British playwright, composer, songwriter, actor and singer Noel Coward may have been one of the first multi-hyphenates and an influencer long before such concepts existed. Coward died in 1973 at the age of 73 and will be remembered on the 50th anniversary of his death with a new documentary, Mad About The Boy – The Noel Coward Story, due out in 2023.
A cover of the title track, first released in 1932, is provided by Adam Lambert, whose version – produced by Amanda Ghost and Johnny Coffer – is due out on October 7th. The former American Idol finalist and touring Queen singer called Coward “an inspiration”. A committed bachelor and gay man, Coward was the ultimate socialite, known for his lively and spirited parties – which included guests like the Queen Mother. Knighted in 1970, he received a Tony Award that same year. His stage and film credits include Brief Encounter, Blithe Spirit and Private Lives.
Coward moved to Jamaica in his adult years and died there at his home known as the Firefly Estate, where a sculpture overlooking the island’s north coast survives.
The documentary about his life will be directed by Barnaby Thompson, who said: “Noel Coward was a fascinating character. He invented the modern Englishman – witty, sophisticated and stylish – but was born poor and left school at the age of 9. He was a sex symbol queer in a very straight world and he was banned from the country he defined. ”
The songs of the prolific songwriter Coward – Warner Music houses his catalog – are also used in the film.
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