By Kenneth Jones
07 Dec 2010
|Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN|
Roundabout Theatre Company announced the cast of 30 on Dec. 7. They will bow in a first preview March 10, 2011, at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. Tony winner Kathleen Marshall (The Pajama Game, Wonderful Town) directs and choreographs the Cole Porter musical comedy confection set on a transatlantic ocean liner.
Music and lyrics are by Cole Porter, with original book by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse, and a new book by Timothy Crouse & John Weidman.
Foster (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Shrek the Musical) plays Reno, a singing evangelist looking for love (and finding it in Lord Evelyn Oakleigh, played by British star Godley, of the most recent Broadway Private Lives), with Grey as a low-grade public enemy named Moonface Martin. Osnes (South Pacific, Grease, Bonnie and Clyde) plays Hope Harcourt, the ingenue that Billy Crocker (Connell, once of Jersey Boys and recently of Merkin Hall's Jerome Kern concert) falls for. Charles plays the Captain. McMartin (Follies, Sweet Charity, A Free Man of Color) plays Elisha Whitney. Walter (Broadway's Rumors, TV's "Arrested Development") plays matron Evangeline Harcourt.
The company also features Jessica Stone as Erma, Robert Creighton as Purser, Andrew Cao as Luke, Raymond J. Lee as John, Clyde Alves, Ward Billeisen, Joyce Chittick, Nikki Renée Daniels, Margot De La Barre, Kimberly Fauré, Josh Franklin, Justin Greer, Daniel J. Edwards, Tari Kelly, Shina Ann Morris, Linda Mugleston, Kevin Munhall, Adam Perry, William Ryall, Jennifer Savelli, Anthony Wayne and Kristen Beth Williams.
Anything Goes premiered on Broadway in 1934 and starred Ethel Merman as Reno. The first Broadway revival of Anything Goes premiered on Broadway in at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre and received the Tony Award for Best Revival. The revised script of that revival is being used here.
According to Roundabout, "When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention head out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love… proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail. Peppering this hilariously bumpy ride are some of musical theatre's most memorable standards, including 'You're the Top,' 'Blow, Gabriel, Blow,' 'It's De-Lovely,' 'I Get a Kick Out of You' and 'Anything Goes.'"
The creative team includes Rob Fisher (musical director) and David Chase (dance arranger). The design team includes Derek McLane (sets), Martin Pakledinaz (costumes), Peter Kaczorowski (lights) and Brian Ronan (sound).
Tickets are available by visiting Telecharge.com or calling (212) 239-6200 or (800) 432-7250.