Cole Porters You Never Know

Cole Porters You Never Know Tickets

Based on the European play, By Candlelight, ‘You Never Know – The Musical’ is returning to the theatres for an extended engagement. Meadow Brook Theatre in Rochester will be staging the premiere this summer and has worked hard to bring changes in the original production. Cole Porter wrote the comedy musical in 1938 and after a limited run on Broadway and Off-Broadway, closed its curtains for good. The musical was revived in 2009 and featured witty and enchanting songs by Porter. Now set for yet another revival, You Never Know will begin its run on 28th May and is expected to stage performances till 22nd June.

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You Never Know – The Musical

Music & Lyrics:

Cole Porter


Meadow Brook Theatre

You Never Know – An Overview

Considered an uncelebrated musical by Cole Porter, You Never Know was penned by the songwriter and composer following a fall from a horse. Inspired by the play “By Candlelight”, written by Karl Farkas and Siegfried Geyer, Porter decided to come up with his own version of the plot. Set in the late 20s Paris, the comedy play centers on a Baron and his butler who switch identities so that the latter can pursue his feelings for a lady, who he believes belongs to higher class. The entire play revolves around a single night, set in an apartment room. Stylish costumes and elegant stage design create the perfect backdrop. Described as a “delightful tale of mishaps and mistaken identities”, the play keeps romance and humor alive throughout the evening.

Score by Cole Porter remains the biggest attraction of this comedy classic. Through the songs, the musician’s lyrical genius and melodic verve are displayed. With straightforward vocal renditions, tracks like “You Never Know”, “For No Rhyme or Reason” and “At Long Last Love” are a treat to listen to. The musical’s album includes soulful ballads, impassioned love songs as well as uplifting numbers.

Cole Porter

Cole Porter, a veteran songwriter and music composer passed away in 1964, at the age of 73. Growing up in an influential family, he had his career already planned for him by a domineering grandfather. However, he defied his family’s wishes and decided to take up music as a profession. It was definitely the right choice, as once the artist found his forte in classic music, there was no stopping him. He found considerable success in the 20s and by the 30s, he was among the most in demand songwriters especially for theatre. He also has the honor of being one of the early recipients of the Tony Award in “Best Musical” category, which he won for the play Kiss Me, Kate.

Some of the notable musicals by Cole Porter are “Anything Goes”, “You’re the Top”, “Begin the Beguine”, “Night and Day” and “I Get a Kick Out of You”. His credentials are further highlighted by “I Got You Under My Skin” and “Silk Stockings”. Besides writing Broadway plays, Porter has also composed music for movies and some of his hit numbers are “You’d Be So Easy to Love”, “True Love”, “Rosalie” and “In the Still of the Night”.

Cole Porter’s legacy continues today and his compositions are honored by various music producers. Many tribute shows are held for the legend and veterans have covered his tracks. Now his musical You Never Know is making way to the stage and those who have a taste for classics are buying Cole Porter's You Never Know tickets.


More about Porter and the musical

  • According to Porter, You Never Know is his worst effort.
  • The original Broadway production was directed by Rowland Leigh.
  • Following his riding accident, one of Porter’s legs had to be amputated.
  • The musical had to go through numerous trials before staging its premiere.
  • The song “At Long Last Love” was written by Porter while he was waiting for ambulance after the accident.