Like City Center's acclaimed Encores! series, Reprise! presents classic Broadway musicals with stellar casts for a limited run. Under the direction of Glenn Casale, Anything Goes will play the 500-seat Freud Playhouse from Sept. 17 to Sept. 29.
The complete Anything Goes cast comprises Brent Barrett (Billy Crocker), Rachel York (Reno Sweeney), Anastasia Barzee (Hope Harcourt), Sally Struthers (Evangeline Harcourt), Larry Cedar (Lord Evelyn Oakleigh), Fred Willard (Elisha Whitney), Jason Graae (Moonface Martin), Delee Lively (Erma), Colin Kim (Luke), Glenn Shiroma (John), Brendan Ford (Ship’s Captain), Austin Miller (Ship’s Purser), Christa Jackson (Purity), Kim Arnet (Chastity), Carmen Parks (Charity), Natalie Nucci (Virtue), Joe Hart (Henry T. Dobson), Barbara Chiofalo (Passenger #1), Julie Kenyan (Passenger #2) and Biff Ingenthorn (Sailor #4).
Anything Goes — with a score by Porter and a book by Guy Bolton, P.G. Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse — premiered on Broadway in 1934 with the legendary Ethel Merman in the role of Reno Sweeney. Patti LuPone portrayed the sassy nightclub singer in the 1987 Tony-winning revival, which featured an updated book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman. The Reprise! production will also feature the updated text. The classic Porter score includes such tunes as "You're the Top," "Blow, Gabriel, Blow," "I Get a Kick Out of You," "Friendship" and the title tune.
Barrett received an Olivier Award nomination for his role in the London company of Kiss Me, Kate, and he will continue in that Porter musical through August 24. His other theatrical credits include the Broadway productions of Chicago, Annie Get Your Gun and Candide. He received a Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for his work in the L.A. production of Chicago and has been seen Off-Broadway in Closer Than Ever, March of the Falsettos, The Death of Von Richtofen, The Time of the Cuckoo and Portrait of Jenny. His television and film appearances include "Hercules," "Longtime Companion," "All My Children," "Another World" and "Guiding Light." Rachel York is also now appearing on the London stage in Kiss Me, Kate. She received a Drama Desk Award for her performance in Broadway's Victor/Victoria, and her other N.Y. theatre credits include The Scarlet Pimpernel, City of Angels, Les Misérables and Putting It Together. York's screen credits include "Spin City," "L.A. Law," "Deadline," "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd," "One Fine Day," "Billy Bathgate," "Taking the Heat" and "Dead Center."
The Reprise! season also includes On the Twentieth Century (Jan. 21 Feb. 2, 2003) and Kismet (March 18-30, 2003). Tickets are available by calling (310) 825-2101. The Freud Playhouse is located within Macgowan Hall at UCLA.
—By Andrew Gans and Christine Ehren