Tuesday, February 21, 2012

In the Wings: Red Hot and Cole. Meet Bill Knapp.

Bill Knapp plays Clifton Webb, Noël Coward and a British soldier in Red Hot and Cole, the fourth show of the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The book is by James Bianchi, Muriel McAuley and Randy Strawderman; the music and lyrics are by Cole Porter.

Question: Why did you audition for Red Hot and Cole?
Bill Knapp: First, Kate Walker is directing. I've done two other shows with Kate - Out of Order and Cabaret - and I've always had a lot of fun. I thought this would be equally so.

Q: Who were Clifton Webb and Noël Coward?
B.K.: Clifton Webb was a stage actor, he was in Cole Porter's first Broadway show. He later went on to do a lot of character work in shows like Laura and Cheaper by the Dozen. Noël Coward was a famous playwright and songwriter.

Q: What is your favorite Cole Porter song?
B.K.: There are a lot, actually. I've been listening to a lot of Cole Porter music the last six months. The song I sing in Red Hot and Cole is "Let's Do It," which has Noël Coward's lyrics. There are so many great songs.

Red Hot and Cole opens Friday, March 2 and runs three consecutive weekends through Sunday, March 18 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette.

Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday shows begin at 2:30 p.m. For more information about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre's website.

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