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Laura Ainsworth & Michael Gott in "Cole Porter: Elegance & Decadence"

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Michael Gott, photo by Mark OristanoLaura Ainsworth, photo by Mark Oristano

Black & White '30s glamor photos by Mark Oristano

Laura Ainsworth and Michael Gott

Critics Declare Ainsworth & Gott's Cole Porter Revue "Sublime, Dazzling, Magnificent"  and "An Unqualified Hit!"

Laura Ainsworth and Michael Gott
have created the ultimate romantic "date show," the witty and sophisticated retro revue, Cole Porter: Elegance and Decadence.  Since their sold-out debut in 2006 at Dallas' Stone Street Threatre, Laura and Michael have gone on to delight audiences at a variety of venues, from historic theaters to two state Christmas galas at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion, where then-Gov. Mike Huckabee declared them "terrific" and said if he becomes president, "they for sure get the White House gig!"

Critic Joseph Melnikoff of BroadwayWorld.com raved that Laura Ainsworth is both "a gifted comedienne" and "a fine singer with an outstanding range and genuine wit" who delighted the audience, while Michael Gott is "dazzling," a masterful pianist and a superior vocalist whose "musical artistry added romance, wit and sophistication."   He declared the show "a sublime evening" that "truly was magnificent entertainment!"

Offering an array of the chic composer’s greatest standards and wittiest comic rarities; from the aching “Night and Day,” "Love For Sale," and “Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye” to the outrageous wit of “The Physician,” “The Tale of the Oyster” and "Let's Do It" (which Gott updates with his own hilarious lyrics), Ainsworth and Gott promise the perfect night on the town for adults of all ages.  They transport the audience back in time to the great days of sophisticated, Manhattan showroom revues of the '30s and '40s; to Cole Porter's world of penthouse soirees, clever bon mots over cocktails at Broadway opening night parties, and torrid affairs among the highest of high society...Or as one critic put it, to "a time when popular music was clever and witty and romantic and sexy and written for grownups." 

"Following the first encore, (the audience was asked), 'Aren’t you glad you came?' 

The answer was a resounding cheer!"
--  Edward Southerland, Denison Herald-Democrat

"...Made us feel like we'd been transported back to Porter's time, enjoying masterful but not-too-fussy
performances of some of the best songs in the American canon.  It was a "De-Lovely" evening indeed."

-- Mike Orren, PegasusNews.com

Laura Ainsworth & Michael Gott

Ms Ainsworth, a slender, vivacious redhead, has made a name for herself in several fields.  As co-writer of her own internationally- syndicated radio service, The Comedy Wire, she provides witty one-liners and parody songs to top DJs worldwide.   She is also an accomplished singer/actress with countless plays and musicals to her credit.  Her musical lampoon of ageism and beauty obsession, "Keep Young & Beautiful" (AKA “My Ship Has Sailed”), performed with pianist Brian Piper, has appeared in major theaters, clubs and corporate events and earned her a Comcast cable special. a national TV appearance and terrific reviews.  TotalTheater.com raved that she is “a fine lounge singer with comic flair, who delivers her songs in a beautiful, sultry voice.”

Mr. Gott's sublime vocal and piano skills on the standards have prompted comparisons to many great performers such as Michael Feinstein, but his uniquely varied background in pop, musical theater, classical, jazz, opera and gospel resulted in a style all his own.  For over 10 years, Gott was the reigning song stylist of the posh Mansion Bar at Dallas' internationally-famous Mansion Hotel, but he has also played top cabaret showrooms and megachurches nationwide, recorded eight albums, shared stages with major celebrities, and composed the critically-acclaimed musicals "Split Ends" and "All Stressed Up With Nowhere To Go."  His most recent albums include "Live At The Mansion," "Surrender" (an album of his inspirational piano compositions), and a romantic Christmas CD.

Laura and Michael at the sound check for the Arkansas Governor's Mansion's Christmas gala

Ms Ainsworth said, "Having grown up watching my dad (late big band sax legend Billy Ainsworth) accompany my idols, Ella Fitzgerald and Tony Bennett, at the famous Fairmont Venetian Room, I can’t tell you how excited we are about bringing a little of that sophisticated sound back, both for older fans of this great music and for young people who have yet to discover it.”



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