Anything Goes Will Embark on National Tour in Fall 2012
By Kenneth Jones
A national tour of the 2011 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival Anything Goes will launch in October 2012 at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, OH, Roundabout Theatre Company announced on Dec. 12.
Following its Cleveland engagement, the Kathleen Marshall-directed production of the Cole Porter musical comedy — set aboard a transatlantic ocean liner — will play 25 other cities including major markets like Los Angeles.
Additional cities will be announced in the coming months. For more information, visit www.anythinggoesonbroadway.com.
Director and choreographer Kathleen Marshall won the 2011 Tony Award for Best Choreography. No casting has been announced for the tour.
Sutton Foster currently stars as Reno Sweeney at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. She won her second Tony as Best Actress for her tap-happy turn in the show, opposite Joel Grey, Colin Donnell and Adam Godley.
Anything Goes features music and lyrics by Cole Porter; original book by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse; and new book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman.
The score includes such American standards as "You're the Top," "Friendship," "I Get a Kick Out of You," "It's De-Lovely," "Blow, Gabriel, Blow" and, of course, "Anything Goes."
RTC artistic director Todd Haimes said in a statement, "It is important as an institutional theatre to help great work get seen by a wider audience. While New York audiences and visitors will continue to have the opportunity to see Anything Goes on Broadway, I am thrilled to be able to follow-up Roundabout's successful national tour of Twelve Angry Men with Anything Goes, an equally extraordinary theatrical experience. There is so much pride in being able to share the work of Roundabout with audiences around the country and in their home towns."
The creative team includes Bill Elliott (additional orchestrations), 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).
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