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Anything Goes

July 5 - July 16 | Main Stage
2006 Season

Author: Porter, Cole
Director: Rees, Roger

“Beethoven, Bach, Wagner, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Debussy, Chopin, Verdi, Strauss and Francis Scott Key could have marched into the room for all I cared. I still wouldn’t have looked up.” That’s what Russell Crouse said after Cole Porter first played him the score of Anything Goes. He and his collaborator, Howard Lindsay, then concocted a merry musical mix of mayhem and madness on a Transatlantic crossing to bridge the spectacular songs in Porter’s outstanding score. In between the melodic and lyric perfection of “You’re the Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” “All Through the Night” and the title song, you’ll still find nightclub star Reno Sweeney setting sail, Moonface Martin (Public Enemy #13 with aspirations to be #1), and bounder Billy Crocker, stowed away in hopes of seducing heiress Hope Harcourt. But at WTF, you’ll find them alive, well and ensconced aboard an outrageously reinvented production – captained by Artistic Director Roger Rees.

“In olden days, a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking! Now, heaven knows…”


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