Denis Quilley withdraws from Anything Goes through illness

Denis Quilley withdraws from Anything Goes through illness

Denis Quilley has withdrawn from Anything Goes, which transfers to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, opening on 7 Oct 03, following previews from 26 Sep 03 and booking to 17 Jan 04.

According to a spokewoman "Denis has been quite ill and, as he is unsure whether he will be well enough, has therefore pulled out of "ANYTHING GOES". However, depending on the situation later in the run he may rejoin the cast."

Denis Quilley was to have played Elisha Whitney, the part he played at the National Theatre run.

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

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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