"Anything Goes is 'the top' at the Ahmanson Theatre," says the Los Angeles Times. Hear what people are saying about this production, and watch interviews with the cast and creative team of the touring production of Anything Goes.
Could tap-dancing possibly be as fun as Rachel York makes it look? She and the cast of the Roundabout Theatre Company's Tony-winning Broadway revival of "Anything Goes," now stopping at the Ahmanson Theatre on its national tour, perform the show's exuberant title number with such saucy, effortless flair and megawatt smiles that I found myself thinking, "I'm signing up for lessons" - I, who get winded riding an escalator in heels.
Anything Goes cast members showed off their fantastic dance moves on "Good Day LA" with a tap performance (and lesson). Click the link below to watch the tap demonstration.
So you think you know the witty, stylish songwriter? Test your knowledge -- or learn something -- as you peruse these trivia questions.
The national tour of Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of "Anything Goes" made a huge splash Tuesday night at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. And why not? Full of campy fun, glamorous girls and tap-dancing sailors, the musical is a near-perfect celebration of Cole Porter and the great American songbook.
BroadwayWorld says, "Make no mistake about it, this touring production of Roundabout Theatre's Tony Award-winning Anything Goes (which opened for an eight-performance run at Tennessee Performing Arts Center's Andrew Jackson Hall on Tuesday night), manages in just over two hours to give its audiences exactly what they need. It's an escapist lark that is so smartly written, so beautifully mounted and so expertly performed that if you've never been a fan of musical theater, you'll be singing a different tune afterward. And if you're an undying fan of the genre like me, you'll be singing hosannas to the theatrical gods for blessing us with such a timeless, supremely entertaining work of art that is so uniquely American."
The News-Herald says, "This play, this production of it, and the performances within it are of such high caliber that they embody all that is so great about the Great White Way. This poster child for musical theater, in the first city on the first leg of its year-long national tour, will leave you breathless."
BroadwayWorld says, "The first national tour of ANYTHING GOES is already proving itself to be a must-see show. Rachel York is a true triple threat of theatre, dazzling the audience with her singing, acting and dancing skills time and again."
Cleveland Plain Dealer says, "From the sultry strains of 'I Get a Kick Out of You,' Porter's world-weary paean to love and ennui to her showstopping rendition of "Blow, Gabriel, Blow" at a nightclub revival meeting, York's affinity for the dame is as gloriously clear as a perfect high C."
"When I was a kid, I wanted to be a dancer," says Rachel York. "I started dancing when I was eight. I would listen to music and choreograph all these great dances in my head. My heart and head wanted to do all these fantastic things, but my body just couldn't do them. So when I got into my twenties, I decided that I was a mover, not a dancer, and that singing and acting were my forte."
Hear what Rachel York and Erich Bergen had to say about the opening previews in Cleveland, and watch them perform Cole Porter's classic, "You're The Top" on WKYC's "Live on Lakeside."
Recently, principle cast member Erich Bergen, who plays Billy Crocker on the tour, talked via email with Examiner.com. Read more about how Erich began his acting career, how he relates to Billy Crocker, and his favorite song from the show.
It took a boatload of talent to create the world of 1934 for 21st-century stage. And while ticket holders will hear those classic, wickedly clever lyrics ("You're the National Gallery, you're Garbo's salary, you're cellophane!"), this version includes delectable bonus material courtesy of Timothy Crouse and John Weidman, who did a substantial overhaul for the 1987 Lincoln Center production and then tweaked that script for Marshall's celebrated show.
Time again for romance, escape
"When you think of a Broadway musical, this is the show," says Rachel York, who dons Reno's fire-red spangles for the tour. "The great music and the romance and the ridiculous slapstick comedy and these amazing, spectacular dances.
Photo Exclusive: BroadwayWorld was recently invited to an exclusive photo shoot with the cast of the tour, in which they recreated some iconic shots with the sailors and angels in New York City!
Gina Vernaci, senior VP of theater operations at PlayhouseSquare, teased that a special guest star would be joining her onstage at the Westfield Insurance Studio Theatre, and she didn't disappoint. New mom Rachel York appeared in an eye-popping fuchsia gown and belted out Cole Porter's "Anything Goes," the title song in the Roundabout Theatre Company's Tony Award-winning revival that will make its first national tour stop in Cleveland in October.
Playing Reno Sweeney is an easy fit for York, who won raves throughout her career from the notoriously hard-to-please critic John Simon. She's played the part twice before, once in Los Angeles and again in Kansas City, Mo., and has built the character with a few familiar women in mind.
York spoke with the audience about everything from the music, to the dancing, to bringing her daughter on set.
There was no Labor Day holiday for the cast and crew of the national touring company of "Anything Goes." While most of Broadway was snoozing this past Monday morning, director and choreographer Kathleen Marshall welcomed the group who will be taking her show on the road.
After the group welcome and before the cast and crew started a run-through of the musical, Marshall offered a history lesson of her baby. Marshall explained the full history of "Anything Goes" including all stage productions and movies. Marshall noted that the version that delighted Broadway in 2011-and will be captured for the tour-is largely based on the 1987 version, with new arrangements and orchestrations and a tweaked book.
Additional casting has been announced for the upcoming national tour of Roundabout Theatre Company's ANYTHING GOES, the new Broadway revival of Cole Porter's timeless classic musical theatre masterpiece, which will make its Cleveland premiere October 2, 2012 at PlayhouseSquare as part of the KeyBank Broadway Series. Previously announced actress Rachel York will star as Reno Sweeney and Fred Applegate will star as Moonface Martin. The principal cast also includes Erich Bergen as Billy Crocker, Jeff Brooks as Purser, Joyce Chittick as Erma, Alex Finke as Hope Harcourt, Dennis Kelly as Elisha Whitney, Vincent Rodriguez III as Luke, Marcus Shane as John, Sandra Shipley as Mrs. Evangeline Harcourt, Edward Staudenmayer as Sir Evelyn Oakleigh, and Chuck Wagner as Captain.
The ensemble includes Jeremy Benton, Jacqueline Burtney, Jan Leigh Herndon, Kristie Kerwin, Gary Lindemann, Dionna Thomas Littleton, Michael Milton, Ashley Peacock, Bobby Pestka, Courtney Rottenberger, Vanessa Sonon, Kristopher Thompson-Bolden, Aaron Umsted, Mackenzie Warren, Sean Watkins, Audrey Cardwell, Alexandra Matteo, Sean McKnight, and Tony Neidenbach. Additional casting will be announced soon.
We are thrilled to announce the launch of the Anything Goes National Tour! The tour will kick off at the PlayhouseSquare in Cleveland, Ohio beginning in October 2012.
Following its opening in Cleveland, Anything Goes will cruise into more than 25 other cities during the 2012-2013 season. Additional cities and casting will be announced in the coming months.
The role of Reno Sweeney will be played by Rachel York. Rachel is best known for her critically acclaimed Broadway performances in City of Angels, Les Misérables, Victor/Victoria (Drama Desk Award), The Scarlet Pimpernel, Sly Fox, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. She also turned heads on television with her courageous portrayal of Lucille Ball in the CBS movie, "Lucy."