Tony-Winning Revival of Anything Goes, With Stephanie J. Block and Joel Grey, Sails Into the Sunset July 8

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and Kenneth Jones
08 Jul 2012

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

The Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of Cole Porter's Anything Goes, the tap dancing romantic musical comedy set on the high seas, ends its Broadway run July 8 after more than 500 performances at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

Kathleen Marshall won the Best Choreography Tony for her work on the musical comedy revival, which she also directed. The staging won the 2011 Best Musical Revival Tony.

The Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Anything Goes began previews March 10, 2011, and officially opened April 7, 2011.

The 1934 confection has songs by Porter and a libretto by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman, who drew on the original Depression-era script (by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse) for this 1987 version of the show (it was named Best Revival at the Tony Awards that season, as well).

When it ends its run, it will have played 32 previews and over 500 regular performances. This is the second longest Broadway run in Roundabout's history, following its revival of Cabaret.



The original 2011 limited engagement subscription run was scheduled to run for 19 weeks. It went on to be extended three times, finally to Aug. 5, 2012, but soft ticket sales prompted Roundabout to cut the cruise short and shutter the production July 8.

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. Rachel York will star in the tour.

Stephanie J. Block and Joel Grey currently star in Anything Goes. 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.

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.

The current 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.

The creative team included Rob Fisher (musical director), David Chase (who penned new dance arrangements for the production) and designers Derek McLane (sets), Martin Pakledinaz (costumes), Peter Kaczorowski (lights) and Brian Ronan (sound).

The original production of Anything Goes starred Ethel Merman as Reno. The first Broadway revival of the show was produced by Lincoln Center Theater at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in 1987. Patti LuPone starred.

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

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