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COLE PORTER - COLLECTION - HFSID 278893

COLE PORTER His signed letter, accompanied by letters from his cousin, after family members attended his hit musical, Kiss Me Kate Typed Letter signed: "Cole", 1 page, 7¼x10½. New York, N.Y., 1949 December 5. On letterhead of the Waldorf-Astoria Towers to "Dear Harvey". In full: "I am very sorry but I cannot accept your check.

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COLE PORTER
His signed letter, accompanied by letters from his cousin, after family members attended his hit musical, Kiss Me Kate
Typed Letter signed: "Cole", 1 page, 7¼x10½. New York, N.Y., 1949 December 5. On letterhead of the Waldorf-Astoria Towers to "Dear Harvey". In full: "I am very sorry but I cannot accept your check. It was a great joy to get those tickets for you, and I felt flattered that you all wanted to go to see my show. All my best, Sincerely". Accompanied by three unsigned carbon copies of typed letters sent to Porter in Williamstown, Massachusetts, evidently by his cousin Albert "Harvey" Cole. 1) letter dated October 27, 1949, requesting Porter's help in obtaining tickets for a Chicago performance of Kiss Me Kate, since tickets are "difficult to obtain." 2) letter dated November 5, 1949, acknowledging Porter's wire that the tickets will be waiting at the box office, and expressing thanks; 3) letter dated November 30,1949, praising the seats and the show, and enclosing a check to cover their cost. The show was viewed by "Mildred, Josephine, Omar and I", two of Porter's cousins and their wives. Cole Porter (1891-1964), known for his bouncy, lively style and witty lyrics, composed music and lyrics for more than 20 musicals, including Anything Goes (1934), Kiss Me, Kate (1948), Silk Stockings (1955) and High Society (1956). His classic songs include "Night and Day," "Begin the Beguine" and "I've Got You Under My Skin". After a string of Broadway hits, extending from Paris (1928) through Panama Hattie (1940), Cole Porter experienced less success - by his high standards - in the decade of the 1940s. He came roaring back in 1948, however, with his most beloved hit of all - Kiss Me Kate, his lively retelling of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, winning Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Composer and Lyricist, and Best Author. The show was equally successful touring nationally, as these letters attest, and as a film. While Porter's clever songs enjoy almost cult status today, most of his shows are now infrequently staged. The exceptions are Anything Goes, and - above all - Kiss Me Kate. Mailing folds not near signature. Staple holes at upper left. Carbon copies have some paper loss. Overall, fine condition.

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