|Celebrating Cole Porter's Birthday! On Demand Presentation of the Off-Broadway Musical "Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter" Debuts June 9th|
|Posted by: Official_Press_Release 07:35 pm EDT 05/19/21|
|CELEBRATING COLE PORTER'S BIRTHDAY!
THE WORLD PREMIERE ON DEMAND PRESENTATION
OF THE OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
"LOVE, LINDA: THE LIFE OF MRS. COLE PORTER"
AS LINDA LEE THOMAS
STREAMING ON DEMAND JUNE 9 – JUNE 27, 2021
EXCLUSIVLY ON BROADWAY ON DEMAND
New York, NY (May 19, 2021) – Cole Porter fans will be able to celebrate his birthday on June 9th in style this year with the world premiere on demand presentation of the Off-Broadway musical Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter. With book by Stevie Holland with Gary William Friedman, music and lyrics by the legendary Cole Porter and arrangements and additional music by Mr. Friedman. The filmed presentation of this solo show stars the musical's co-creator and originator of the role Stevie Holland, as directed for the stage by Richard Maltby, Jr.*
Lyle Saunders heads the production team. Robert Learner is the Director of Photography.
Tickets for the world premiere on demand event are priced at $15 and are available online at Broadway On Demand at https://www.broadwayondemand.com/series/f8KQPQwXdRfI-love-linda--on-demand.
A Promotional Trailer can be viewed at https://www.broadwayondemand.com/watch/channel/all-shows/series/f8KQPQwXdRfI-love-linda--on-demand/episode/qGPq8QIlZNcB-love-linda-the-life-of-mrs-cole-porter--bonus-trailer?t=0
Love, Linda tells the story of Linda Lee Thomas, the Southern beauty who was the driving force behind legendary songwriter Cole Porter. Though Porter was gay, their companionship and love lasted through 35 years of marriage and together they lived a spectacular, glamour-filled life. With innovative arrangements, Cole Porter's timeless songs weave through the compelling narrative, celebrating the deep love that Linda and Cole shared, while examining the darker sides of their glamorous lives. The score for Love, Linda includes such beloved Porter songs as "Night and Day", "I Love Paris," "In the Still of the Night" and "Love for Sale."
"The contemporary world has led us to expand our definition of a love story," stated Richard Maltby Jr. "There are so many different kinds of love, and the love story of Linda and Cole Porter is one of the unusual ones -- unlikely, unconventional, perhaps even unexplainable, but a real love story in every sense of the word. And it is linked to the creation of some of the most glorious love songs ever written. Stevie Holland has given us a gift by bringing Linda Porter vividly to life in her one-woman musical play that will take you into the heart of a complex, gracious and passionate human being."
Love, Linda launched with two sold-out runs at the Triad Theater in 2009 and 2010. The production was expanded, developed and received a critically acclaimed Off-Broadway premiere at the York Theatre Company in 2013. The critics had this to share: theater historian Robert Kimball and author of The Complete Lyrics of Cole Porter simply stated, "One of the best Cole Porter shows ever!" USA Today exclaimed "Sultry Elegance." "An emotionally absorbing solo show" --New York Stage Review. A must see for fans of the great American Songbook" -- TheaterScene.
Stage presentations of Love, Linda are currently being presented in theaters across the country and around the globe. www.lovelindathemusical.com.
About the Artist
Stevie Holland is an American jazz vocalist, writer and lyricist. She has headlined at major concert halls, jazz clubs and cabaret rooms, in addition to performing in theater, amassing an eclectic fan base along the way. A dynamic performer and internationally acclaimed song stylist, she continues to chart her own path as a completely original artist.
She created the one-woman musical Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter with award-winning composer Gary William Friedman.
Her CDs include Life Goes On, a collection of original songs, standards, and Holland's trademark picks of lesser-known gems from the pop world and American Songbook. Grammy-winning producer Todd Barkan joined Holland for this album and Before Love Has Gone, which received acclaim from jazz, pop and cabaret critics, and made the critic's list as a Top CD of the Year at USA Today. Jazz journalist Gary Giddins penned the liner notes.
The youngest of seven children, Holland grew up in a music-filled, Norwegian-Italian household in Westchester County, New York, and studied drama at New York University.
After establishing herself as a performer and lyricist in New York, she forged a steady songwriting collaboration with composer Gary William Friedman; the relationship developed to yet another level, when they married.
The Holland-Friedman collaboration has led to several internationally acclaimed jazz vocal albums, an array of songwriting projects including a theme song for Joey Reynolds, the popular Rock n' Roll Hall-of-Famer/ Radio talk show host, which was played nightly on his national WOR Radio program, "This Is America," a fundraising anthem released after September 11th, 2001, and a variety of musical theater projects.
Current musical theater projects include Merton of the Movies, a new adaptation of Platinum, and Dream Mountain_, a musical about Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor who carved Mount Rushmore.
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