Musical theatre fans are saying "gimme, gimme" after reading the Bloomberg.com news item that Tony Award winner Sutton Foster is in talks to star in a Roundabout Theatre Company Broadway revival of Cole Porter's musical Anything Goes, perhaps for 2010-11.
Roundabout had no comment, but PlayBlog has independently learned that discussions are indeed happening. Foster's belt is as famous as that of Santa Claus, and the role of Reno Sweeney in the 1934 musical comedy will give her a chance to use it. Depending on the version being staged — original? 1962 Off-Broadway rewrite? 1989 Lincoln Center rewrite? a new hybrid? — Reno's Porter-folio includes the big-voiced numbers, "Blow, Gabriel, Blow," "You're the Top" and title song, plus the more rueful "I Get a Kick Out of You," with perhaps "Buddie, Beware" and "Friendship" thrown in for kicks.
Ethel Merman, Eileen Rodgers and Patti LuPone have played Reno, the evangelist-nightclub singer who travels across the Atlantic and finds love. Bloomberg.com mentioned that Kathleen Marshall might direct the revival.