Broadway's Anything Goes Will End Cruise Earlier Than Expected; July 8 Is Final Day at Sea

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and Kenneth Jones
26 Jun 2012

Stephanie J. Block in <i>Anything Goes</i>.
Stephanie J. Block in Anything Goes.
Joan Marcus

The Tony Award-winning Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Anything Goes, which was scheduled to end its run Aug. 5, will now play its final performance July 8 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

"We had hoped sales would pick up in reaction to announcing the final eight weeks, but unfortunately the reaction was not significant enough," Roundabout artistic director Todd Haimes said in a statement. He continued, "I am so proud of Kathleen Marshall's magnificent production and am very grateful to the company for maintaining its quality for over 500 performances."

Anything Goes won the 2011 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.

As previously reported, a national tour of the Cole Porter show launches this fall in Cleveland and will play major markets including Los Angeles, Memphis, Pittsburgh, St. Paul, Dallas, Washington, DC, and beyond.

Kathleen Marshall won the Best Choreography Tony for her work on the musical comedy revival, which she also directed.



Stephanie J. Block and Joel Grey currently star in Anything Goes, first produced in 1934 and rejiggered in the 1980s by librettists John Weidman and Timothy Crouse. Set aboard a transatlantic ocean liner, the show features the American song classics "You're the Top," "Blow, Gabriel, Blow," "It's De-Lovely," "I Get A Kick Out of You" and "Anything Goes," among others.

The original limited engagement subscription run opened on April 7, 2011, and was scheduled to run for 19 weeks. It went on to be extended three times.

Rachel York will star in the tour, which begins in Cleveland in October. Sutton Foster created the role of Reno Sweeney in 2011, taking home her second Best Actress Tony. She exited the show in March to film her new ABC Family TV series "Bunheads," now airing.

Block (9 to 5, The Pirate Queen) plays Reno now, opposite Tony and Academy Award winner Joel Grey as Moonface Martin.

The cast also features John McMartin as "Elisha Whitney", Julie Halston as "Evangeline Harcourt," Bill English as "Billy Crocker," Erin Mackey as "Hope Harcourt," Robert Petkoff as "Lord Evelyn Oakleigh," Ed Dixon as "Captain," Robert Creighton as "Purser," Andrew Cao as "Luke" and Raymond J. Lee as "John." Additional cast members include Lawrence Alexander, Leslie Becker, Brandon Bieber, Ward Billeison, Janine DiVita, Daniel J. Edwards, Justin Greer, Derek Hanson, Michelle Loucadoux, Brittany Marcin, Kaitlin Mesh, Shina Ann Morris, Kevin Munhall, Mary Michael Patterson, Brandon Rubendall, William Ryall, Jennifer Savelli, Kiira Schmidt, Vanessa Sonon.

The Grammy-nominated cast album is available now through Ghostlight Records.

For more information, visit anythinggoesonbroadway.com and roundabouttheatre.org.

Watch Stephanie J. Block transform into Reno Sweeney in this exclusive Playbill.com Video: