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Contact: Deborah Gilleran
732.987.2266
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It’s De-Lovely! “Cole Porter” Visits Georgian Court in Popular Dramatic Series “Biographies from The Court”

Lakewood, N.J., May 9, 2008—“Mrs. Edith Gould” has entertained many a musical luminary from the Gilded Age and beyond, but songwriter Cole Porter may be her brightest star yet. A giant in the American musical lexicon, Cole Porter interwove his musical genius into the culture of the 20th century along with contemporaries George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and Richard Rogers. Porter’s melodies still haunt the American psyche with such unforgettable songs as “Night and Day,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” and “I Get a Kick Out of You.”

As a member of the audience, you’ll join the original grand dame of the Georgian Court estate, Edith Gould, in her lavish mansion for an elegant tea party, complete with finger sandwiches and dainties. Join her and “Cole Porter” as he recounts his artistic triumphs and personal tragedies, punctuated by his musical renditions.

Cole Porter, born in 1891, attended Yale and, pressured by his family, went to Harvard Law School for a brief time. His love of composing, however, won out. He left for New York where he had some initial Broadway failures. He then headed to World War I Europe, where he had a very socially successful stint as an American in Paris. From the late 1920s to late 1930s, Porter returned to America and had a string of Broadway hits and divided his time between New York and Hollywood.

Don’t miss the most swellegant elegant party of the year, “Mrs. Gould Welcomes Cole Porter,” at 11:30 a.m. on the following Saturdays: May 31; June 7, 14, 21, and 28; and July 5 and 12. Sunday performances at 3:00 p.m. are available on June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and July 6 and 13. All performances take place in the Mansion on Georgian Court’s Lakewood campus.

The cost is $40 per person and includes performance and tea luncheon. Prepurchase of tickets is required for all performances by calling 732.987.2263 or e-mailing specialevents@georgian.edu. There are no refunds within 14 days of the performance. Special offers include a $5 discount per ticket for Saturday shows, and for groups of 20 or more, please inquire about discount pricing.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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