Cole Porter was one of the greatest songwriters of the 20th century. Throughout the course of his extraordinary career, he created an impressive 800 songs. Dozens of them became classic standards, with many of them still being recorded by modern singers of the present.
Porter always had a flair for fiction, having registered for school as a 12-year-old when he was actually 14. At the age of 24, he wrote his first musical comedy, called ‘See America First.’ Considered a failure, the musical closed after only 15 performances, leading Porter to flee to Paris in embarrassment. He stayed in Paris for years, socializing with the expatriate elite. He returned to New York in the 1930s, finally encountering the success he so desperately wanted.
At the Théâtre de Belleville (94 Rue du Faubourg du Temple), a new show showcases the excitement and turbulence of Cole Porter’s musical world. The show is entitled ‘Love for Sale, Une Nuit avec Cole Porter, au Théâtre de Belleville‘ (‘Love for Sale, a Night with Cole Porter at the Belleville Theater’). It runs from August 24 until September 9, 2014, with shows Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. as well as Sunday and Monday at 8:30 p.m.
During the show, a singer, a guitarist and two dancers present a variety of Cole Porter songs. In this way, the audience plunges head first into the jovial Paris of the Roaring Twenties as well as the excitement of Broadway and Hollywood. Through the medium of song and dance, the performers show how Porter’s love of frivolity and lighthearted socializing contrasted with his deeper feelings of turbulence and loss.
Guests staying at the Hôtel de la Tour Maubourg can spend a night with Cole Porter at the Théâtre de Belleville this summer during their stay in Paris.