Inspired by director Lance Hewett's concept of restricting the color palette of Voyage Through The Isles! to black and white and shades of gray and silver, company photographer Janette Mochnacz opted to shoot these selections from Café Coward in vintage black and white, so appropriate for this 1930s cabaret tribute to the words and music of Noël Coward.
And your host,"The Master" himself -- incorrigibly dapper.
It's a mellow evening at Café Coward with Noel hosting his celebrity guests, among them the actor John Mills and the actress Tallulah Bankhead.
Noel's "mum" Violet Coward and his manager, Charles "Cookie" Cochrane show the youngsters how it's done.
The highest paid star in the room, Shirley Temple.
"Let's do it"?
Why is Cole Porter singing one of his songs at my party?
"Why Must the Show Go On?"
The rule is simply not immutable.
It might be wiser and more suitable Just to close
When you are in the throes
Of personal grief and private woes.
LINDA PORTER (Cole's wife), ELSA MAXWELL and GERTRUDE LAWRENCE:
This is a night for lovers
A night to be set apart
For ever in somebody's heart.
This is a moment for ever and above.
This is a night for love.
The First Couple of the American stage, Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, join the Cole Porters and Shirley Temple in bidding Noel good-bye:
The party's over now
The dawn is drawing very nigh
The candles gutter
The starlight leaves the sky.
Dearest friends. In this sweet circumstance, when all the air around us, and above, is charged with tenderness and early love . . . I ask you to lift your glasses, and drink to those who love -- a loving cup. No one can vouch for love, none can be sure how long love’s ardent message may endure. No one can alter love, all we can do in our deepest hearts is keep its truth.
Oh all right. For those who must have color,
click Shirley's curls.