“Cole,” based on the music of Cole Porter, opens Friday at the Kaleidoscope Theatre. It stars, from left to right, Sarah Blewett, Nathan Andrew Miller, Christian Riso, Meghan Attridge, Bobby Hall and Beth Gerardi-Wharton. (Charles Lewis/Buffalo News)
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When it comes to material for jukebox musicals and revues, you could hardly do better than the work of Cole Porter, whose vast and varied output from the 1920s through the ’40s can easily be reshuffled to suit just about any storyline. We’ve had “Hot ‘n’ Cole,” produced in 2009 by the Kavinoky Theatre, and now it’s time for “Cole,” a jukebox show opening Friday in Kaleidoscope Theatre Productions’ home at Medaille College.

The show is billed as a “musical memoir” of Porter, who wrote the addictive music and consistently clever lyrics for many hit songs of his era and ours, including “Anything Goes,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and “You’re the Top.” It takes the audience on a journey from Porter’s youth to his time at Yale and his later career on Broadway and in Paris and Hollywood.

Tickets to the show, which runs through June 28, are $13 to $20. Call 479-1587 or visit www.kaleidoscopebuffalo.com.

– Colin Dabkowski

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