Reba McEntire May Head Back to Broadway in Cole Porter Classic

News   Reba McEntire May Head Back to Broadway in Cole Porter Classic Reba McEntire, who scored a major success when she succeeded Bernadette Peters in Peters' Tony-winning role in the revival of Annie Get Your Gun, may be headed back to Broadway.

Reba McEntire
Reba McEntire

The New York Post reports that the Roundabout Theatre Company may produce a revival of Anything Goes for the country star next season. McEntire would play nightclub singer Reno Sweeney, the role created by the late Ethel Merman and later played to much acclaim by Tony Award winner Patti LuPone.

Kathleen Marshall, according to the New York daily, would likely direct. No official announcement has been made about the production, star or director.

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. Elaine Paige premiered the revised version in London.

Porter's classic score to Anything Goes includes "I Get a Kick Out of You," "Blow Gabriel Blow," "You're the Top," "Friendship" and the title tune.

In addition to Anything Goes, Reba McEntire also appeared on stage in the Carnegie Hall presentation of South Pacific opposite Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell. She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and won a People's Choice Award for her sitcom "Reba." Her Grammy-winning recording credits are numerous. Kathleen Marshall is currently represented on Broadway with the revival of Grease. She directed and choreographed the recent revivals of The Pajama Game and Wonderful Town, winning Tony Awards for her choreography for both productions. She also choreographed the Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors as well as the revivals of Follies; Kiss Me, Kate; Ring Round the Moon; and 1776. Marshall choreographed the Lynn Ahrens-Stephen Flaherty musical Seussical and the original revue Swinging on a Star. Her other Broadway credits — as creative associate or assistant choreographer — include Victor/Victoria, Damn Yankees, She Loves Me and Kiss of the Spider Woman. Marshall served as artistic director of City Center's acclaimed Encores! series for several seasons.