Sydney theatre lovers are in for a treat when the brand new Australian production of the smash hit musical comedy, “Anything Goes”, presented by leading Australian theatre producer John Frost and Opera Australia Artistic Director, Lyndon Terracini, plays at the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House from 5 September 2015.

Cole Porter’s much loved musical features 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.

Winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival and Choreography during its most recent Broadway revival, “Anything Goes” is a stunning nautical favourite, hailed by The New York Times as “musical comedy joy” and called “glorious and exuberant” by USA Today,

AGJeff-Busby_2189_RDirected by Dean Bryant and choreographed by Andrew Hallsworth, it has just been announced that Gerry Connolly will play the Captain of the S.S. American in the Sydney Opera House season, following his success during the Melbourne and Brisbane seasons. Alan Jones has had to withdraw from the role, due to his increased radio and television commitments.

Connolly plays opposite Caroline O’Connor as evangelist turned nightclub singer Reno Sweeney; Todd McKenney as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh; Alex Rathgeber as young Wall Street broker Billy Crocker; Claire Lyon will be American debutante Hope Harcourt; Carmen Duncan in her musical theatre debut as Evangeline Harcourt; Wayne Scott Kermond as second-rate gangster Moonface Martin; Debora Krizak as Moonface’s girlfriend Erma and Bartholomew John as Wall Street banker Elisha J. Whitney.

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.

Sandra Tiltman

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