Artists Series to bring ‘Anything Goes’ Monday, Feb. 23

AnythingGoes_02-23-15_squareAn American classic, Anything Goes, the upbeat musical comedy with a zany plot and lively music by Cole Porter, is coming to the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23.

Anything Goes will recreate the original direction and choreography by Kathleen Marshall. Based on the Roundabout Theatre Company production, The New York Times calls it “a zesty new revival with knockout numbers and white-hot dancing” while the AP says that it’s “so delightful, so delicious, so de-lovely!”

Among Porter songs featured are “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “You’re the Top,” “Friendship,” “It’s De-Lovely,” “Blow, Gabriel, Blow” and, of course, “Anything Goes.”

This musical comedy, based on the 1934 classic, is a story set aboard the ocean liner S. S. American, where nightclub singer/evangelist Reno Sweeney is enroute from New York to England. Reno’s friend, Billy Crocker, has stowed away to be near his love, Hope Harcourt, but Hope is engaged to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Joining this love triangle on board the luxury liner are Public Enemy #13, Moonface Martin and his sidekick-in-crime Erma. With the help of some elaborate disguises, tap-dancing sailors and some old-fashioned blackmail, Reno and Martin join forces to help Billy in his quest to win Hope’s heart.

Anything Goes has been characterized as an example of classic musical theater, complete with amazing tap numbers, campy jokes, unlikely happy endings and hummable songs. This musical is fast-paced, farcical, and kid-friendly.

As for the title name of the musical, “Anything Goes,” showbiz legend has it that during chaotic out-of-town rehearsals leading man William Gaxton,was asked if he would object to making an early entrance and replied, “In this kind of a spot, anything goes!” If the show could be said to be about anything, it’s about improvising and vamping your way out of a tight corner.

For ticket information, contact the Artists Series box office at ext. 6-6656 or visit them at their location in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse. Box office hours are Monday through Friday noon to 5 p.m.