell.za.net or visit www.rhumbelow.za.net




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