What Makes it Great: Cole Porter & the Great American Songbook

Have you ever wondered what makes a work of music a masterpiece?  Rob Kapilow “uses compositional theories and vigorous storytelling to deconstruct melodies, harmonies, themes and motifs into the essence of a work’s appeal.  Lectures enlivened by audience participation and generally raucous encouragement from Mr. Kapilow, end with a performance by a soloist or orchestra of the complete work analyzed.” — The New York Times

Cole Porter & The Great American Songbook
with Broadway stars Sally Wilfert and Michael Winther

Cole Porter joyfully pushed the envelope of musical theatre with ultra-sophisticated, often risque songs.  Join us for a musical tour through his career, including classic songs like You’re the Top, Night and Day, All Through the Night, and Begin the Beguine.

Museum Members: $35
Non-Members: $40
25 and Under with Valid ID: $25

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Get tickets:  Call the Box Office at 973.971.3706

Order a pre-performance boxed meal.
Before your show, enjoy a boxed meal created by Chef Andrew Pantano of Culinary Creations. Dine in the Museum’s elegant Court or North Gallery and choose from three delectable options.


On-line ticket sales end two hours prior to a performance.  At that time, please call the Box Office for tickets at 973.971.3706.

Image Credit: Rob Kapilow at What Makes it Great at the Bickford Theatre, October 2018.  Photo by Brett Wellman Messenger.


Oct 06 2019


2:00 pm