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Start packing your bags - It's time to board the SS American when it docks in London for spring 2021! Cole Porter and PG. Woodhouse's classic Broadway caper is back and bigger than ever in this brand new production from Kathleen Marshall. A reimagined version of her Tony-winning 2011 spectacular, Olivier and Tony award-winning Robert Lindsay and Emmy winner Megan Mullally will be donning their tap shoes to star as Moonface Martin and Reno Sweeney, alongside the ever-delightful Felicity Kendal as Evangeline Harcourt and theatrical legend Gary Wilmot as Elisha Whitney illuminating the Barbican Centre with this gloriously escapist high-sea saga. Expect hijinks a-plenty, gags, schemes, and more when the mega-watt masterpiece sets sail this summer!
Will and Grace and Parks and Recreation star Mullally summed up the excitement perfectly, commenting: "Anything really does go, is the thing, and I'm excited to be coming to London where Robert Lindsay and I will promptly unleash ourselves upon that wonderful town for 15 weeks of farce and frolic. Under the tutelage of the devilishly clever Kathleen Marshall, we shall endeavor to do the memory of Cole Porter proud."
Bursting from port to starboard with a plethora of Porter's most beloved tunes, including 'It's DeLovely',' I Get A Kick Out Of You' and the unforgettable title track 'Anything Goes', the iconic musical first premiered across the pond in 1934, before transferring to London the next year.
What is the story?
Anything Goes has it all, a love triangle, mistaken identity, and enough razzle-dazzle song and dance numbers to keep even musical-theatre-naysayers entertained. A bumpy journey over the Atlantic ensues when lovelorn stowaway Billy Crocker, a wall street broker, falls in love at first sight with a beautiful broad he shared a taxi with. It turns out the object of his affection is American debutante Hope Harcourt, who's setting sail on the SS American with her betrothed. With the help of the ship's showgirls and sailors, Billy pulls out all the stops to win her over, leaving chaos and mischief in his wake.
Opening night: 8 May 2021
Megan Mullally as Reno Sweeney
Robert Lindsay as Moonface Martin
Felicity Kendal as Evangeline Harcourt
Gary Wilmot as Elisha Whitney
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by P.G Woodhouse, Guy Bolton and P. G. Wodehouse with revisions by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
Directed and Choreographed by Kathleen Marshall
Set design by Derek McLane
Lighting design by Neil Austin
Sound design by Simon Baker
Musical supervision by Stephen Ridley
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