Sunday, April 21, 2013

Open a Songbook - Review of Broadway Songbook at The Ordway in St. Paul, MN

Quote of the Month: Open the window in the center of your chest and let the spirits fly in and out. Rumi
(My theme for this year's
A to Z Challenge
 is Open.)

Millie and Willie Cottonpoly, a sock puppet creation, are here to tell you their story during the April A to Z Blogging Challenge. 
The Cottonpolys enjoy all types of entertainment. I am an entertainment reviewer, and they have started to accompany me to events. Since I'm still in the A to Z Challenge and the Cottonpolys have taken over blogging, I'll let them tell you the highlights of The Broadway Songbook at The Ordway Performing Arts Center in St. Paul, MN.

Willie and Millie Cottonpoly enjoyed a slice of Galaxy cake at Great Waters Brewing Co. before attending The Broadway Songbook at The Ordway.
Willie:  It was out of this world delicious!
The Broadway Songbook is an ongoing series at The Ordway Performing Arts Center in St. Paul, MN. April 19-28, they are featuring the music of Cole Porter. 
As the first strains of music ripple through the air...
Willie:  (sits up a little straighter in his seat and whispers to Millie) Let's Misbehave. (chuckles)
Millie:  I think that song sums up Cole Porter's attitude towards life and writing music.
Willie:  (doing a little toe tapping in his seat) Mine too.
Millie:  (quietly sings along to the next song) Let's do it. Let's fall in love. (leans a little closer to Willie) That's the song that was running through my mind while we were courting.
Willie:  I like this one about Cherry Pies.
Millie:  It's a cute one.
Willie:  (singing along) You're the icing they put on my cake. (gives Millie a little squeeze)
Millie:  It's DeLovely
Willie:  It's delicious.
Millie:  It's delightful.
Willie:  It's delirious.
Millie:  These performers really bring Cole Porter's songs to life.
Willie:  Ain't bad to look at either.
Millie:  Don't get distracted by all the glitter and glitz, it's their voices and performance that tell the story of these songs.
Willie:  I like all those food songs.
Millie:  What?
Willie:  You're the're a Waldorf salad.
Millie:  (smiling)
Willie:  You're sublime. You're a turkey dinner.
Millie:  That Cole Porter was a good lyricist.
Willie:  You're the top. You're a dance in Bali. You're the top. You're a hot tamale!
Millie:  Willie, shh. (smiles)
Willie:  You're Lady Astor. You're broccoli. Huh? That one could go either way.
Millie:  No romance is perfect. Sometimes it's Hot Tamales. Sometimes it's broccoli.
Willie:  What are your favorite Cole Porter songs, Millie?
Millie:  I have two. I love the sound of So in Love, the words are all about how deep in love he is, but with a melody that haunts. Night and Day is a beautiful marriage of words and melody.
Willie:  Those lyrics about it being only you beneath the moon or under the sun, whether near to me or far... I think of you. That's our song, Darling.
Millie:  (nods) I hope everyone feels so in love when they go to this performance. It's wunderbar!
Go. Create. Inspire!
The Broadway Songbook featuring the music of Cole Porter is at The Ordway April 19-28. Followed soon by a production of Anything Goes, May 7-12. Millie and Willie Cottonpoly already have it marked on their calendar! Go to The Ordway for more info. and to buy your tickets!
Journaling Prompt:  What songs bring out the romance in you? What songs were playing when you fell in love?

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