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Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter

From 9 critic and 19 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

About the show

This one-woman musical and theatrical journey tells the story of Linda Lee Thomas, the Southern beauty who was the driving force behind legendary songwriter Cole Porter. Please note: The Triad has a 2-drink minimum. More…

Though Cole Porter was gay, their companionship and love lasted through 35 years of marriage and together they lived a spectacular, glamour-filled life. Cole Porter's timeless music and lyrics weave through the compelling narrative, celebrating the deep love that Linda and Cole shared, while examining the darker sides of their life. "Love, Linda" includes such beloved Porter songs as "Night and Day", "I Love Paris," "In the Still of the Night" and "Love for Sale."

1h 15m | Already closed | The Triad (Upper W Side)

New York Stage Review

"A first-rate turn by Stevie Holland, who’s bringing back a work she’s been developing and improving for several years...Emotionally absorbing...Putting aside the question of who inspired the Porter love songs, Holland sings them in a clear loving voice...Notably and commendably, Holland doesn’t stick to typical renditions...It’s often said of song and songwriters that they don’t write ‘em like they used to. With 'Love, Linda'...the old saw is absolutely on the money." Full Review


“But, in the end it is Stevie Holland who deserves the accolades for taking a familiar story and turning it inside out. Her revelations of Linda's shared life with Cole Porter and her sultry, emotionally focused singing make ‘Love, Linda’ a must see for fans of the great American Songbook who want something different.” Full Review

Melinda's Malarky

"A charming & poignant cabaret show that offers an intimate ruminating of life as Mrs. Cole Porter...Between musical selections all composed by Porter, Linda looks back with fond & bittersweet memories of their lives together...The book by Stevie Holland and Gary Friedman strikes the right note between storytelling and song. Holland is adroit at taking us into her confidence...An entertaining window into Linda & Cole's collaborative co-habitation in a cabaret fashion." Full Review

DC Theatre Scene

for a previous production “A triple-threat artist delivering a Play with Music in which Holland uses the music and lyrics of Porter...Holland has managed something no other musical using old songs has succeeded in doing. She makes them further HER story, makes us believe Porter had written these songs for a score emanating from it...She attacks the songs with such intelligence and wit...Her spin on some of the great old songs is fascinating, and continues throughout the delivery of all 15 of them.” Full Review

Lighting & Sound America

for a previous production "More of a high-concept cabaret act than a full-blown musical...Holland is an affable hostess, capturing the frivolity and bravery that marked Linda's life. As a singer, her phrasing and diction are impeccable; she handles Porter's songs like the Cartier items they are. Best of all, she captures the terrible yearning at the heart of ballads...'Love, Linda' offers a portrait of that marriage that feels honest and is blessedly without mawkishness...An intimate soiree, one that will gratify fans... Full Review

Musical Theater Review

for a previous production “The one-woman show is a miniature bonbon with a gigantic score of Porter tunes, performed with elegance as well as depth...Holland explores the lyrics for both their emotion and cleverness and captures the silken beauty and jaunty sophistication of his melodies...Maltby Jr gives the show a theatrical validity, taking it smartly beyond what could be simply a cabaret...It’s Holland’s talents and the great Porter tunes, that make ‘Love, Linda’ a love letter well worth opening.” Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

for a previous production “The first half of ‘Love, Linda’ depends more on Cole’s music than on the book...The second half of ‘Love, Linda’ is very powerful and moving. The songs that open the show...seem especially appropriate to this saga. Stevie plays Linda beautifully at any and all stages of her life and she really does justice to Cole’s music. If Linda could have sung as brilliantly as Stevie does, she could have made a glorious life on her own.” Full Review

The New York Times

for a previous production “’Love, Linda’ gets its power from its songs, not from the sentimental story that strings them together...Holland is a singer, not an actress. She is most alive in the musical numbers...Feels like a cabaret show that’s found itself in the wrong space....The book goes only skin deep, and not wittily...There’s also the matter of originality. Slender though it is, 'Love, Linda' borrows phrasing and structure more than once from ’Cole Porter: A Biography’." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

for a previous production “’Love, Linda' reduces Porter to little more than a glitter-coated anecdote in a cabaret act...The show is really about Porter's wife...But as Holland has written and plays her, Linda exists exclusively as an afterthought-appendage of her husband...Accomplished as her singing might be, Holland doesn't seem to be playing a character as much as she does hawking a solo CD...Not that she has much to work with. The book contains no fresh insight...Holland is just there to sing." Full Review

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing

See it if If you love Cole Porter and want to learn more about his relationship with Linda that is not the Cary Grant, Hollywood version.

Don't see it if One woman shows that are cabaret style are not your thing

Also Excellent singing and acting with lots of charm.

Great singing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if If you are a fan of Cole Porter is this a must see. Great songs and storytelling. Cabaret style and 2 drink minimum.

Don't see it if Don't like Cole Porter or solo shows.

Delightful, Great singing, Great writing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like biographies, one person shows and the American Songbook.

Don't see it if you prefer a larger cast and a more traditional script.

Also Stevie Holland is charming as she tells the story of Cole and Linda Po... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you enjoy the music of Cole Porter and want to learn a bit about his personal life

Don't see it if you don’t care for Cole Porter standard and/or one person shows

Entertaining, Great singing, Great music

See it if Like the music of Cole Porter In Cabaret setting, not too big place.

Don't see it if You didn't like the music.

Also Small nice place, that is upstair. The restaurant is downstairs. As sh... Read more Read less

Delightful, De-lovely, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you want to hear an expert interpreter of Cole Porter songs enchant you with the tender story of the great (gay) composer & his devoted wife

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of the American Songbook, particularly Porter's contribution to it; you expect more substance & fewer sentimental anecdotes

Also Note that the Triad has a 2-drink minimum (alcoholic or nonalcoholic).

Entertaining, Intelligent, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you'd enjoy hearing some of Porter's songs sung well around stories of his life and times with his wife and others. Good band supporting.

Don't see it if you want a complete biography or deep revelations about their marriage - many things are mentioned but they are kept very polite.

Entertaining, Delightful, Romantic

See it if You love cole porter’s clever tunes in a charming cabaret setting.

Don't see it if You’re not interest in the relationship between husband and wife or the great music

Great singing, Nice lighting, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a talented singer perform songs by Cole Porter. Holland looked and sounded great, looked v. glamorous! An enjoyable show.

Don't see it if it is a cabaret show, not a play. If you enjoy the American Songbook you will enjoy this. if not, maybe not.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing, Enchanting

See it if You enjoy the music of Cole Porter and want to know about the life he led with his wife! Interesting story and great evening of entertainme

Don't see it if You don’t like intimate, cabaret style shows.


See it if Stevie Holland does a terrific job of portraying Linda Porter. One woman performance is beautifully written and Stevie is quite an actress.

Don't see it if You don't like an all Cole Porter evening.The hour long show is very tight and the three musicians are expert with lovely arrangements.

Great singing, Thought-provoking, Good music

See it if You love Cole Porter and one-woman shows. Enjoy being told an interesting story bracketed by classic songs performed well.

Don't see it if Need Interplay and a very strong arc. Mind that the songs, as is almost unavoidable don’t always enhance or wrap around the narrative.

Also The play is sensitive and balanced discussion of the beard in a public... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Cliched, Great singing

See it if you like cabaret and the songs of Cole Porter.

Don't see it if you expect a powerful story rather than songs loosely strung together by a plot artifice. Very entertaining but not really a play.

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You admire powerful solo performances, brilliant singing and storytelling, and Cole Porter's music.

Don't see it if You don't like great music and stunning performances.

During previews
Delightful, Absorbing, Great singing

See it if You enjoy one-performer cabaret with a story and a famous subject whose music prevails: Cole Porter

Don't see it if You want high production musicals and you can’t abide a single performer show with piano, bass and drums.

Also Having performed a British import revue of Cole Porter and played not ... Read more Read less

During previews
Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if Love the music of cole porter any way you can get it.

Don't see it if If you’re looking for lots of bells & whistles.

During previews
Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You enjoy the music of Cole Porter and would like to learn more about his private life.

Don't see it if You like grand scale musicals or want a deep, dramatic night at the theater. The show stays light.

During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if I’m a Cole Porter fan and was always fascinated by Linda’s story. If you want to learn more about her, see this show.

Don't see it if If you don’t like the music or small, cozy theaters, don’t see this.

During previews
Great singing, Exquisite, Entertaining, Banal, Cliched

See it if you like numbers by Cole Porter. Singing and musicians are very good.

Don't see it if you expect a musical. This is more like a cabaret show, not a musical. A story is week, I think.