"You're the Top": Sutton Foster to Star in Broadway Revival of Anything Goes

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Tony Award winner Sutton Foster will follow in the footsteps of Tony and Olivier winner Patti LuPone and the late, great Ethel Merman when she stars as Reno Sweeney in a new Broadway revival of Cole Porter's Anything Goes in 2011.

Sutton Foster
Sutton Foster

Roundabout Theatre Company will present the production, which will be directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall. Performances will begin in February 2011 at a Broadway theatre to be announced.

Anything Goes features music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The original book was penned by P.G. Wodehouse and Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse; this production will utilize the new book that was written by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman for the 1987 LuPone revival.

The creative team also includes Rob Fisher (music supervisor). The design team includes Derek McLane (sets), Martin Pakledinaz (costumes) and Peter Kaczorowski (lights). Additional design team and cast members will be announced shortly.

"All Aboard for this saucy and splendid new production of Cole Porter's musical romp across the Atlantic," Roundabout press note state. "When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention head out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love… proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail."

The score features such Porter standards as "You're the Top," "Blow, Gabriel, Blow," "It's De-Lovely," "I Get A Kick Out of You" and "Anything Goes." Anything Goes premiered on Broadway on Nov. 21, 1934, at the Alvin Theatre, starring Ethel Merman. The first Broadway revival premiered on Broadway on Oct. 19, 1987, at the Vivian Beaumont Theater and received the Tony Award for Best Revival.

Sutton Foster, the star of Broadway's Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tony, Best Actress in a Musical), Shrek, Little Women, The Drowsy Chaperone and Young Frankenstein — as well as the spring Encores! production of Anyone Can Whistle — will also appear in the Off-Broadway Second Stage production of Paul Weitz's new play, Trust, starting July 23. She is currently playing a solo engagement at New York's Cafe Carlyle. Visit www.suttonfoster.com.

Roundabout subscribers will have first access to tickets; visit www.roundabouttheatre.org/joinnow for details. Single tickets will be available to the general public in the fall.

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