April 14 - 26, 2009

You Never Know
(Cole Porter)

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Cole Porter’s love affair with Paris continued with this delightful farce. Master and servant switch places and fall in love with mistress and maid, who have also switched places. You Never Know opened at the Winter Garden theatre on September 21, 1938 and ran for three months.  It had music and lyrics by Cole Porter and a libretto by Rowland Leigh.  It starred Clifton Webb, Lupe Velez, Libby Homan.

Directed and Choreographed by Thomas Sabella-Mills
Music Director, Vocal Arranger James Stenborg
Additional Musical Arrangements  by Steve Orich
Concepts and dialogue from the adaptation by Paul Lazarus
Producer Mel Miller
Lighting/Stage Manager Yingzhi Zhang
Casting Director Stephen DeAngelis
Graphics & Direct Mail Design James Babbin

With Bill Coyne*, Jennifer Evans*, Todd Faulkner*, Kevin Kraft*, Kate Marilley*, Christy Morton*, James Zanelli*

* Denotes Actors Equity Member

SCENES AND MUSICAL NUMBERS
Paris, 1929.  The Apartment of Baron Ferdinand Rommer

 ACT I
I AM GASTON - Gaston
BY CANDLE LIGHT** - Baron
MARIA - Gaston
JUST ONE STEP AHEAD OF LOVE** - Ida
I’M BACK IN CIRCULATION** - Ida
I’M YOURS** - Gaston
FROM ALPHA TO OMEGA - Gaston, Maria
YOU NEVER KNOW - Gaston
WHAT SHALL I DO?** - Maria
I’LL BLACKEN HIS EYES!** - Herr Baltin, Baron, Gaston

 ACT II
FOR NO RHYME OR REASON - Gaston, Maria
GOOD EVENING PRINCESS - Baron, Maria
AT LONG LAST LOVE - Gaston
I’M YOURS (reprise)** - Baron, Maria
WHAT A PRICELESS PLEASURE** - Waiter 
I’M GOING IN FOR LOVE** - Mme. Baltin
WHAT SHALL I DO? (reprise)** - Mme. Baltin
WHAT IS THAT TUNE? - Gaston, Maria
IT’S NO LAUGHING MATTER** - Gaston, Baron
BY CANDLE LIGHT - Gaston
FINALE - Company

 ** All written by Cole Porter but not in the Broadway production.

Setting the Stage for YOU NEVER KNOW

Hit Songs of 1938: A Tisket-A Tasket;  Change Partners; Falling in Love with Love; Heigh-Ho; I Married an Angel; I’ll Be Seeing You; Jeepers Kreepers; September Song; Small Fry; This Can’t Be Love; Two Sleepy People; You Go to My Head; You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby; Flat Foot Floogie with a Floy Floy; Kate Smith sings God Bless America – an Irving Berlin trunk song written in 1918 and never published.

Theatre of 1938: Number of productions = 98. the first dip below 100 since 1902-03; Leave it to Me (My Heart Belongs to Daddy, Mary Martin chorus boy Gene Kelly); Hellzapoppin (1404 performances); Robert Morley stars as  Oscar Wilde; Knickerbocker Holliday; Boys from Syracuse; Little Foxes (Tallulah Bankhead); Our Town – Pulitzer Prize; Federal Theatre Project spending = multiple millions.

Movies of 1938: Alexander Nevsky; Adventures of Robin Hood; Algiers; Love Finds Andy Hardy; Alexander’s Ragtime Band; Boys Town; Pygmalian; Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; Young Dr. Kildare; Angels with Dirty Faces; Lady Vanishes; You Can’t Take It With You;

The Arts: In the manly ART of self-defense Louis knocks out Max Schmelling in one round; Benny Goodman plays the first jazz program at Carnegie Hall; Barney Josephson’s Café Society opens; Radio: War of the Worlds - Orson Welles;

The Rest Of The World: Howard Hughes flies around the world; Wrong-way Corrigan lands in Ireland instead of Long Beach, CA; GE introduces fluorescent lighting; the first Xerox image is produced; 40-hour work week instituted; Jefferson nickel goes intro circulation; bingo is blessed by churches and becomes the rage;

In New York: Mayor LaGuardia sworn in; Merritt Parkway opens; “Typhoid Mary” – confined for the last 20 years of her life – dies; 6th Avenue el  shut; in the Bronx -Alexander’s opens on Fordham Road as does the Bronx HS of Science.

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