PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "There's No Cure Like Travel!" On the Road with Vincent Rodriguez III and Anything Goes

By Matthew Blank
August 13, 2013

Vincent Rodriguez III is currently appearing as "Brother Luke" in the first national touring company of Roundabout's Tony-winning Anything Goes revival. He shares a wide variety of pics from backstage and on the road at a few recent East Coast stops.





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After applying some lip balm and lip liner, I blot. Can't go on stage looking like a drag queen. Unless I'm in Kinky Boots, Priscilla or La Cage. Hint hint: Kinky Boots =P
Photo by Vincent Rodriguez III



The cast recently celebrated its 300th performance. A few fun facts:

- Reno's "Blow Gabriel Blow" dress features over 1,700 Swarovski crystals and over 2,000 sequins. Each was hand-sewn to the gown.

- Twizzlers are the favorite backstage snack of the cast and crew. They go through about five pounds of them every week.

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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.


Rachel York, who plays singer-evangelist Reno Sweeney, is joined by Fred Applegate as Moonface Martin, Erich Bergen as Billy Crocker, Alex Finke as Hope Harcourt and original Broadway cast member Joyce Chittick as Erma.

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.

For more information, visit anythinggoesthemusical.com.