Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Guy Bolton, P.G. Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse
Directed and Choreographed by Michael Kidney
Musical Direction by Evan Alparone
February 5-21, 2016
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.
Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
As winter settles in, the Heights Players is ready to warm things up with a delightful, de-lovely cruise worth getting giddy about! Anything Goes will lighten any winter weary soul with its explosion of some of the best Cole Porter standards, bring-the-house-down tap dancing and old-fashioned farce. This classic musical comedy opens on February 5th and will run through February 21st in the John Bourne Theater at the Heights Players.
As the ocean liner, the S.S. American, bound from New York to London, gets ready to sail, the call goes out, "All ashore who are going ashore!" And then the fun begins … Billy Crocker is a stowaway in love with heiress Hope Harcourt, who is engaged to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. In his quest to win Hope's heart, Billy enlists the help of evangelist-turned-nightclub singer Reno Sweeney and Public Enemy #13, Moonface Martin. From clergymen, to missionaries, to sailors, to Angels, the passengers aboard the ship get caught up in the madcap antics and, with a hilarious book by Guy Bolton, P.G. Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse, it's a wonder that the romances are sorted out and disaster is averted! But throw in great classic showtunes by Cole Porter, including "Anything Goes," "You're the Top," and "I Get a Kick Out of You," and soon the S.S. American is a magical ship where anything goes!
Anything Goes features 29 incredibly talented actors, including many Heights veterans and newcomers alike. The veterans are: Karen Mascolo as Reno Sweeney, Brian Levario as Billy Crocker, Kevin McAuley as Moonface Martin, Hilary Goldman as Bonnie Letour, Michael Damato as Sir Evelyn Oakleigh, Tony Artiga as Elisha J. Whitney, Erin Leddy as Mrs. Harcourt, Allison St. Rock as an Angel, Marissa Maffiolini as an Angel, David Arzberger as the Captain and Joe Natalzia as the Purser. Veterans featured in the Ensemble are Sean Dearing, Aurora Dreger, Cait Farrell, Kellie Ferrick and Ginny Weant. Newcomers are: Devon Chandler as Hope Harcourt, Atsushi Eda as Ching, Lina Lee as Ling, Masumi Iwai as an Angel, Mariela FlorOlivo an an Angel, and rounding out the Ensemble are Daren Liff, Jeanne Cascio, Joanna Connolly, Erech Holder, Joomin Hwang, George Raiola, Kelly Reader and Elizabeth Regan.
Directed and choreographed by Heights veteran Michael Kidney (last season's The Skin of Our Teeth), the production also features an all-star creative team. Evan Alparone is serving as Musical Director, Amanda Mendez as Assistant Director, Hilary Goldman as Assistant Choreographer, Jill Lewis-Kelly as Stage Manager, Scotty Wiggins and Malary Lynn Nicoletti as Costume Designers, Dina Grilli as Costume Assistant, Gary VanderPutten as Set Designer, Paul Keim as Set Scenic Designer, Jan VanderPutten in charge of Properties, and Jon Richardson as Production Manager.
With its numerous show-stopping dance numbers, zinger-stocked dialogue and vaudeville-style antics, you’ll certainly "get a kick out of" Anything Goes! This classic musical comedy opens on February 5th and runs through February 21st. Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2:00 p.m. Call 718-237-2752 for reservations or click here to make an email reservation (24-hour notice please).