Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter
May 21 @ 7pm
May 22 @ 2pm & 7pm
Floor Seats: $44
Stadium Seats: $39
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LOVE, LINDA: THE LIFE OF MRS. COLE PORTER, is a one-woman, tour de force musical and theatrical journey, created by acclaimed jazz vocalist Stevie Holland and award-winning composer Gary William Friedman. LOVE, LINDA, tells the story of Linda Lee Thomas, the Southern beauty who was the driving force behind legendary songwriter Cole Porter at the dawn of the roaring twenties.
Though Cole Porter was gay, their companionship and love lasted through 35 years of marriage and together they lived a spectacular, glamour-filled life.
With innovative arrangements by Gary William Friedman, Cole Porter's timeless music and lyrics weave through the compelling narrative, celebrating the deep love that Linda and Cole shared, while examining the darker sides of their life.
The score for LOVE, LINDA includes such beloved Porter songs as "Night and Day", "I Love Paris," "In the Still of the Night" and "Love for Sale."
About the Cast:
Karen Covington-Yow - One of the area's most versatile actors, Karen's roles have run the gamut from musicals to drama: As It Is In Heaven (Sister Peggy), Mame (Agnes Gooch), Zombie Prom (Delilah Strict), Seussical (Sour Kangaroo), Into the Woods (Jack’s Mother), Company (Susan), Nunsense/Nuncrackers (Robert Anne), Bonnie & Clyde (Cumie Barrow), Sister Act (Mother Superior), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), and many more. She returns to The Center for Art & Entertainment's stage having appeared here as both Roxie and Tina in My Big Fat Italian Wedding Murder, the Reality Show Star in the workshop for Menopause the Rock Musical, and in the children's shows Stone Soup and Who Kidnapped Mrs. Claus.
Bob Strain (Piano) began playing piano at age eight in Texas. He holds a BA in music from Shepherd University and a master’s and doctorate in piano performance from Shenandoah University Conservatory in Virginia, where he taught piano and theory for 10 years. He has served as music director for shows at the Contemporary American Theater Festival (We Are Here), Hendersonville Community Theater (Guys and Dolls), and as rehearsal/pit pianist for Sunday in the Park with George, The King and I, and Nunsense II. He currently teaches piano at Asheville Music School and gives occasional recitals in local venues as well as jazz performances as soloist or with the Bob Strain Trio and other ensembles.
Misty Theisen (Producer/Director) is a multifaceted musician based in western North Carolina where she is professor of woodwinds/music education at Mars Hill University. In addition to flute and piccolo, Theisen is a proficient performer on all clarinets, saxophones, and oboe. She utilizes these skills in her steady work as an orchestral musician for several regional theater companies (Asheville Community Theatre, Parkway Playhouse, Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, Flat Rock Playhouse, and more). Recent productions include The Producers, Into the Woods, Jesus Christ Superstar, and the world premiere run of Acito & Libby's Chasing Rainbows. Theisen staged and directed her own sold-out production of Musical of Musicals: The Musical! at 35Below. Sheis thrilled to be bringing Love, Linda to Hendersonville.