Artistic Director Molly Smith will direct the production with choreography by Parker Esse and musical direction by Paul Sportelli. Performances are scheduled for November 2–December 23 on the Fichandler Stage; casting will be announced at a later date.
Anything Goes joins the previously announced world premiere of the new musical Dave, which is based on the film of the same name and will open the 2018–2019 season July 13 in the Kreeger Theater. Directed by Tina Landau, the White House comedy has a book by Nell Benjamin and the late Thomas Meehan, music by Tom Kitt, and lyrics by Benjamin.
The forthcoming season will also include the new a cappella musical Jubilee, written and directed by Tazewell Thompson. Spotlighting the Fisk Jubilee Singers, who shattered racial barriers in America and abroad, the show is scheduled for April 26–June 2, 2019, in the Kreeger. Audiences can expect more than three dozen songs, including uplifting spirituals and hymns.
Two recent Broadway productions are also on the season roster: Paula Vogel's Tony-nominated Indecent (November 23-December 30, 2018, in the Kreeger) and Ayad Akhtar's Wall Street-set Junk (April 5–May 5, 2019, in the Fichandler).
Arena Stage will also offer the world premiere of two dramas: Aaron Posner’s JQA, about the presidency of John Quincy Adams (March 1–April 14, 2019, in the Arlene and Robert Kogad Cradle) and Kenneth Lin’s Kleptocracy, which explores the power of corruption through Russian Oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky and the rise of Vladimir Putin (January 18–February 24, 2019, in the Kreeger).
Audiences can also expect Ruth Goetz and Augustus Goetz’s The Heiress (February 8–March 10, 2019, in the Fichandler), and the D.C.-area debut of Turn Me Loose, Gretchen Law's play about comedian-activist Dick Gregory (September 6–October 14, 2018, in the Kreeger).
“This season is an intoxicating mix of power, politics and pleasure,” said Smith in a statement. “The time period ranges from the 1790s to the present day, covering the span of the American experience. In sum, yes, it is a dynamic series about history. In this volatile time, our season takes a deep dive into America’s past and present and sees how the lessons of the past drive us forward to revelations about the future.”