High Society

2005 London Revival

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
(new lyrics for
* songs by Susan Birkenhead)
Book by Arthur Kopit
Based on the play The Philadelphia Story by Philip Barry, and the Turner Entertainment Co. motion picture High Society

Based on the production of the Open Air Theatre at Regent's Park, London
[Previewed July 22, 2003; Opened July 24, 2003; Closed September 13, 2003]

Previews began October 1, 2005 at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London
Opened on October 10, 2005; closed on January 21, 2006
Produced by Mark Goucher Productions
Directed by Ian Talbot
Choreography by Gillian Gregory
Sets and Costumes by Paul Farnsworth
Lighting by Jason Taylor
Sound Design by Gareth Owen
Musical Coordinator: Andy Barnwell
Arrangements by Steven Edis
Musical Supervisor and Additional Arrangements by James Dunsmore


Katherine Kingsley (Tracy Lord), Graham Bickley (C. K. Dexter Haven III), Paul Robinson (Mike Connor), Ria Jones (Liz Imbree), Royston Kean (Uncle Willie), Bryan Torfeh (George Kittredge), Claire Redcliffe (Dinah Lord), Jerry Hall (Mother Lord), and James Jordan (Seth Lord), with David Alder, Aly McInnes, Nina Kristofferson, Andrew Hutchings, Tony Kemp, Mark Hedges, Cara Elston, Giles Alderson, Brenda Moore, Emma Dodd, Nigel Watson, and Thomas Aldridge

Musical Numbers

Act One

  • "High Society" - Household Staff *
  • "Ridin' High" [from Red, Hot and Blue] - Tracy, Household Staff
  • "Throwing a Ball Tonight" [from Panama Hattie] - Margaret Lord, Tracy, Uncle Willie, Dinah *
  • "Little One" - Dexter, Dinah
  • "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" - Liz, Mike
  • "I Love Paris" [from Can-Can] - Dinah, Tracy
  • "She's Got That Thing" [from Fifty Million Frenchmen] - Uncle Willie, Dexter, The Company
  • "Once Upon a Time" [from Ever Yours] - Tracy *
  • "True Love" - Dexter, Tracy

Act Two

  • "High Society" - Household Staff *
  • "Let's Misbehave" [from Paris] - Tracy, Uncle Willie, The Company *
  • "I'm Getting Myself Ready for You" [from The New Yorkers, additional lyrics by Susan Birkenhead] - Uncle Willie, Liz
  • "Once Upon a Time" (reprise) - Dexter *
  • "Just One of Those Things" [from Jubilee] - Dexter
  • "Well, Did You Evah?" - Household Staff, Tracy, Uncle Willie, Liz *
  • "You're Sensational" - Mike
  • "Say It With Gin" [from The New Yorkers] - Uncle Willie
  • "Ridin' High" (reprise) - Magaret Lord
  • "It's All Right With Me" [from Can-Can] - Tracy
  • "He's a Right Guy" [from Something for the Boys] - Liz
  • "I Love You, Samantha" - Dexter
  • "True Love" (reprise) - Tracy, Dexter

Go to the Original Film Production of High Society
Go to the 1998 Broadway Production of High Society
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