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‘Anything Goes’ at Heinz Hall

April 11, 2013
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

PITTSBURGH - The national tour of Roundabout Theatre Co.'s "Anything Goes," the new Broadway revival of Cole Porter's timeless classic musical theater masterpiece, will be performed Tuesday through April 21 at Heinz Hall as part of the PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series.

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.

Winner of the 2011 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, Roundabout Theatre Co.'s "Anything Goes" comes direct from Broadway under the direction of Kathleen Marshall, who won the 2011 Tony Award for Best Choreography. Cole Porter's roundup of nostalgic hits in the production include "You're the Top," "Friendship," "I Get a Kick Out of You," "It's De-Lovely," "Blow, Gabriel, Blow" and "Anything Goes."

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Rachel York stars as Reno Sweeney in the Roundabout Theatre Co.’s “Anything Goes,” Tuesday through April 21 at Heinz Hall. The revival, set on a cruise ship, features songs such as “You’re the Top,” “Friendship,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “It’s De-Lovely,” “Blow, Gabriel, Blow” and “Anything Goes.” It received a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. - Contributed

Rachel York stars as Reno Sweeney and Fred Applegate stars as Moonface Martin. The principal cast also includes Josh Franklin as Billy Crocker, Jeff Brooks as Purser, Joyce Chittick as Erma, Alex Finke as Hope Harcourt, Dennis Kelly as Elisha Whitney, Vincent Rodriguez III as Luke, Marcus Shane as John, Sandra Shipley as Mrs. Evangeline Harcourt, Edward Staudenmayer as Sir Evelyn Oakleigh, and Chuck Wagner as Captain.

The ensemble includes Jeremy Benton, Jacqueline Burtney, Jan Leigh Herndon, Kristie Kerwin, Gary Lindemann, Dionna Thomas Littleton, Michael Milton, Ashley Peacock, Bobby Pestka, Courtney Rottenberger, Vanessa Sonon, Ryan Steer, Kristopher Thompson-Bolden, Aaron Umsted, Mackenzie Warren, Sean Watkins, Sara Andreas, Audrey Cardwell, Sean McKnight and Tony Neidenbach.

"Anything Goes" features music and lyrics by Cole Porter; original book by P.G. Wodehouse and Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse; and new book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman.

The creative team includes music direction by Jay Alger 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 performance schedule is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through April 18; 8 p.m. April 19; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. April 20; and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. April 21.

The PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony and Broadway Across America.

Tickets begin at $20 and can be purchased by calling (412) 392-4900; visiting the box office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave.; or online at or information, visit

For information on Roundabout Theatre Co., visit

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