March 6, 2015

Carmen Duncan, Claire Lyon, Alex Rathgeber, Caroline O'Connor, Todd McKenney, Wayne Scott Kermond, Debora Krizak, Alan Jones in Anything Goes (c) Kurt Sneddon

Hailed by The New York Times as “musical comedy joy” and called “glorious and exuberant” by USA Today, “Anything Goes”, Cole Porter’s much loved musical, featuring a hilarious tale of topsy-turvy relationships, mistaken identities and foiled plots, peppered with some of musical theatre’s most memorable standards including You’re The Top, De-Lovely, I Get A Kick Out Of You and of course the title song, Anything Goes, is soon to open in Australia.

Winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival and Choreography during its most recent Broadway revival, “Anything Goes” is a stunning nautical favourite. Presented by leading Australian theatre producer John Frost, and Opera Australia Artistic Director, Lyndon Terracini, the brand new Australian production of the smash hit musical comedy will be directed by Dean Bryant and choreographed by Andrew Hallsworth.

An excellent cast, featuring some of Australia’s most talented performers, including Caroline O’Connor as Reno Sweeney, Carmen Duncan as Evangeline Harcourt, Todd McKenney as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh and Radio Personality Alan Jones as The Captain, to name just a few, will be appearing in this delightful musical comedy, which will play in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.

For decades, “Anything Goes” has captivated millions with its story of madcap antics aboard the SS American. When the ocean liner embarks from New York to London, etiquette and convention get tossed out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to find 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.

“Anything Goes” is a shining example of classic musical theatre, complete with amazing tap dancing, hilarious jokes, unlikely happy endings and of course, wonderful songs,” said Lyndon Terracini and John Frost. “After the overwhelming success of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” and “The King and I”, a revival of “Anything Goes” featuring the dazzling music of Cole Porter seemed the obvious choice. Since its Broadway premiere, it has become one of the best loved and most revived musicals of all time.

“Anything Goes” plays at the Princess Theatre, Melbourne from 27 May 2015, Lyric Theatre, QPAC, Brisbane from 28 July 2015 and the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House from 8 September 2015.

Sandra Tiltman – PHOTO: Kurt Sneddon