He’s the top as Standing does Cole Porter

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John Standing Swings Cole Porter, May 22, Theatre Royal

Music from the glittering era of the 1920s and 30s was brought to life by actor John Standing who entertained a somewhat sparse audience with amusing anecdotes about life and the stars alongside a performance of Cole Porter’s great music from the era.

Greats such as Anything Goes, I Get no Kick from Champagne and You’re the Top charmed the listeners with some superb accompaniement from Hattie Scott, double bass, and Leon Carter, keyboard.

Porter wrote both lyrics and music and his numbers are an integral part of an era of the great American shows and burgeoning film industry.

At times the voice wavered but the enthusiasm and professionalism of a man whose face and voice have graced our screens over the years won over his audience .

Standing, who is now in his 70s, was light-footed and graceful as well as amusing, with some lovely risque anecdotes and at one stage treated the audience to a gentle tap shuffle.

His Cole Porter homage follows his one man show on Noel Coward, reflecting a bygone era of glamour and romance encapsulated in great lyrics and music.

His audience was quietly enthusiastic and encouraged to join in the numbers and several did so, but I would have loved to have seen them given the chance to move into empty seats to create a cosier atmosphere for a great evening’s music.

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