BWW TV: Opening Night Arrivals of ANYTHING GOES Tour in L.A. - Richard M. Sherman, Lara Pulver, Raza Jaffrey, Grant Gustin & More!
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by Michael Sterling and Jerry Evans
BWW TV's own Michael Sterling and Jerry Evans of the JLE Media Group, were on hand for the official November 28, 2012 red carpet opening of the new Broadway revival of "Anything Goes," Cole Porter's timeless classic musical theatre masterpiece now on stage at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre through January 6, 2013. Check out interviews with some red carpet arrivals below!
Winner of the 2011 Tony Award® for Best Revival of a Musical, Roundabout Theatre Company's "Anything Goes" sails direct from Broadway under the direction of Kathleen Marshall, who won the 2011 Tony Award® for Best Choreography for "Anything Goes."
"Anything Goes," the 1934 musical comedy about the lovers, liars and clowns on a transatlantic cruise is "a daffy, shipshape romp!" (Variety). 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.
Cole Porter's roundup of nostalgic hits in the production include "You're the Top," "Friendship," "I Get a Kick Out of You," "It's De-Lovely," "Blow, Gabriel, Blow" and, of course "Anything Goes."
Rachel York stars as Reno Sweeney and is joined by Fred Applegate as Moonface Martin, Erich Bergen as Billy Crocker, Jeff Brooks as Ship's Purser, Joyce Chittick as Erma, Alex Finke as Hope Harcourt, Dennis Kelly as Elisha Whitney, Vincent Rodriguez III as Luke, Marcus Shane as John, Sandra Shipley as Mrs. Evangeline Harcourt, Edward Staudenmayer as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh and Chuck Wagner as Captain.
The ensemble includes Jeremy Benton, Jacqueline Burtney, Jan Leigh Herndon, Kristie Kerwin, Gary Lindemann, Dionna Thomas Littleton, Michael Milton, Ashley Peacock, Bobby Pestka, Courtney Rottenberger, Vanessa Sonon, Ryan Steer, Kristopher Thompson-Bolden, Aaron Umsted, Mackenzie Warren, Sean Watkins, Audrey Cardwell, Alexandra Matteo, Sean McKnight, and Tony Neidenbach.
Roundabout Theatre Company's "Anything Goes" features music and lyrics by Cole Porter; original book by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse; and new book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman. The creative team includes music direction by Jay Alger with additional orchestrations by Bill Elliott, original scenic design by Derek McLane, costumes by Martin Pakledinaz, lighting design by Howell Binkley and sound design by Brian Ronan. The National Tour of Roundabout Theatre Company's "Anything Goes" is dedicated to the memory of Martin Pakledinaz, a beloved member of the Roundabout Theatre Company family. Roundabout Theatre Company's "Anything Goes" will travel to more than 21 cities during the 2012-2013 season.
Tickets for "Anything Goes" are available by calling (213) 972-4400, online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org, or in person at the Center Theatre Group box office at the Ahmanson Theatre. Tickets range from $20 - $120 (ticket prices are subject to change). The Ahmanson Theatre is located at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012. For further information about the U.S. National Tour of Anything Goes, visit www.anythinggoesontour.com