High Society

1987 London Production

High Society [video art]

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Stage musical comedy based on Philip Barry's play The Philadelphia Story, and the MGM motion picture High Society
New book by Richard Eyre

First performance on November 25, 1986 at the Leicester Haymarket Theatre
Opened February 25, 1987 at the Victoria Palace Theatre, London
Closed January 16, 1988
Produced by the Noel Gay Organisation
Directed by Richard Eyre
Set Design: John Gunter
Costumes: Sue Blane
Lighting: Chris Ellis
Production Musical Director: George Fenton
Musical Director: David Mellor


Trevor Eve (Dexter Haven), Stephen Rea (Mike Connor), Natasha Richardson (Tracy Lord), Ronald Fraser (Uncle Willie), Angela Richards (Liz Imbrie), Ann Firbank (Margaret Lord), Robert Swales (George Ketteridge), Alan Berry (Seth Lord), Amanda Rosen (Dinah Lord), and Simon Clark

Note: Steven Pacey performed the role of Mike Connor from August 10, 1987 until closing

Musical Numbers

  • "How Do You Spell Ambassador?" [from Leave It to Me]
    [replaced during the run of the show by "High Society Calypso" with new lyrics by Richard Stilgoe]
  • "Give Him the Oo-la-la" [from Du Barry Was a Lady]
  • "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" - Liz and Mike
  • "Little One"
  • "Hey, Good Lookin'" [from Something for the Boys] - Uncle Willie
  • "I Love You, Samantha"
  • Ball Medley: "Well, Did You Evah?" / "High Society" - Tracy, Dexer, Mike and Liz
  • "Most Gentlemen Don't Like Love" [from Leave It to Me]
  • "Now You Has Jazz" - Mike, Tracy and Chorus
  • "In the Still of the Night" [from Rosalie] - Liz
  • "You're Sensational"
  • "True Love"
  • "True Love" (reprise)
  • Finale: "Well,. Did You Evah?" - Mike, Liz and Chorus

Original Cast Recording

Conducted by David Mellor
Album produced by Norman Newell

  • LP, 1987 [EMI Columbia (UK) SCX 6707]
  • Compact Disc, 19?? [EMI Sony (UK) CDP 7 46777-2]

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