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Friday, 05 October 2012 08:26

Roundabout Theatre Company's National Tour of ANYTHING GOES Opens Tonight, Oct 5 at Cleveland's PlayhouseSquare




At Cleveland’s PlayhouseSquare

Roundabout Theatre Company’s (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) national tour of the 2011 Tony® Award winning Anything Goes, directed and choreographed by Tony® Award winner Kathleen Marshall and starring critically acclaimed Broadway actress Rachel York as “Reno Sweeney,” will open on Friday, October 5th at Cleveland’s PlayhouseSquare as part of the KeyBank Broadway Series. Anything Goes is the winner of three Tony® Awards, including Best Musical Revival.

Following its opening, Roundabout Theatre Company’s Anything Goes will cruise into more than 25 other cities during the 2012/2013 season, including Los Angeles, Tampa, Durham, Pittsburgh, St. Paul, Washington D.C., Costa Mesa and San Francisco.

Anything Goesfeatures music and lyrics by Cole Porter; original book by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse; and new book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman. The creative team includes Jay Alger (Music Direction),  Bill Elliot (Additional Orchestrations), Derek McLane (original scenic design), Martin Pakledinaz (Costumes), Howell Binkley (Lighting Design) and Brian Ronan and Keith Caggiano (Sound Design).

Anything Goes is directed and choreographed by Tony® Award winner Kathleen Marshall. In addition to Rachel York as “Reno Sweeney” and Fred Applegate 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, Ryan Steer, Kristopher Thompson-Bolden, Aaron Umsted, Mackenzie Warren, Sean Watkins, Audrey Cardwell, Alexandra Matteo, Sean McKnight, and Tony Neidenbach.

ANYTHING GOES, the 1934 musical comedy about the lovers, liars and clowns on a transatlantic cruise is “a daffy, shipshape romp!” - Variety. When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention head out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to 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.

The National Tour of Roundabout Theatre Company’s ANYTHING GOES is dedicated to the memory of Martin Pakledinaz, a beloved member of the Roundabout Theatre Company family.

Roundabout Theatre Company’s ANYTHING GOES will travel to more than twenty-one cities during the 2012-2013 season including:


Cleveland, OH             PlayhouseSquare                                 October 2 – October 14, 2012

East Lansing, MI          The Wharton Center                            October 16 – October 21, 2012

Nashville, TN              Tennessee Performing Arts Center       October 23 – October 28, 2012

Wilmington, DE           The Dupont Theater                             October 30 – November 4, 2012

Tempe, AZ                  ASU Gammage                                    November 13 - November 18, 2012

Tucson, AZ                  Music Hall                                           November 20 - November 25, 2012

Los Angeles, CA          The Ahmanson Theatre                       November 27, 2012 - January 6, 2013

San Francisco, CA       The Golden Gate                                 January 8 – February 3, 2013

Las Vegas, NV             The Smith Center                                 February 5 – February 10, 2013

Dallas, TX                   The Winspear Opera House                 February 13 – February 24, 2013

Memphis, TN               The Orpheum Theatre                          February 26 – March 3, 2013

Naples, FL                   The Philharmonic                                March 5 – March 10, 2013

Tampa, FL                   The Straz Center                                  March 12 – March 17, 2013

Durham, NC                Durham Performing Arts Center          March 19 – March 24, 2013

Fayetteville, AR           The Walton Arts Center                       April 9 – April 14, 2013

Pittsburgh, PA              Heinz Hall                                           April 16 – April 21, 2013

Chicago, IL                  The Oriental                                         April 23 – May 5, 2013

St. Paul, MN                The Ordway                                         May 7 – May 12, 2013

Grand Rapids, MI        Devos Hall                                           May 14 – May 19, 2013

St. Louis, MO              The Fox Theatre                                  May 28 – June 9, 2013

Washington D.C.         The Kennedy Center Opera House      June 11 – July 7, 2013

Schenectady, NY         The Proctor’s Theatre                          July 9 – July 14, 2013

Additional engagements will be announced at a later date.

Roundabout Theatre Company presents a variety of plays, musicals, and new works on its five stages, each of which is specifically designed to enhance the needs of Roundabout’s mission.  Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design, is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics.  Roundabout’s Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions.  The Stephen Sondheim Theatre offers a state of the art LEED certified Broadway theatre in which to stage major large-scale musical revivals. Together these distinctive homes serve to enhance Roundabout’s work on each of its stages.

Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2012-2013 season features Rupert Holmes’ The Mystery of Edwin Drood starring Stephanie J. Block, Will Chase, Gregg Edelman, Jim Norton andChita Rivera, directed by Scott Ellis; Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac, with a translation by Ranjit Bolt, starring Douglas Hodge,Clémence Poésy & Patrick Page, directed by Jamie Lloyd; William Inge’s Picnic directed by Sam Gold; Nick Payne’s If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet directed by Michael Longhurst, with Michelle Gomez, Jake Gyllenhaal, Brian F. O’Byrne; Clifford Odets’ The Big Knife starring Bobby Cannavale, directed by Doug Hughes; Lanford Wilson’s Talley’s Folly, directed by  Michael Wilson; Steven Levenson’s The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin directed by Scott Ellis.  Joshua Elias Harmon’s Bad Jews directed by Daniel Aukin is a world premiere production that launches the sixth season of Roundabout Underground following five critically acclaimed seasons of world-premiere productions since its premiere in 2007. 

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