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Fresh take on Cole Porter in ‘Let’s Misbehave” at International City Theatre

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It’s delightful. It’s delicious. It’s de-lovely! It’s a fresh take on the sophisticated lyrics and melodies of Cole Porter. International City Theatre opens its 29th season with the California premiere of “Let’s Misbehave: The Music and Lyrics of Cole Porter,” conceived by Karin Bowersock (book) and Patrick Young (musical arrangements) and directed and choreographed by Todd Nielsen. With musical direction by Darryl Archibald and starring triple-threats Lindsey Alley, Marc Ginsburg and Jennifer Shelton, “Let’s Misbehave” opens January 24, 2014 at International City Theatre in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center.

“Let’s Misbehave” weaves together over 30 classic songs by Cole Porter to tell the story of three single friends in 1930s New York who make a pact to find true love. Their quest is all in good fun — until the two women, Alice and Dorothy, find they both have eyes for Walter. It’s clever, funny, and irresistibly romantic, featuring songs like “Night and Day,” “Begin the Beguine” and “Anything Goes” from one of America's most beloved and prolific musical theater composers.

“I like the fact that “Let’s Misbehave” isn’t just a revue,” says Shelton, an ICT regular. “The book is solid, and it’s written in such a way that the song lyrics move the plot forward. The words take on a whole new meaning when they’re telling a story. It’s very witty and a lot of fun. All the old Cole Porter favorites we know and love are there – but there are also some obscure songs that many people won’t recognize.”

“Let’s Misbehave: The Music and Lyrics of Cole Porter” previews 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 22, 2014 and Thursday, January 23, opens 8 p.m. Friday, January 24 and performs 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through February 16. Tickets are $42 Thursdays and $47 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, except opening night for which tickets are $52 and includes a post-performance dessert reception with the actors, or $125, which also includes a pre-show dinner and short talk about Cole Porter (tables for 10 available for $1000). Preview tickets are $32. Call 562-436-4610 or visit www.InternationalCityTheatre.org.

International City Theatre is located in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center at 300 E. Ocean Blvd. in Long Beach.

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