Choreography by Christian Holder
Music and lyrics by Cole Porter, arranged and orchestrated by Judy Brown
Costumes by Christian Holder
Lighting by Clifton Taylor
The title comes from a Cole Porter song which was originally written
for Fanny Brice in 1927.
The ballet concerns the emotional journey of a woman who has to make
a decision between the reality of a secure life with her husband and
her desire to recapture her past with her lover.
The following Cole Porter music is used for Werent We Fools?:
C. P. Theme, *In the Still of the Night, *Do I Love You?,
Looking at You/*Am I in Love?, Agua Sincopada, Song, If You Could Love
Me, Rap Tap on Wood, *Werent We Fools?, Ive Got You Under
my Skin/*Werent We Fools?, Its All Right With Me, Mind if
I Make Love to You?, Werent We Fools? - Waltz, *After You, C.
P. Theme/Fools Reprise.
*These selections were sung by Mezzo-Soprano Lynne Halliday.
C. P. Theme and Am I in Love? were given their World Premiere
performances as they were discovered by the arranger/orchestrator Judy
Brown. Brown first found the music for Am I in Love? (called
by Cole Porter, Melody in F), and later found the lyrics. C.
P. Theme is the only time Cole Porter specifically identified his
songs with his initials.
Werent We Fools? was given its World Premiere by American
Theatre at City Center, New York on October 27, 2000, danced by Susan
Jaffe (The Woman), Lynne Halliday (Her Voice), Carlos Molina (Her
Husband, Ethan Stiefel (Her Former Lover) and Stella Abrera (His