Harley Jessup Craig Jessup
Craig Jessup has found that to really do actor and composer Sir Noël Coward's work, he needs to do it in a British accent. So that's what he did with his three-month sold out show at Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco, as well as at other shows at the Exit and Eureka Theatres.
Now Jessup, who recently released an album of original work, "Vantage Point," is back with a Christmas show, "A Swell Noël," at the Aurora Theatre, which features some of Coward's work as well as Jacques Brel, Stephen Sondheim, the Gershwins, and Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart.
Jessup, who has been interested in Coward's life and work for more than a decade, says that he has a lot of fun doing his songs.
"He had a way of turning a phrase that was hysterical," he said. "He was sarcastic and biting and satirical. He was big in World War II, and did songs like "Bad Times Just Around the Corner."More »