Wednesday, February 22, 2012

In the Wings: Red Hot and Cole. Meet Chelsea Robinson.

Chelsea Robinson plays Elsa Maxwell 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?
Chelsea Robinson: I wanted to work with Kate Walker on a musical. I had a lot of fun with her doing Out of Order. Also, Cole Porter's music is amazing.

Q: Who was Elsa Maxwell and what was her relationship to Cole Porter?
C.R.: Elsa Maxwell was Cole Porter's best friend. She was a socialite who threw parties in the 1930s and 1940s. She was known as "The Hostess with the Mostest." She also was credited with inventing the treasure hunt. It's been fun to research her online to find out who she was. One of her most famous sayings was "Rise above it."

Q: What is your favorite Cole Porter song?
C.R.: "You Do Something to Me."

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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