Casting is now complete for Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater's upcoming production of the classic Cole Porter musical Anything Goes, which will be presented November 2–December 23 on the Fichandler Stage. Artistic Director Molly Smith directs.
Joining the previously announced Corbin Bleu (Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical) as Billy and Soara-Joye Ross (Carmen Jones) as Reno Sweeney are Stephen DeRosa (On the Town) as Moonface Martin, Jimmy Ray Bennett (Hand of God) as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh, Lisa Helmi Johanson (Avenue Q) as Hope Harcourt, Jonathan Holmes (Anne With an E) as Captain, Thomas Adrian Simpson (Arena’s Dave) as Elisha Whitney, Maria Rizzo (Arena’s Fiddler on the Roof) as Erma, Lisa Tejero (Metamorphoses) as Evangeline Harcourt, Ben Gunderson as Purser, and Christopher Shin as Luke.
The company also includes DeMoya Watson Brown, Nicholas Yenson, Brent McBeth, Mickey Orange, Emily Jeanne Phillips, Lizz Picini, and Kristyn Pope, with swings Allie O’Donnell and Brett Uram.
“I’m excited to be tackling this musical today,” shares Smith. “America is in an ‘anything goes’ moment. You can be whatever you want to be—and fool most of the people most of the time. Although this musical was written in the 1930s, the cast is representative of America right now. Expect to experience the best and wildest tap dancing you’ve ever seen in the Fichandler and a string of brilliant comics singing their hearts out in classic Cole Porter style. Joined by a wonderful creative team who are taking this on with all the glamour and verve of the ’30s, we will bring this classic musical into the current moment.”
The creative team also includes choreographer Parker Esse, music director Paul Sportelli, set designer Ken MacDonald, costume designer Alejo Vietti, lighting designer Kimberly Purtell, sound designer Daniel Erdberg, associate music director William Yanesh, assistant choreographer Lizz Picini, dialect and vocal coach Lisa Nathans, associate director-text director Anita Maynard-Losh, casting directors Victor Vazquez and Geoff Josselson, stage manager Susan White, assistant stage manager Trevor Riley, and production assistant Dayne Sundman.