Autograph letter signed to his lifelong friend, actor Monty Woolley.

Los Angeles: 31 March [1936] Stock Code: 126892
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Fine ALS from Cole to Monty

A very appealing, amusing, and warm autograph letter entirely in pencil and signed familiarly "Potah", to Porter's lifelong friend and Yale classmate, the actor Monty Woolley (1888-1963). Porter writes to Woolley at the Shubert Theatre, Boston, to congratulate him on the successful tryouts of the new Rodgers & Hart musical comedy On Your Toes, in which Woolley played Sergei Alexandrovitch.

Addressing him as Beardie, Porter notes the "grand" notices from Boston "... And todayVariety, & I cried. And the show sounds so attractive & I'm so happy for you. And bless that dear Dwight Deere Wiman for realizing what the most of us only feared, that from your cradle you were destined to be a magnificent ham. We are proud of you & the wire I sent you about Marie Dressler is barely an exaggeration. Linda Porter talks of you all day long. I think the thing that has impressed her most is that you had a manicure. She said to me tonight, 'You know, in time, he might soon eat fruit.' But there's no kidding about all this. You have landed & beautifully, & I only beg you to behave & not vomit on Luella. You might even give her my love. Good night, Edgar & Strut. Potah."

On Your Toes (1936) is a musical with a book by Richard Rodgers, George Abbott, and Lorenz Hart, music by Rodgers, and lyrics by Hart. While teaching music at Knickerbocker University, Phil "Junior" Dolan III (played by Ray Bolger) tries to persuade Sergei Alexandrovich (Monty Woolley), the director of the Russian Ballet, to stage a jazz ballet. Trouble ensues when he becomes involved with the company's prima ballerina. The seasoned comedienne Luella Gear played Sergei's assistant, Peggy Porterfield, and the original producer was Dwight Deere Wiman. On Your Toes marked the first time a Broadway musical made dramatic use of classical dance and incorporated jazz into its score.

Autograph letters from Porter - particularly entirely handwritten, as here - are extremely uncommon.

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Large octavo, 2 pages, Beverly Wilshire Hotel headed paper (with integral envelope).


Lightly creased where folded otherwise in excellent condition.


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