The Narrator introduces the Seton family, who in December 1933 live in a five story townhouse on Fifth Avenue in New York City. He relates their story.
Successful Wall Street lawyer Johnny Case has become engaged to Julia Seton. Julia and her sister Linda celebrate the engagement ("At Long Last Love"). However, Johnny has decided to abandon his well-paid career and instead live a life of pleasure, using Julia's money. Julia's banker father Edward is very upset and her willful sister Linda is fascinated. Johnny begins to realize that he loves the unconventional Linda, and they become a couple, disregarding the "old money and values" of others for a life together.
1 Happy New Year peut-être considéré comme un Flop musical
Génèse du musical
Porter successfully had transformed Barry's The Philadelphia Story into the musical film High Society, so Shevelove pored through the composer's catalogue in search of tunes that would fit Holiday's plot. When the show previewed at the Stratford Festival in Canada, the score consisted of lesser-known Porter songs, and Shevelove decided to eliminate most of them in favor of music more familiar to audiences. He also opted to replace much of Barry's original repartee with songs that suited neither the characters nor the situations, and replaced the gaps with a narrator whose purpose was to explain what was missing from the plot, a device that ultimately proved to be clumsy and confusing.
Liste des chansons
At Long Last Love – Julia, Linda and Ned
Ridin' High † – Johnny and Julia
Let's Be Buddies – Johnny and Linda
Boy, Oh, Boy – Linda
Easy to Love – The Young Men
You Do Something to Me – Johnny
Red, Hot and Blue † – Linda, Johnny, Patrick, and The Stork Club Set
Once Upon a Time – Ned and Linda
Night and Day – The Narrator and Johnny
Let's Make It a Night – Linda, Thompson and Dixon
Ours † – Julia
After You, Who? – Johnny
I Am Loved ** – Julia
When Your Troubles Have Started † – Linda and Ned
† from Red, Hot and Blue **from "Out of This World," one of Porter's late-career flops, an adaptation of "Amphitryon."
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