“Anything Goes”: Caroline O’Connor is Merman in New Cole Porter Film

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Caroline O’Connor, the Australian singer-actress-dancer who recently made her Broadway debut in the New York company of Chicago, will star in an upcoming film about the life of Cole Porter.

O’Connor’s official website says that the actress will portray Ethel Merman in the new film, which is titled “Just One of Those Things.” O’Connor’s scenes re-create the opening night of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes and will feature O’Connor singing that show’s title tune. The footage was filmed at London’s Old Vic Theatre. Directed by Irwin Winkler, the film — according to the Internet Movie Database — also stars Keith Allen, John Barrowman, Angie Hill, Ashley Judd (as Linda Porter), Kevin Kline (as Cole Porter), Diana Krall, Alanis Morissette and Jonathan Pryce.

Caroline O'Connor made her Broadway debut as Velma Kelly in Kander and Ebb's Chicago, a role she also played in the Australian production, where she was awarded the MO Award and the Green Room Award for Best Actress in a Musical. O'Connor received an Olivier Award nomination for her performance as Mabel Normand in the West End production of Jerry Herman's Mack and Mabel, and her other theatrical credits include roles in West Side Story, Piaf and Bombshells. The actress portrayed Nini Legs in acclaimed film "Moulin Rouge," and her solo recordings include "What I Did for Love," "A Tribute to Piaf" and "Stage to Screen."

One of Broadway's most prolific songwriters, Cole Porter's musicals include Fifty Million Frenchmen; Anything Goes; Jubilee; Red, Hot and Blue!; Leave It to Me!; DuBarry Was a Lady; Panama Hattie; Something for the Boys; Kiss Me, Kate; Out of This World; Can-Can; and Silk Stockings.

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