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Oh Coward! celebrates the work and life of Noël Coward, a legendary British playwright, author, composer, actor and singer. Before he died, Sir Noël Coward was asked about his perspective on the concept of a "perfect life," to which he unhesitatingly responded "Mine." As 2014 marks the one hundred and fifteenth birth year of the quintessential artist, theatre companies all around the globe are celebrating his legendary work by performing revivals. Since Noël Coward penned over sixty plays, three hundred songs, numerous books of poetry, memoirs and diaries, there is quite a wide range of material to choose from. Bristol Valley Theater will soon be celebrating a sparking revue of the compositions of the comic master. Oh Coward! tickets will introduce you to the writings of the English genius by featuring a revue of his songs. Bring your dear ones along to share the amazing experience.
Fashioned by Roderick Cook, Oh Coward! premiered as an Off-Broadway performance in 1972. Two hundred and ninety four performances were conducted at the New Theatre featuring Jamie Ross, Cook and Barbara Cason along with other cast members. Oh Coward! made its way to the Criterion Theatre in 1975 for the London Production. The cast for the production included Geraldine McEwan, Cook and Ross. In 1986, the show opened doors to Broadway and performed fifty six performances at the Helen Hayes Theatre. Once again the director Cook joined the cast along with Patrick Quinn and Catherine Cox. The success of the show can be gauged by the Tony Award nominations that followed.
Director Stephen Terrell put a lot of thought into the revival of Oh Coward! He managed to bring out the humor and pathos in Noël Coward's work with perfect balance. Given the modern audience, he meticulously worked on keeping the tracks and writings of the artist fresh, so that the targeted audience is not alienated and comprehends it well. Reason being, most of the theatre-goers will be unaware of the references depicted in the tracks. Keeping in view the style of the legend himself, Terrell directed the show to move at a brisk yet comprehendible pace.
The story of the show revolves around themes such as women, travel, England, love and theatre. It also included sketches such as "London Pastoral" that describes the joy spring brings in London as well as a "Family Album" that represents the not-so-bright relatives all of us have. The first act of the show depicts the 'English Music Hall' years of Noël. The act primarily includes his trademark style of rapid-fire patter tracks The Stately Homes of England, Has Anybody Seen our Ship? and Mad Dogs and Englishmen amongst others.
The second act however describes the sophisticated side of the artist which includes the Cafe Society parties along with the setting of several of his plays. It beautifully comes out with tracks I Went to a Marvelous Party and Mad About the Boy amongst others.
The costumes and sets designed by Michael Olich are wonderful. The first half features flamboyant reds along with painted drops whereas the second half is all about tuxedos and evening gowns in black and white shades. Carol Wells praises the show in Special to The Oregonian describing its music as "jolly", the language as "masterful" and the delivery as "perfection." Do visit the venue to watch the awe-inspiring show featuring the biography of the legendary Noël Coward. Oh Coward! tickets are now open for the show scheduled to be held at Bristol Valley Theater. Get yours today before they all sell out.