Casting announced for Anything Goes at Drury Lane 26 Sep 03

Casting announced for Anything Goes at Drury Lane 26 Sep 03

Casting has been announced for The National Theatre production of Anything Goes, which transfers to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, opening on 7 Oct 03, following previews from 26 Sep 03 and booking to 17 Jan 04.

The 45-strong company will be headed by Sally Ann Triplett (Reno Sweeney) and John Barrowman (Billy Crocker).

The show also stars Simon Day (Lord Evelyn Oakley), David Delve (Ship's Purser), Paul Grunert (Ship's Captain), Martin Marquez (Moonface Martin), Annette McLaughlin (Erma), Denis Quilley (Elisha Whitney), Mary Stockley (Hope Harcourt) and Susan Tracy (Evangeline).

Also in the cast are Christopher Bennett, Philip Browne, Anthony Cable, Raymond Chai, Yao Chin, Leigh Constantine, Liz Cooper-Gee, Edwina Cox, Julia-Ann Dixon, Jason Gardiner, Shaun Henson, Julia Hinchcliffe, Christopher Howell, Emma Hurst, Adam Jones, Sarah Keeton, Duncan Macvicar, Matthew Malthouse, Gary Milner, Lisa O'Hare, Joseph Pitcher, Nick Searle, Corey Skaggs, Nicola Sloane, Duncan Smith, Phil Snowden, Rachel Stanley, Clare Taylor, Andrew Wright, Danielle Young.

The show, which won the 2003 Laurence Olivier Award for 'Outstanding Musical Production', had a sell-out season at the National from December 02 to March 03 and received superb notices from the popular press: THE INDEPENDENT says, "Nunn's production is de-licious, de-lightful, de-lovely – and de-finitive." THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Sparkling wit on an ocean of champagne." DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "The show's the top, it's the Trevor Nunn, it's the top, it's tremendous fun."THE GUARDIAN says, "Enjoyable show."

The musical has music and lyrics by Cole Porter, original book by PG Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse, new book by Timothy Crouse & John Weidman.

It is directed by Trevor Nunn, designed by John Gunter, costumes by Anthony Powell, lighting by David Hersey and choreography by Stephen Mear.

Among the passengers heading for England on the luxury liner S.S. American are Reno Sweeney, a sometime celebrity evangelist turned nightclub entertainer and Lord Oakleigh, a wealthy English aristocrat, accompanied by his debutante fianc‚e, Hope Harcourt, her protective mother and Wall Street millionaire, Eli Whitney. Less legally on board are the stowaway Billy Crocker, desperately pursuing Hope, and Moonface Martin, Public Enemy Number Thirteen, desperately seeking the kind of notoriety enjoyed by Snake Eyes Johnson, who the F.B.I. believe to be making the trip in disguise.

Songs includes I' Get A Kick Out of You', 'You're the Top', 'It's De-Lovely', 'Blow Gabriel Blow', 'You'd Be So Easy to Love', 'All Through the Night' a'Anything Goes'.

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