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Broadway Star Davis Gaines Returns for Theatre Benefit Concert, Cole

Published December 6, 2013
Broadway Star, Davis Gaines, Returns to Tallahassee for a One-Night-Only Performance to Support Students at Florida State University

“Anything Goes” at The School of Theatre’s Benefit Concert, Cole,

a Musical Romp through the Works of Cole Porter


Davis Gaines Headshot

Photo courtesy of The School of Theatre at Florida State University.

Tallahassee, Fla. – Broadway star and local legend, Davis Gaines (Phantom of the Opera, Hello Dolly, and Camelot), returns to Tallahassee for one “De-lovely” evening, to star in the School of Theatre’s 7th annual Benefit Concert, Cole, a musical review of the works of Cole Porter.  Ten music theatre students join Gaines in this celebration of the works of one of America’s most illustrious composers. The Benefit Concert is December 14 at 7:30 pm at the Fallon Theatre, 540 W Call Street, at Florida State University.  All proceeds from this fundraiser support the students at the School of Theatre.


“We are excited to welcome Davis back to Tallahassee,” said Executive Director of the School of Theatre, Cameron Jackson. “It is a thrill that Davis is eager to come back and share his talent with our audience. He has been shaped as an artist by his time at FSU and is now lending a hand to help support the next generation of theatre professional.”


This is not just “Another Opening, Another Show,” it is a chance for the School of Theatre to showcase the world-class talent that starts at Florida State University. This one-night-only concert performance features crowd-pleasing classics, including: Night and Day,” “What is this Thing Called Love,” “Why Can’t You Behave?” and “Let’s Misbehave,” among many other classic American standards. After the performance, Gaines and the cast join guests on-stage for a reception.


Davis Gaines is most noted for performing the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, more than 2,000 times in runs on Broadway, in Los Angeles, and San Francisco.  In addition to appearing in multiple Broadway and regional performances and winning numerous honors and awards, Gaines has sung for five US presidents, performed at the Kennedy Center Honors and performed with every major orchestra in North America.  Gaines frequently returns to Tallahassee to give back to the community; however, this performance marks his first time back to perform for Tallahassee audiences since 2011.

Full bios and headshots are available upon request.


Produced by arrangement with Derek Glynne and first presented at the Mermaid Theatre, this concert production is directed by Fred Chappell and music directed by Gayle Seaton.  Benny Green and Alan Strachan devised this entertainment based on the words and music of Cole Porter. Music and lyrics are by Cole Porter and original music arrangements are by Kenneth Moule. Cole is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.



tickets for Cole are $75.00 and $45.00 (without post-show reception).

Tickets can be purchased through the Fine Arts Ticket Office at or (850) 644-6500.


The Fine Arts Ticket Office

540 W Call Street
Tallahassee, FL
Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.