All aboard for ‘Anything Goes’

  • Saturday, March 29, 2014

Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” live, April 4 and 5. PROVIDED

All aboard for one the “greatest musicals in theater history!” Cole Porter's first-class musical comedy, “Anything Goes” is sailing into the Bishop England Performing Arts Center April 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. and you don't want to miss this 2011 Tony-winning musical comedy. “Anything Goes,” the name says it all. If you haven't seen this amazing musical then surely you have missed it all. The New York Times says, “it's a deluxe candy box of Cole Porter's best songs.”

The entire action of “Anything Goes” takes place aboard the “S.S. American” sailing from New York to England. Among them are American Heiress Hope Harcourt, her fiance Sir Evelyn Oakleigh, Bishop Dobson with two Chinese converts, Elisha J. Whitney, Wall Street broker/millionaire, Reno Sweeney, ex-evangelist turned nightclub singer, and Billy Crocker who calls himself a “broken down broker.” Add to the mix Moonface Martin, public enemy No. 13 and a fugitive from the Feds) and Bonnie, and you have the recipe for great hilarity, mistaken identities and great musical numbers.

Bishop England has put together a dynamite cast to perform this exuberant show. BE veterans Dalton Hester and Cal Schaafsma play Hope and her “oh, so proper” fiance Sir Evelyn. Hannah Warren and Logan Stitch are spot on as Reno Sweeney and Billy Crocker. Sam Lawton and Donovan Thompson are perfect as the demanding Wall Street broker and the pious Bishop. And Moonface and Bonnie are played delightfully by Robert Seney and Lara Brooksbank.

Don't miss this special show that will have you rolling in the aisles with laughter. Mark down April 4 (Friday) and April 5 (Saturday) on your calendars now and plan to set sail on the S.S. American for an evening of fun and adventure. Tickets for adults are $8; children are $5. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Shows begin at 7 p.m.

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