2015 Bistro Award-Winning Show

IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT

The Words & Music of Noel Coward & Cole Porter

A Theatrical Journey

"EXCELLENT! Something surprisingly new!"  -WALL STREET JOURNAL

 

An award-winning show highlighting the music, lyrics and verse of Noel Coward and Cole Porter.

 

"Do you love me as I love you? Are you my life to be, my dream come true?"

- Cole Porter

 

"Experience will teach you as you go."

- Noel Coward

Using only the words of these two colossal songwriters, Shana Farr takes the audience on a journey that examines the contours of one woman's love life - a new and unique approach to telling the affairs of the heart. This is a successful show, cleverly assembled, heartfully rendered and beautifully acted by its creator and performer, Shana Farr.

 

"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

ABOUT

 

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.

 

"It is an engaging, varied and rock solid evening of sophisticated silliness, cynicism, weariness and romance."

 

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.

 

 

SONG LIST

 

IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT, Cole Porter, Rosalie (1937)

 

WHERE SHALL I FIND HIM?, Noel Coward, Sail Away, 1961

 

ZIGEUNER, Noel Coward, Bitter Sweet, 1929

 

WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE?, Cole Porter, Wake Up And Dream,

1929

 

WHEN MY SHIP COMES HOME, Noel Coward, London Calling, 1923

 

ALICE IS AT IT AGAIN, Noel 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, Noel Coward, 1916

 

IF LOVE WERE ALL, Noel Coward, Bitter Sweet, 1929

 

BEGUINE MEDLEY: BEGIN THE BEGUINE, Cole Porter, Jubilee, 1935 / MAD ABOUT THE BOY, Noel Coward, Words And Music, 1932 / SO IN LOVE, Cole Porter, Kiss Me, Kate, 1948

 

MOST OF EV’RY DAY, Noel Coward, 1934

 

NEVER AGAIN, Noel 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, Noel Coward, Private Lives, 1930

 

WHEN MY SHIP COMES HOME (Reprise), Noel Coward, London Calling, 1923

 

LET’S DO IT, Cole Porter, Paris, 1928

 

SAIL AWAY, Noel Coward, Sail Away, 1961

 

 

Review by Billie Roe, BROADWAY WORLD, NYC, March 2015
Shana Farr "In The Still Of The Night"- Full Review

"More than award-worthy...Farr's voice and talent excel...perfectly suited for the Coward/Porter songbook, Farr's sound is absolutely "the top," as Mr. Porter might say...this wonderfully creative show not only deserves its Bistro Award, but is worthy of an Off-Broadway run."

Review by Will Friedwald, WALL STREET JOURNAL, NYC, April 2014
Shana Farr "In The Still Of The Night"- Full Review

"Shana Farr has created something surprisingly new by intertwining the words of those twin colossi of songwriting, weaving songs both familiar and offbeat, both singing and speaking the texts aloud as if they were prose—something that isn't supposed to work, yet somehow, it does."

Review by Mark Dundas Wood, BISTRO AWARDS, NYC, April 2014
Shana Farr "In The Still Of The Night"- Full Review

". . .Proves Farr to be a first-rate actor, unafraid to take big risks, both vocally and physically. She does not hold back, and she is exciting to watch."

Review by Fred Cohen, WOMAN AROUND TOWN, NYC, Oct 2015
Shana Farr "In The Still Of The Night" - Full Review

"She is elegant and knowing, encompassing and articulate, emotionally generous."

PRESS

5 min clip compiled by Russ Weatherford

Shana Farr sings "If Love Were All"

Shana Farr sings "Let's Not Talk About Love"

Shana Farr sings "My Heart Belongs To Daddy"

PRODUCTION PHOTOS

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