Monday, February 20, 2012

In the Wings: Red Hot and Cole. Meet Steve Scherer.

Steve Scherer plays Ray Goetz and George S. Kaufman 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?
Steve Scherer: I love musicals, and I love classic musicals. This show combines the best of all: from Anything Goes to Kiss Me, Kate to some Cole Porter music you may not have ever heard of.

Q: Who were Ray Goetz and George S. Kaufman?
S.S.: Goetz tried to hire Cole Porter to write a musical he was working on. Kaufman wrote for the Marx Brothers, and he wrote some movie scripts, musicals and plays - including You Can't Take It With You and The Man Who Came to Dinner, with Moss Hart - as well. Kaufman was one of the group of very talented people Cole Porter hung out with.

Q: What is your favorite Cole Porter song?
S.S.: I love "Anything Goes." Everyone knows it, it's fun to sing and you can tap dance to it.

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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