2015 Bistro Award-Winning Show
IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT
The Words & Music of Noël Coward & Cole Porter
Review for "In the Still of the Night"
"More than award-worthy...Farr's voice and talent excel...this wonderfully creative show not only deserves its Bistro Award, but is worthy of an Off-Broadway run."
BROADWAY WORLD, NYC
Music Director, Jon Weber
“EXCELLENT! Something surprisingly new!" - Wall Street Journal
IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT is a successful program highlighting the music and lyrics of Noël Coward and Cole Porter. Shana Farr has woven scripted text, words, poetry, and lyrics of these two great musical masters to create a spoken word/musical libretto that examines the contours of one woman’s love life; a romantic saga in which the character is largely bewildered by this thing called love but nevertheless is ready to go toe-to-toe with it. She takes a tumultuous journey learning the ways of sex and love; romance and heartbreak; displaying an intelligent and sophisticated approach to the affairs of the heart as she goes. With polished elegance, Shana Farr brilliantly commands the stage and leads the audience through her experiences running the emotional gauntlet from A to Z presenting her penchant for wry wit and her genuine vulnerability.
This material is perfectly suited for the full and resonant soprano voice colored with tinges of bluesy, romantic and dramatic nuances. Outstanding moments in the show that display the evolution of the character are her smolderingly sexy “My Heart Belongs To Daddy”, the frenetic “Beguine Medley”, the bitterly humorous “Let’s Not Talk About Love”, and the ultimate downward spiral in “Love For Sale”.
Music Director Jon Weber has created brilliant arrangements that sound modern to the ear yet somehow remain true to the period. With Adam Fisher on cello, these gentlemen are more than musicians, they become a multitude of characters that join Farr on the quest for love.
“Shana Farr proves to be a first-rate actor, unafraid to take big risks. She does not hold back, and she is exciting to watch." - Bistro Awards
“In The Still Of The Night”, Cole Porter, Rosalie 1937
“Where Shall I Find Him?” Noël Coward, Sail Away, 1961
“Zigeuner”, Noël Coward, Bitter Sweet, 1929
“What Is This Thing Called Love?” Cole Porter, Wake Up And Dream,
“When My Ship Comes Home”, Noël Coward, London Calling, 1923
“Alice Is At It Again”, Noël Coward, Pacific 1860 (cut), 1946
“My Heart Belongs To Daddy”, Cole Porter, Leave It To Me!, 1938
“Why Can’t You Behave?” Cole Porter, Kiss Me, Kate, 1948
“Just One Of Those Things”, Cole Porter, Jubilee, 1935
“Forbidden Fruit”, Noël Coward, 1916
“If Love Were All”, Noël Coward, Bitter Sweet, 1929
Beguine Medley: “Begin The Beguine”, Cole Porter, Jubilee, 1935 / “Mad About The Boy”, Noël Coward, Words And Music, 1932 / “So In Love”, Cole Porter, Kiss Me, Kate, 1948
“Most Of Ev’ry Day”, Noël Coward, 1934
“Never Again”, Noël Coward, Set To Music, 1938
‘Let’s Not Talk About Love”, Cole Porter, Let’s Face It!, 1941
“It’s Alright With Me”, Cole Porter, Can-Can, 1953
“Love For Sale”, Cole Porter, The New Yorkers, 1930
“Someday I’ll Find You”, Noël Coward, Private Lives, 1930
“When My Ship Comes Home” (Reprise), Noël Coward, London Calling, 1923
“Let’s Do It”, Cole Porter, Paris, 1928
“Sail Away”, Noel Coward, Sail Away, 1961
“She is elegant and knowing, encompassing and articulate, emotionally generous."
- Woman Around Town