Foster and Marshall Talk Preliminary Plans for Anything Goes

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Kathleen Marshall plans to utilize Sutton Foster's triple-threat talents to their fullest, as she revealed in an Aug. 23 Times Talk that paired her with her the star of the upcoming revival of Anything Goes.

Two-time Tony-winning director-choreographer Marshall said, "It will be nice to have a Reno Sweeney who doesn't have to leave the stage during the production numbers," a remark that was followed by an obliging high kick from Foster.

Marshall said the Roundabout revival will "basically" utilize the Timothy Crouse-John Weidman book that was written for the 1987 Lincoln Center revival, which starred Patti LuPone as evangelist-cum-nightclub-singer Reno. Marshall mentioned that she will be working with the authors to tailor the book "for our production and our cast" — whether that means audiences will hear additional Cole Porter tunes, as seems to happen in every major revival of Anything Goes, was left unspoken. Marshall did say that David Chase will be writing new dance music specifically for the production.

Details on casting for additional roles, which Marshall and her team are in the process of doing, were also not discussed, though Marshall seemed very excited at some of her prospects.

The revival will feature a cast of 30 and an orchestra of 16 in the newly renamed Stephen Sondheim Theatre, of which Marshall said, "The facilities are fantastic but the house is so intimate."

Since rehearsals for the revival don't begin until January, the talk mainly consisted of Marshall talking to Foster about her background. (Foster, currently appearing in the Second Stage play Trust, has been performing professionally since her late teens but did not start formal voice training until she took on her first starring, Tony-winning role in Thoroughly Modern Millie.) Marshall also talked about the preliminary production meetings with her designers which are already taking place, and both women took questions from the audience.

Anything Goes will begin previews March 10, 2011, for an official opening April 7.

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