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San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus: The Mood Swings ensemble to debut in Cole Porter revue

SAN DIEGO -- The Mood Swings, an 11-voice ensemble from the 140-member San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus, will make its stand-alone concert debut in “Let’s Misbehave!”

The rollicking song-and-dance revue about the life and music of Cole Porter will be produced Aug. 24-26 at downtown San Diego’s Lyceum Theatre.

Featuring more than 30 of the cleverest, funniest and most romantic of Porter's tunes, “Let’s Misbehave!” showcases one of America’s most beloved and prolific musical theater composers, and the standards of style and wit to which today’s composers and lyricists aspire.

Through its history-inspired narration, the revue starts with Porter’s early days at Yale University as the “Swings” deliver a cheerleader’s look at “Bingo Eli Yale” and “Bulldog, Bulldog,” two Yale fight songs that are still performed today.

Long before Sondheim was writing about weekends in the country, the revue’s “Cole In Society” set provides a glimpse of Porter’s fascination with the weekenders, racquet clubbers and socialites of the era, in “Thank You So Much, Mrs. Lowsborough-Goodby,” “Miss Otis Regrets” and “Well, Did You Evah!” “

Cole On Broadway” features songs like “My Heart Belongs to Daddy” ("Leave It To Me," 1938), “I Get A Kick Out of You” ("Anything Goes," 1934) and “Wunderbar” ("Kiss Me Kate," 1938).

The revue also reveals a comical glimpse of Porter’s private life with the double entendre-filled “I Want To Be Raided By You” and the haunting “The Gypsy In Me.”

As the show weaves deftly through his Hollywood years and into the end of his life and career, other featured hits of Porter’s include “Easy to Love,” “Night and Day,” “In the Still of the Night,” “Be a Clown,” “You’re the Top” and many more.

Gary Holt, artistic director of the chorus, will mark his first featured performance in 25 years as he narrates the show from an onstage keyboard, even turning in his own vocal rendition of Porter’s hilarious “Tale of the Oyster” at the Saturday evening performance.

The revue’s director/choreographer, Joey Landwehr, will narrate and add his unique solo stylings for the Friday and Sunday performances.

“Let’s Misbehave!” showcases the multifaceted dance and vocal skills of the brightest talent from the larger chorus, and delivers its unique brand of irreverent humor in Porter hits such as “I Hate Men” and “Find Me A Primitive Man.” The revue is a fast-paced yet fully-satisfying “buffet” of the finest and most enduring work from Porter’s opus of more than a thousand songs.

Tickets cost $34 to $39 and are on sale now HERE. Convenient parking is available in the Horton Plaza garage with validation at the theater.

About SDGMC

The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus was formed in January 2010 from the marriage of the San Diego Men’s Chorus and the Gay Men’s Chorus of San Diego, two choruses that boasted long and proud legacies of performing in San Diego and beyond. The chorus’ official mission is to create a positive musical experience through exciting performances that engage audiences, build community support, and provide a dynamic force for social change.