The Production Company today announced their 2011 Season.
Kicking of TPC’s thirteenth fabulous year will be the evergreen classic Anything Goes, starring Amanda Harrison as Reno Sweeney, Alex Rathegeber as Billy Crocker (both pictured above) and Anne Wood as Evangeline Harcourt.
Acclaimed choreographer Andrew Hallsworth (Carousel, The Boy Friend and many more) will be joined by colleague Dean Bryant as both make their TPC directing debut as co-directors. Both are just back from Broadway where they launched the mighty Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Hallsworth, as Associate Choreographer, re-created Ross Coleman’s choreography for Broadway while Bryant continued as Associate Director. Bryant also makes his MTC directing debut this year with the highly anticipated Next to Normal. Hallsworth will also serve as Choreographer for Anything Goes.
Anything Goes is the only the second show that TPC has repeated in its thirteen years. The late 1980s saw a lavish Anything Goes revival sweep the globe, with Reno played by Patti LuPone on Broadway, Elaine Paige on the West End and Geraldine Turner in Melbourne. London’s National Theatre mounted a revival in 2002, which transferred to the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The show has just re-opened on Broadway in a production directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall starring Sutton Foster as Miss Sweeney.
Anything Goes plays at the State Theatre, the Arts Centre, 20-24 July 2011
Kismet, closer in style to operetta than musical theatre, will feature international opera star Jose Carbo as Hajj. Janet Todd and Josh Piterman will feature as the young star-crossed lovers Marsinah and Caliph. Returning to TPC in the role of The Wazir is Melbourne favourite, Mitchell Butel.
Terence O’Connell directs, with choreography by Alana Scanlan. Peter Casey, also conducting Anything Goes, will be Musical Director.
Kismet plays at the State Theatre, the Arts Centre, 17-21 August 2011.
Finishing the 2011 season will be the Australia Premiere of the acclaimed 2006 Broadway musical Grey Gardens. After Next to Normal, this is set to be one of the most highly anticipated musicals of the year in Melbourne.
1975 documentary Grey Gardens showed Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy’s cousin and aunt “Little Edie” and “Big Edie” Bouvier Beale living in squalor in their decayed estate in the Hamptons. The musical recreates the events of the documentary in act two, following an imagined first act where a young ‘Little Edie’ flees her society wedding.
Christine Ebersole won her second Best Actress Tony Award for her work, playing the deluded ‘Big Edie’ in act one and the deranged ‘Little Edie’ in act two. Mary Louise Wilson won Best Supporting Actress for her turn as ‘Big Edie’ in act two.
Rodger Hodgman will direct his wife Pamela Rabe as ‘Big Edie’/’Little Edie’, and Nancye Hayes OAM will play the aged ‘Big Edie’. Kellie Dickerson will serve as Musical Director.
Grey Gardens plays at the Playhouse, the Arts Centre, 24 November – 4 December 2011.