Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini AM and leading Australian theatre producer John Frost AM has announced the final lead cast member and the ensemble cast for their new production of Cole Porter’s smash-hit musical comedy Anything Goes, which will tour Australia this year.
Bartholomew John, who played Captain Brackett in the OA/John Frost production of South Pacific in 2013, will play Ivy league Wall Street banker Elisha J. Whitney, and the Anything Goes ensemble will comprise Aljin Abella, Annie Aitken, Spencer Bignell, Jan Di Peitro, Samantha Leigh Dodemaide, Xander Ellis, Josh Gates, Alex Gibson-Giorgio, Bridget Hancock, Nicholas Kong, Evan Lever, Hayley Martin, Suzie Melloy, Imogen Moore, Glen Oliver, Natasha Paramor, Nathan Pinnell, Jordan Pollard, Ashleigh Rubenach, Mason Schaube, Greta Sherriff, Ashlee Smith and Lyndon Watts.
These performers will join the other principal cast previously announced: 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; Alan Jones as Captain of the S.S. American; Wayne Scott Kermond will play second-rate gangster Moonface Martin; and Debora Krizak as Moonface’s girlfriend Erma.
“We’re thrilled with the stellar lineup of amazing performers we have assembled, both leads and ensemble,” said John Frost and Lyndon Terracini. “The dream creative team – Helpmann Award-winning director and choreographer Dean Bryant and Andrew Hallsworth, with musical director Peter Casey, set and costume designer Dale Ferguson, lighting designer Matt Scott and sound designer Michael Waters – is creating an exhilarating version of this classic musical that will have audiences tapping their feet, and coming back a second and third time. All aboard for this saucy and splendid new production of Anything Goes!”
For decades, Anything Goes has captivated millions with its delightful story of madcap antics aboard the S.S. 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.
This dazzling musical celebration, described by Ben Brantley of The New York Times as “a deluxe candy box of Cole Porter’s best songs,” 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 run, Anything Goes is a stunning nautical favourite. This first-class musical extravaganza will dock in Melbourne in May, Brisbane in July and Sydney in September. Hailed by The New York Times as “musical-comedy joy” and USA Today called it “glorious and exuberant!”, you will be ‘all at sea’ if you miss out!
Princess Theatre, Melbourne
Season: From 31 May, 2015
Performance Times: Wed–Sat 7.30pm, Matinees Tues & Wed 1pm, Sat 2pm & Sun 3pm
Price: From $79.90*
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Groups of 12 or more call 1300 889 278
Lyric Theatre, QPAC, Brisbane
Season: From 28 July, 2015
Performance Times: Wed–Sat 8.00pm, Matinees Tues, Wed & Sat 1.30pm & Sun 3pm
Price: From $79.90*
Bookings: qpac.com.au or phone 136 246
Groups of 12 or more 07 3840 7466
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
Season: From 8 September, 2015
Performance Times: Wed–Sat 7.30pm, Matinees Tues, Wed & Sat 1pm, Sun 3pm
Price: From $79.90*
Bookings: sydneyoperahouse.com or 9250 7777
Ticketmaster.com.au or phone 1300 723 038
Groups of 12 or more call 02 8240 2290