National Tour of Anything Goes Lays Down Its Gangplank in Cleveland; Rachel York, Fred Applegate, Erich Bergen Star
By Kenneth Jones
Rachel York is good company on the national tour of Cole Porter's Anything Goes, launching Oct. 2 in Cleveland. Her shipmates in the transatlantic-set show include Fred Applegate (Young Frankenstein, Sister Act) as Moonface Martin, Erich Bergen (Jersey Boys tour, Hero in Chicago) as Billy Crocker, Alex Finke is Hope Harcourt and original Broadway cast member Joyce Chittick (The Pajama Game) as Erma.
Kathleen Marshall directed and choreographed the Roundabout Theatre Company revival of the Cole Porter musical at Broadway's Stephen Sondheim Theatre. It won the Tony as Best Revival of a Musical in 2011, and Marshall won the Choreography Tony. She returns to create the tour, surfacing at the Palace Theatre in Cleveland's Playhouse Square. It plays there to Oct. 14.
York, who plays singer-evangelist Reno Sweeney, starred in Broadway's Victor/Victoria, City of Angels and Les Miserables.
The principal cast also includes Jeff Brooks as Purser, Dennis Kelly as Elisha Whitney, Vincent Rodriguez III as Luke, Marcus Shane as John, Sandra Shipley as Mrs. Evangeline Harcourt, Edward Staudenmayer as Sir Evelyn Oakleigh, and Chuck Wagner as Captain. The ensemble includes Jeremy Benton, Jacqueline Burtney, Jan Leigh Herndon, Kristie Kerwin, Gary Lindemann, Dionna Thomas Littleton, Michael Milton, Ashley Peacock, Bobby Pestka, Courtney Rottenberger, Vanessa Sonon, Ryan Steer, Kristopher Thompson-Bolden, Aaron Umsted, Mackenzie Warren, Sean Watkins, Audrey Cardwell, Alexandra Matteo, Sean McKnight, and Tony Neidenbach.
Anything Goes, set aboard a transatlantic liner, first appeared in 1934, boasting music and lyrics by Porter ("You're the Top," "I Get a Kick Out of You," "Blow, Gabriel, Blow") and a book by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse. In the 1960s, it was revised for an Off-Broadway run, and had a larger makeover (with new book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman) in the 1980s, when Lincoln Center Theater revived it to acclaim. It's that last version of the show that Roundabout has revived. Sutton Foster won the 2011 Best Actress Tony Award for playing Reno — and tapping her way through the eight-minute title number at the close of Act One. Ghostlight Records released the cast recording.
The creative team includes music direction by Jay Alger with additional orchestrations by Bill Elliot, original scenic design by Derek McLane, costumes by Martin Pakledinaz, lighting design by Howell Binkley and sound design by Keith Caggiano and Brian Ronan.
The tour is dedicated to the memory of Martin Pakledinaz, a beloved member of the Roundabout Theatre Company family, who died earlier this summer.
Anything Goes will travel to more than 21 cities — including Nashville, Memphis, San Francisco, Dallas, Los Angeles, Toronto, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and more — during the 2012-13 season. Additional engagements will be announced.
The list of cities on the national tour so far includes:
Cleveland, OH, PlayhouseSquare Oct. 2-14
For more information, visit anythinggoesthemusical.com.
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