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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Tony Award-winning revival of Anything Goes added to Mirvish 2012-13 Subscription Season

News Release 
Tony Award-winning Musical to Play Toronto
July 16 to August 18, 2013

Rachel York Stars as Reno Sweeney

David Mirvish is delighted to announce the addition of the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Tony Award®-winning ANYTHING GOES, the new Broadway revival of Cole Porter’s timeless classic musical theatre masterpiece, to the 2012-13 Mirvish Theatre Subscription.

Starring one of Broadway’s leading lights, Rachel York, ANYTHING GOES will be performed July 16 to August 18, 2013 at a Mirvish theatre to be announced. 

ANYTHING GOES joins an exciting and eclectic line-up of shows on the 2012-13 subscription season: (chronologically) BACKBEAT, SISTER ACT, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, THE WIZARD OF OZ and THE BOOK OF MORMON.
 

ANYTHING GOES replaces the previously announced HONEYMOON IN VEGAS, whose producers had intended to open their show in Toronto on the Mirvish season but scheduling conflicts have forced them to change their plans.  Its producers will announce future plans for HONEYMOON IN VEGAS soon.

Winner of three 2011 Tony Awards®, including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Choreography for Kathleen Marshall, who also directed this production, ANYTHING GOES is described by The New York Times as “a zesty new revival with knockout numbers and white-hot dancing” while the AP exclaims that it’s, “so delightful, so delicious, so de-lovely!”

Says David Mirvish: “ANYTHING GOES is one of my favourite musicals, and to bring it back to Toronto in the wonderful new Roundabout production is a privilege and a joy.

“We’ve already had great success in our subscription season with Roundabout’s acclaimed production of TWELVE ANGRY MEN, which sold-out its original Toronto run several seasons ago and had to be brought back for an encore engagement to fulfill audience demand.

“I’m confident Toronto audiences will embrace this new Roundabout production with the same enthusiasm and excitement.”

The Story & Music

When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention head out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love... proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail.

Cole Porter’s roundup of nostalgic hits in ANYTHING GOES include “You’re the Top,”“Friendship,”“I Get a Kick Out of You,”“It’s De-Lovely,”“Blow, Gabriel, Blow” and, of course “Anything Goes.”

About The Roundabout Theatre Company Production

Roundabout Theatre Company’s ANYTHING GOES played for over 500 performances on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.  The national tour, which will be the production that will play Toronto, launches October 2012 in Cleveland, OH.

ANYTHING GOES features music and lyrics by Cole Porter; original book by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse; and new book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman. The creative team, under Kathleen Marshall’s direction, includes music direction and conductorship by Phil Reno with additional orchestrations by Bill Elliot, original scenic design by Derek McLane, costumes by Martin Pakledinaz, lighting design by Howell Binkley and sound design by Brian Ronan.

The New Broadway Cast Recording of Roundabout Theatre Company’s ANYTHING GOES, nominated for a 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album, is available on Ghostlight Records.

A History of ANYTHING GOES

The original production of ANYTHING GOES starred Ethel Merman as Reno Sweeney. The first Broadway revival of the show was produced by Lincoln Center Theater at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in 1987. Patti LuPone starred. That version of the property has been revived by Roundabout Theatre Company.

There had been an earlier rewrite of the property that played Off-Broadway’s Orpheum Theatre in 1962, starring Hal Linden and Eileen Rodgers. For 25 years, it was the primary licensable version of the title, and spawned a cast album (introducing show tune fans to such interpolated oddities as “Heaven Hop” and “Let’s Step Out”). A 1988 studio recording of the score as it would have been heard opening night (with original tempos and orchestrations) was released by EMI Classics, with Kim Criswell as Reno and Frederica Von Stade as Hope. It was under the music direction of the late conductor and music historian John McGlinn, who added an appendix featuring songs written for but not used in 1934.

Creative Team Bios

KATHLEEN MARSHALL received 2011 Tony®, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Awards for choreography and Tony®, Drama Desk and Outer Critics nominations for direction for Roundabout Theatre Company’s Anything Goes. Also for Roundabout, Kathleen directed and choreographed The Pajama Game and choreographed Follies and 1776. Other Broadway credits include Wonderful Town; Grease; Boeing-Boeing; Little Shop of Horrors; Seussical; Kiss Me, Kate; and Swinging on a Star. Off-Broadway: Two Gentlemen of Verona (New York Shakespeare Festival), Saturday Night (Second Stage), Violet (Playwrights Horizons) and As Thousands Cheer (Drama Dept). City Center Encores!: Bells Are Ringing, Applause, Carnival, Hair and Babes in Arms; Artistic Director for four seasons. For ABC/Disney: “Once Upon a Mattress” and Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” (Emmy nomination). She has received two Tony® Awards, two Drama Desk Awards, two Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Astaire Award, the George Abbott Award, the Richard Rodgers Award and the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for the Arts. Ms. Marshall is the Vice President of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and is an Associate Artist of the Roundabout Theatre Company. For Scott, Ella and Nathaniel.

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) was most recently represented across the country with the critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning national tour of Twelve Angry Men that toured the country for 2 years, spending 63 weeks across the United States and Canada. Roundabout’s longest-running musical, the revival of Cabaret, received a multi-year tour across the country beginning in 1999. In 2011, Roundabout Theatre Company’s acclaimed work reached a worldwide cinema audience with the HD capture and broadcast of their Tony nominated production of The Importance of Being Earnest, starring Brian Bedford.

Now in its 46th season, Roundabout has become one of New York City’s most accomplished cultural institutions and one of the country’s largest not-for-profit theatre companies. With four theatres both on Broadway and off, Roundabout reaches over 600,000 theater goers annually, including over 35,000 subscribers, through award-winning productions of classical and contemporary plays and musicals. In addition to providing an artistic home for many of the finest actors, playwrights, composers and directors of our time, Roundabout is home to model education and outreach programs designed to diversify and develop the theatre’s audiences. With four distinctive homes, the American Airlines Theatre, Studio 54 and the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, site of the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, Roundabout has the unique ability to do high-quality, professional stagings of work in a venue perfectly suited to enhance each production. Roundabout also programs the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, where its 2011 Tony Award winning production of Anything Goes played. Since moving to Broadway 20 years ago, Roundabout productions have received 181 Tony® nominations, 174 Drama Desk nominations and 195 Outer Critics Circle nominations. Production highlights include Anna Christie, She Loves Me, A View from the Bridge, 1776, Nine, Assassins, Intimate Apparel, The Understudy, The Pajama Game, Sunday in the Park with George, Waiting for Godot, The Importance of Being Earnest and Cabaret, one of the longest-running musical revivals in Broadway history.

Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2011-2012 season featured Simon Gray’s The Common Pursuit, directed by Moisés Kaufman; Mary Chase’s Harvey starring Jim Parsons, Jessica Hecht & Charles Kimbrough, directed by Scott Ellis. The 2011 Tony® Award winning Anything Goes will set sail on a National Tour at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square in October 2012.  Following its opening in Cleveland, Anything Goes will cruise into more than 25 other cities during the 2012/2013 season.

Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2012-2013 season features Rupert Holmes’ The Mystery of Edwin Drood starring Stephanie J. Block, Will Chase, Gregg Edelman, Jim Norton and Chita Rivera, directed by Scott Ellis; Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac, with a translation by Ranjit Bolt, starring Douglas Hodge, Clémence Poésy, Patrick Page, directed by Jamie Lloyd; William Inge’s Picnic directed by Sam Gold; Nick Payne’s If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet directed by Michael Longhurst, with Annie Funke, Michelle Gomez, Jake Gyllenhaal, Brian F. O’Byrne; Clifford Odets’ The Big Knife starring Bobby Cannavale, directed by Doug Hughes; Steven Levenson’s The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin directed by Scott Ellis.

Joshua Elias Harmon’s Bad Jews directed by Daniel Aukin is a world premiere production that launches the sixth season of Roundabout Underground following five critically acclaimed seasons of world-premiere productions since its premiere in 2007. 

COLE PORTER (Music & Lyrics) was born in Peru, Indiana, in 1891. He graduated from Yale, where his football songs are still popular. After the failure of his first Broadway show, he lived in Europe, where he married legendary beauty Linda Lee Thomas. Returning to New York in the late 1920s he gained renown for many great songs, including “Night and Day,” “Begin the Beguine,” “You’re the Top” and “I Get a Kick Out of You.” His 1930s were highlighted by such Broadway offerings as Anything Goes, Gay Divorce and Jubilee. A crippling riding accident in 1937 left him in constant pain, yet he continued to write memorable scores, among them Can-Can, Silk Stockings and his masterpiece, Kiss Me, Kate. He died in 1964.

GUY BOLTON (1884-1979) and P.G. WODEHOUSE (1881-1975) were both born in England. They were introduced by Jerome Kern, and he suggested they all work together. They did, tirelessly, and in the beginning of their collaboration wrote nearly one show per month — the famed Princess Theatre musicals. Bolton and Wodehouse went on to write more than 20 musicals together. Usually, they collaborated on the book, and Wodehouse wrote the lyrics. Both lived into their nineties, and both, together and individually, were astoundingly prolific. Bolton, with one collaborator or another, or on his own, had a hand in well over 100 musicals and straight plays as well as numerous film scripts and novels. Wodehouse wrote 97 books — most notably the “Jeeves” novels — and countless short stories, articles, essays and films, and in 1975 was knighted side by side with Charlie Chaplin. In addition to Anything Goes, their work together includes Have A Heart; Oh! Boy; Leave It to Jane; Oh, Lady! Lady!!; Sitting Pretty; Oh, Kay! and Rosalie. They remained friends and neighbors (in Remsenburg, NY) throughout their final days.

HOWARD LINDSAY & RUSSEL CROUSE (Co-Authors of the Original Book). The Lindsay and Crouse partnership stands today as the longest collaboration of any writers in theatrical history, lasting for more than 28 years. They first joined forces in 1934, when the producer Vinton Freedley brought them together to rewrite the libretto for Anything Goes (which Lindsay directed). Two years later, they wrote another Cole Porter show, Red, Hot and Blue. Their first straight play, Life With Father, opened in 1939 and holds the record for the longest-running play on Broadway, at 3,224 performances. Lindsay and his wife, Dorothy Stickney, created the roles of Clarence and Vinnie Day, performing them for five years. Among other shows, Lindsay and Crouse also wrote The Sound of Music (score by Rodgers and Hammerstein); the Pulitzer Prize-winning State of the Union; Call Me Madam and Mr. President (scores by Irving Berlin); The Prescott Proposals and The Great Sebastians. They produced The Hasty Heart, Detective Story and Arsenic and Old Lace. Howard Lindsay (1889-1968) was an actor, stage manager, director and playwright before teaming up with Crouse. Russel Crouse (1893-1966) was a newspaperman, a press agent for the Theatre Guild, the author of several books and a librettist before partnering with Lindsay. He later produced, in collaboration with his wife, Anna Erskine Crouse, a son, the writer Timothy Crouse, and a daughter, the actress Lindsay Crouse.

TIMOTHY CROUSE (Co-author of the New Book) has been a contributing editor of Rolling Stone and the Village Voice, as well as the Washington columnist for Esquire, writing numerous articles for these and other publications, including the New Yorker. He is the author of The Boys on the Bus, a classic account of the role of the press in presidential campaigns. With Luc Brébion he translated Roger Martin du Gard’s Lieutenant-Colonel de Maumort (Knopf, 2000). He is currently writing short stories, one of which, “Sphinxes,” was included in the O. Henry Prize Stories 2005. He is the son of one of the original authors of Anything Goes, Russel Crouse.

JOHN WEIDMAN (New Book) has written the books for a wide variety of musicals, among them Pacific Overtures, Assassins and Road Show, all with scores by Stephen Sondheim; Contact, co-created with director/choreographer Susan Stroman; Happiness, score by Scott Frankel and Michael Korie, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman; and Take Flight and Big, scores by Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire. Since his children were pre-schoolers, Weidman has written for “Sesame Street,” receiving more than a dozen Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Children’s Program. From 1999 to 2009 he served as president of the Dramatists Guild of America.

For more information:
2012-2013 MIRVISH SUBSCRIPTIONS NOW ON SALE

Phone 416-593-4225 or 1-800-771-3933


Single tickets will go on sale at a later date

www.anythinggoesthemusical.com OR www.roundabouttheatre.org

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