The High Life - Lost Treasures Collection musical on Lakewood's Side Door Stage October 18 & 19, 2019

October 18 & 19, 2019 at 7:00 PM & Sat. October 19, 2019 at 2:00 PM
Directed by Ron Daum.

The High Life at LakewoodThe Lost Treasures Collection, a series of rarely performed musical gems presented in concert/cabaret version on Lakewood Theatre Company's Side Door stage, presents the first offering in its tenth season, the musical The High Life. This 1961 musical about a ladies man in 1904 Vienna has a book by Fay & Michael Kanin (His and Hers, Rashomon), music by Arthur Schwartz (The Band Wagon, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn), and lyrics by Howard Dietz (The Band Wagon, Between the Devil).

Light food fare, beer, wine and other beverages will be available for purchase before and during the show.

The production, with stage direction by Ron Daum and musical direction by Jeffrey Michael Kauffman, will be performed for three performances on two dates only: Friday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 19, at 7:00 PM and one Saturday matinee, Oct. 19 at 2:00 PM.

The Lost Treasures Collection, a series of rarely performed musical gems, is back for a tenth season at Lakewood Theatre Company. This year three musicals will be presented: The High Life (Oct 18-19, 2019), The Apple Tree (Feb. 21-22, 2020), and I Can Get It For You Wholesale (April 17-18, 2020). This year’s theme is “Barbara, Barbara, Barbra,” named for the three women (Barbara Cook, Barbara Harris, and Barbra Streisand) who originated their roles in these three musicals. The shows, staged in a concert/cabaret style, are presented script-in-hand, with minimal staging. No sets, no props (free from the usual trappings of a fully staged production).

Performances are on Lakewood's Side Door stage at Lakewood Center for the Arts in Lake Oswego, Oregon. The series sponsor is Fritz Camp, and the curatorial sponsor is Banner Bank.
The High Life

The High Life

book by Fay & Michael Kanin
Music by Arthur Schwartz and lyrics by Howard Dietz

The Story: The High Life centers on bachelor and playboy Anatol Von Huber (Colin Stephen Kane) who has decided the time has come to settle down. However, as he attempts to woo the innocent Liesl (Jennifer Davies), Anatol’s philandering ways keep interrupting their relationship. The cast of Lakewood’s production will also include Will Schindler, Teresa Lawrence, Kate Carson, Sue Ellen Christensen, and Del Lewis. The High Life will play a limited run Oct. 18-19, 2019.

Ticket prices are $20 for all seats. Contact the Lakewood Theatre Box Office at (503) 635-3901 or Click here to Purchase Single Tickets securely online.

Lakewood Theatre Company's Side Door Stage is an intimate 90-seat cabaret-style venue with general admission seating in the Community Meeting Room at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego. Light food fare, beer, wine and other beverages are available to purchase before and during the show. In 2013 Lakewood's Lost Treasure Collection series received a PAMTA "Outstanding Contribution to Theatre" award.

History of the Show:
The High Life, originally titled The Gay Life, opened on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre on November 18, 1961 and closed on February 24, 1962 after 113 performances and three previews. Directed by Gerald Freedman and choreographed by Herbert Ross, the cast included Walter Chiari as Anatol, Barbara Cook as Liesl, and Jules Munshin as Max, with Elizabeth Allen as Magda.

In 1962 It was nominated for 4 Tony Awards and won one award for Best Costume Design by Lucinda Ballard.

Howard Taubman, reviewing for The New York Times, called the show "colorful, cheerful, and leisurely in an Old World way" and wrote: "The nicest of all the gemutlich (German for agreeably pleasant) ...is Barbara Cook. As Liesl she conveys an enchanting blend of gentle simplicity and independent character. The integrity of her acting and her singing voice gives an oft-told sentimental story the credibility of human warmth."

Because of the new meaning which the term "gay" had acquired since the show's original staging, its title was changed to The High Life when it was presented in concert by the off-Broadway Musicals Tonight! in October 2005.


Ticket Information

Lakewood's 90-seat Side Door Stage theatre is located in the Community Meeting Room at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego. Tickets are $20 and are available through the Lakewood Theatre Box Office at (503) 635-3901 or Click here to Purchase Single Tickets securely online.

Light food fare, beer, wine and other beverages will be available for purchase before and during the show.

  Ron Daum - Lakewood Theatre Company

  Ron Daum, Curator/Director