Leading Australian theatre producer John Frost and Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini today announced they will present a new production of Cole Porter’s smash-hit musical comedy Anything Goes next year. Winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival and Choreography during its most recent Broadway revival, Anything Goes is a stunning nautical favourite. Directed by Dean Bryant and choreographed by Andrew Hallsworth, this brand new Australian production will dock in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney in 2015.
Anything Goes has been hailed by The New York Times as “musical-comedy joy” and USA Today called it “glorious and exuberant!”
“Anything Goes is a shining example of classic musical theatre, complete with amazing tap numbers, hilarious jokes, unlikely happy endings and of course, wonderful songs,” said Lyndon Terracini and John Frost. “After the overwhelming success of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific and The King and I, a revival of Anything Goes featuring the dazzling music of Cole Porter seemed the obvious choice. Since its Broadway premiere, it has become one of the best loved and most revived musicals of all time.
“To head the creative team we have chosen director Dean Bryant and choreographer Andrew Hallsworth, both nominated for 2014 Helpmann Awards. Dean and Andrew have been doing amazing work on musicals worldwide, and are one of the most exciting creative teams in Australia today. Joining them will be musical director Peter Casey, set and costume designer Dale Ferguson, lighting designer Matt Scott and sound designer Michael Waters. 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 SS 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.
This is a first-class musical extravaganza, a ship-shape production that will have you ‘all at sea’ if you miss out! Leading cast will be announced next month, and single tickets will go on sale on 22 September.