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Let’s Do It

John Michael and Janice Sing Coward and Porter

With Mark Coughlan at the piano

Hale School Visiting Artists Programme, John Inverarity Centre

Wednesday 7.30pm August 11, 2010

Singers shine in night of sparkling song

Cabaret entertainer, John Michael Swinbank will join forces on stage with lyric soprano, Janice Taylor-Warne on August 11 in a new show especially devised for the Hale School Visiting Artists Program that will celebrate the sophisticated and moving lyrics and music of song-smiths, Noël Coward and Cole Porter.

The show, Let’s Do It is a two-act romp through some of wittiest songs ever written such as Porter’s You’re the Top and Anything Goes to Coward’s I Went to a Marvellous Party and In a Bar on the Piccola Marina. On the flip side, the two composers’ darker natures are explored in the great torch songs such as Mad About the Boy and So In Love.

John Michael has built a career out of his distinctive interpretation of Noel Coward’s repertoire with invitations to perform around the world over a 25 year career. Janice, a former principal soprano with Opera Australia is equally at home with songs by Richard Stauss and Gustav Mahler as well as the elegant showbiz composers like Coward and Porter.

The two singers will be joined on stage by Mark Coughlan, an acclaimed classical pianist who also enjoys crossing over to the Broadway repertoire.

Mr Swinbank who has worked with Mr Coughlan on a number of occasions  said that he was thrilled to be performing with Miss Taylor-Warne and Mr Coughlan at the same time to bring these work of Coward and Porter alive to a new audience. “Janice and Mark are superb musicians who will bring their exquisite classical sensibility to these charming, beguiling and amusing songs,” he said. “I, of course, will be entirely decorative and make the odd joke or two. It should be very funny.”

The performance is in two halves and begins at 7.30pm. Bookings can be made on 9347 9726 or

LISTINGS: Let’s Do It! – a romp through some of the most sophisticated love songs in the English language by cabaret entertainer John Michael Swinbank and lyric soprano, Janice Taylor-Warne with Mark Coughlan at the piano.

Hale School Visiting Artists Programme

John Inverarity Centre

Wednesday 7.30pm August 11, 2010

Bookings: or 9347 9726

GOSS: Janice moonlighted for six years with Graham Kennedy on the In Melbourne Tonight show.


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