Bon Voyage; Anything Goes Set to Close on Broadway
It’s delightful, it’s delicious, its done on Broadway. It looks as though Broadway’s biggest and best cruise ship has set a date to return to its dock from an unbelievably successful run. However, with the site of future launchings on the horizon, many are keep optimistic. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the official news that Cole Porter’s smash hit musical Anything Goes will close on Broadway this summer.
Anything Goes is a musical featuring music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The original book was written by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse. However, the book has seriously reworked for recent revivals. That new book was revised and work on by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. Anything Goes has been described in the following;
When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention head out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love… proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail. Peppering this hilariously bumpy ride are some of musical theatre’s most memorable standards, including ‘You’re the Top,’ ‘Blow, Gabriel, Blow,’ ‘It’s De-Lovely,’ ‘I Get a Kick Out of You’ and ‘Anything Goes.
The revival of Anything Goes came about during the epic theatre spring season of 2011. Previews began March 10th, 2011 and the production officially set sail (opened) on April 7th, 2011 at The Stephen Sondheim Theatre. The musical revival, turning old into gold, was directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall and produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company. The musical was originally on a 19 week limited engagement run and has since been extended 3 times for extensions. This is the second longest running show in Roundabout Theatre Company history, following their revival of Cabaret.
In this revival, Sutton Foster created the role Reno Sweeney in the 2011 revival alongside other Broadway notables such as Tony and Academy Award winner Joel Grey as Moonface Martin and Laura Osnes as Hope Harcourt. Foster has since left the cast to work on the new ABC Family series “Bunheads”, now currently airing on television. Osnes departed the production back in the summer of 2011 to work on the new Broadway musical, Bonnie & Clyde. Joel Grey can currently still be seen every night on stage next to Anything’s Goes new Reno Sweeney, Stephanie J. Block. She joined the production for a limited engagement when Foster has to work on the pilot for the new series and has since taken over the role since she has officially departed for good.
The rest of the cast includes John McMartin as Elisha Whitney, Julie Halstonas as Evangeline Harcourt, Bill English as Billy Crocker, Erin Mackey as Hope Harcourt, Robert Petkoff as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh, Jessica Stoneas Erma, Ed Dixon as Captain, Robert Creighton as Purser, Andrew Cao as Luke and Raymond J. Lee as John. Additional cast members include Lawrence Alexander, Leslie Becker, Brandon Bieber, Ward Billeison, Janine DiVita, Daniel J. Edwards, Justin Greer, Derek Hanson, Michelle Loucadoux, Brittany Marcin, Kaitlin Mesh, Shina Ann Morris, Kevin Munhall, Mary Michael Patterson, Brandon Rubendall, William Ryall, Jennifer Savelli, Kiira Schmidt, Vanessa Sonon.
The revival of Anything Goes received positive reviews all around and received 9 Tony Award nominations as well as 10 Drama Desk nominations. The musical went on to win three of these awards. Kathleen Marshall won a Tony Award for Best Choreography. Sutton Foster won a Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical and Anything Goes itself won the 2011 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. Roundabout does not hesitate in saying or priding themselves in how successful their revival of Anything Goes has been which is truly deserved. Part of that major success comes behind the master of Kathleen Marshall taking on a musical many thought was foolish to recreate. They have seen it all before with Anything Goes but apparently not. Marshall has brought this old classic show into a new century with a back bringing back interest not only in Anything Goes but older musicals period.
And while Anything Goes is set to dock in New York soon it seems, a national tour of this Tony nominated production is launching this fall and may just be coming to a city near you. Rachel York will lead as Reno Sweeney and the revival tour is set tohit over 25 major U.S. cities in the next year kicking off in Cleveland this fall.
If you can get to New York to see this incredible production of Anything Goes, make sure you check out this beautiful ship when it hopefully sails into your hometown over the next year. Who wouldn’t want to set sail with this amazing production? For more information, check out Roundabout Theatre Company’s Official Website. You can also checko out Anything Goes’ Official Broadway Website. Be sure to check out their Official Facebook Page as well. And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!