Friday, February 24, 2012

In the Wings: Red Hot and Cole. Meet David Dietz.

David Dietz plays Cole Porter 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?
David Dietz: I wanted to do a musical, and this looked like a really fun show. I had worked with Kate Walker on Cabaret and Out of Order, and felt that this was a wonderful opportunity.

Q: Who was Cole Porter?
D.D.: He was a prolific songwriter. He wrote hundreds if not thousands of songs, many of which probably have not been heard in a long time. The songs he wrote are very witty, they've got great melodies and they're fun to sing and listen to. I get to sing some of my favorite songs in this show.

Q: What is your favorite Cole Porter song?
D.D.: My favorite song is "Begin the Beguine," which I do not get to sing in this show. But "You're the Top" is right up there; I get to sing it in Red Hot and Cole. I get to sing "Friendship," too. I had been in a production of Anything Goes, so I got exposed to his music that way.

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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