Love, Linda (The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter)


Love, Linda (The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter)

Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  1w

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Stevie Holland, with Gary William Friedman
Arrangements and Additional Music by Gary William Friedman

Love, Linda is a one-woman musical about Linda Lee Thomas, the Southern beauty who married - and was a driving force behind - legendary songwriter Cole Porter.

Image: Carol Rosegg

Love, Linda (The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter)

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  • Duration
    75 Minutes
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    Appropriate for all audiences
Love, Linda (The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter)



In this tour-de-force one-woman show, Linda Lee Thomas (Mrs. Cole Porter), candidly recounts, through song and story, her life’s journey with Cole Porter. Though Porter was gay, their companionship and love lasted through 35 years of marriage and a spectacular, glamour-filled life. With innovative arrangements, the timeless music and lyrics of Cole Porter weave through the compelling narrative of Love, Linda, examining the darker sides of their life, while also celebrating the deep love that blossomed through their unconventional relationship.

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Love, Linda opened Off-Broadway at the York Theatre in 2013, starring Stevie Holland and directed by Richard Maltby, Jr.

In this tour-de-force one-woman show, Linda Lee Thomas (Mrs. Cole Porter), candidly recounts, through song and story, her life’s journey with Cole Porter. From the first time she lays eyes on the very young Cole, she knows that he’s the refreshing change of pace her life is crying out for, after an abusive marriage to an overbearing first husband.

Cole’s homosexuality is of no consequence to Linda, as long as she has his love. After a whirlwind honeymoon around the world, Linda and Cole settle in Paris, and begin to develop Cole’s career. Linda introduces Cole to some of the greatest artists residing in Europe at the time, and with Cole’s great talent and discipline, she enlists friends such as Irving Berlin, to open the doors that lead Cole to his first successes on Broadway.

In the course of the show, Linda takes us behind the glitter of their sensational social life, sharing intimate, and at times heartbreaking moments, such as the dashed dreams of having a child, Cole’s occasional hurtful sexual escapades, his crippling horse accident and her own failing health. To quote Linda from the show, their journey together was far from “a picture-perfect postcard”, but by the end of her story, she has definitively made the case that “just because a love between two people may be difficult to define, that doesn’t mean it didn’t exist.”

Musical numbers, cleverly taken out of their original context, include the hits "So In Love," "I Love Paris," "My Heart Belongs to Daddy," "Night and Day," and "Wunderbar," plus  lesser-known gems like "When A Woman’s In Love."

Linda Lee Thomas (Mrs. Cole Porter).

The character is portrayed looking back at her life, after she has left this world. Therefore, the role is available to a wide range of actors, aged anywhere from thirty to mid-fifties.

  • Time Period 1950s, 1940s / WWII, 1930s, 1920s
  • Setting

    Bare stage/minimal set.

  • Features Period Costumes
  • Additional Features No intermission
  • Duration 75 Minutes
  • Cautions
    • Mild Adult Themes


“One of the BEST Cole Porter Shows EVER.” – Robert Kimball, Historian and Author of The Complete Lyrics of Cole Porter

“A clever and moving biography...A must see for fans of the great American Songbook who want something different.” – Joel Benjamin,

“An emotionally absorbing solo show.” – David Finkle, New York Stage Review

“[Love, Linda] has managed something no other musical using old songs has succeeded in doing. (Linda) makes (the songs) further HER story, makes us believe Mr. Porter had written these songs for a score emanating from it. Even songs as familiar to us as “Night and Day” and “In The Still of the Night” resonate differently.” – Richard Seff, DC Theatre Scene


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    Love, Linda - Film Trailer

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    Medley from Love, Linda


  • Love, Linda (The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter)

    Image: Carol Rosegg


Song Samples

Opening: So In Love/What Is This Thing Called Love?
I Love Paris
Miss Otis Regrets
The Scampi
In The Still Of The Night
Ours (Reprise)
Let's Be Buddies
Ridin' High
Love For Sale
My Heart Belongs To Daddy
I'm Throwing A Ball Tonight
Night And Day / There's A Hollywood That's Good
When A Woman's In Love
1. “So In Love”
2. “What Is This Thing Called Love?”
3. “Ours”
4. “I Love Paris”
5. “Miss Otis Regrets”
6. “The Scampi”
7. “In The Still Of The Night”
8. Reprise: “Ours”
9. Medley
10. “Let’s Be Buddies”
11. “Ridin’ High”
12. “Love For Sale”
13. “My Heart Belongs To Daddy”
14. “I’m Throwing A Ball Tonight”
15. “Night And Day”/”There’s A Hollywood That’s Good”
16. “Wunderbar”
17. “When A Woman’s In Love”

Full Orchestration



  • Musical Style Classic Broadway, Jazz
  • Dance Requirements Easy
  • Vocal DemandsModerate
  • Orchestra Size Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size No Chorus

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Cole Porter

Cole Porter was born in Peru, Indiana in 1891 and died in Hollywood 73 years later. In between, he wrote some of the most memorable songs ever heard on stage or screen, among them “Night and Day,” “Begin the Beguine,” “You’re The Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “Love For Sal ...

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Stevie Holland

Stevie Holland is a jazz vocalist, playwright, lyricist and performer.

She created the one-woman musical Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter with award-winning composer Gary William Friedman. Love, Linda enjoyed a successful Off-Broadway Premiere at the York Theatre 2013 ...

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Gary William Friedman

Gary William Friedman is the composer of the Tony-nominated, Obie Award-winning musical The Me Nobody Knows. Other theater credits include Taking My Turn (Outer Critic's Circle Award), which was presented on PBS Television's Great Performance Series, and Treasure Island (Broa ...

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