Have a Cole Porter New Year’s Eve-Eve

Want to have an elegant holiday?  Want to escape the wet, slushy cold for the brisk sunny snow-less winter weather of Southern California? Escape to Los Angeles for an evening of Cole Porter music, stylish dancing on stage and  the possibility of romance with like-minded souls. All aboard for the Center Theatre Group’s special “Anything Goes” New Year’s Eve-Eve Singles Night.

You’ll have to book your own flight and hotel, but the rest is covered. Hunky dancer sailors and other “Anything Goes” cast members will attend the special early dinner at the supper club First & Hope Restaurant.  From 4 to 6 p.m., you’ll be eating jambalaya, black truffle macaroni and cheese, roasted rosemary garlic chicken au jus, Coca Cola braised short rib and grilled seasonal vegetables at this unassuming Art Deco New York Style dinner club. Of course, carefully selected white and red wines are included.

You’ll be walking over to the Sunday evening show of “Anything Goes” and sitting together in the mezzanine section $100 seats (included in the evening’s package).

Fans of the movie musical may also been surprised, but remember Hollywood often changes original musicals plot. In this case, Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse’s original book has been revised by Howard Lindsay and John Weidman. Yet “Anything Goes” has a history of revisions so purists shouldn’t be offended. The 1962 off-Broadway revival was revised, influenced by the movies. More Cole Porter songs were added such as “It’s De-Lovely” from “Red Hot and Blue” and “Friendship” from “DuBarry Was a Lady.”

The Tony Award-winning 1987 Broadway revival changed the order of some of the musical numbers and re-scored the music. It’s the revival of this 1987 version (which starred Patti Lupone) that opened on Broadway in 2011 with Sutton Foster playing Reno Sweeney. Foster went on to win a Tony for Best Actress. Rachel York takes Foster’s place on the national tour and her  Sweeney has plenty of glamour and she was able to muddle through a few technical problems with the microphones on opening night (for my full review)

After watching this cheery romance (6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.), while Cole Porter tunes are still running in your head, you’ll then skip back to First & Hope for post show champagne, coffee and tea and a luscious array of desserts: brownies, sugar cookies, profiteroles, peppermint marshmallows and a chocolate fountain. Cast members are expected to attend as well.

First & Hope’s swank Bar Fedora will also help get you into the mood with a bit of mood making lighting and some specially selected music.  The original costumes by designer Martin Pakledinaz will be on display. If that inspired you to find your inner glamour girl or channel the old Hollywood debonair air of say, Cary Grant, why not go tux and bow tie?

You don’t have to get all dolled up or dandified to attend. Holiday festive is requested. Dinner, delightful dancing and singing on-stage and the possibility of romance off-stage–what more can you ask as part of your New Year’s festivities?

For $98 what could be more delightful and delovely?  For more information, contact your social director for New Year’s Eve-Eve, Eileen Roberts at (213) 972-7249. The event is for adults. Parking is available at the Music Center parking lot off Grande Ave. for an additional fee of $9.

About Jana J. Monji

I've written for the Rafu Shimpo, LA Weekly, LA Times, Examiner.com and, more recently, the Pasadena Weekly and RogerEbert.com. I formerly worked for a dot-com more interested in yodeling than its customers.

Posted on December 16, 2012, in Special Events and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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