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Gold Standard Musical

Anything Goes

  • Credits

    Music and Lyrics by 
    Cole Porter

    Original Book by 
    P.G. Wodehouse and Guy Bolton 
    And Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse

    New Book by 
    Timothy Crouse 
    and John Weidman

    Directed by 
    Molly Smith

    Choreography by  
    Parker Esse

    Music Direction by 
    Paul Sportelli

  • Location

    The Fichandler Stage

“Bright, High-octane show”

— Washington Post

“Pitch Perfect ... big broadway musical wow-factor.”

- BroadwayWorld

Anything Goes is generously sponsored by GeicoJMAGeorge and Duffy FtikasMargot Kelly, Hubert M. (Hank) Schlosberg and Sheila Stampfli. Choreography is sponsored by Virginia McGehee Friend

The SS American has set sail from NY to London. Aboard, the lovelorn Billy has stowed away on a mission to stop the marriage of his mystery muse, heiress Hope Harcourt, to the millionaire Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Now, it is up to Billy with the help of showgirls, sailors and public enemy #13, to find, woo and win back his true love. Unlikely alliances arise as mischief and mayhem ensue in this madcap musical by beloved composer and Tony Award winner Cole Porter. It’s the perfect night out at the theater — contagiously fun and pure “musical comedy joy!” (New York Times)

Anything Goes runs aproximately 1 hour and 45 minutes with one 15 minute intermission.

Cast

JIMMY RAY BENNETT

Lord Evelyn Oakleigh

CORBIN BLEU

Billy Crocker

DeMOYA WATSON BROWN

Ensemble / Angel / Evangeline Harcourt Understudy

JULIO CATANO-YEE

John / Ensemble

STEPHEN DeROSA

Moonface Martin

BEN GUNDERSON

Purser / Ensemble / Lady Fair Quartet / Billy Crocker Understudy

LISA HELMI JOHANSON

Hope Harcourt

JONATHAN HOLMES

Captain / Ensemble / Moonface Martin Understudy

MAXIMILIAN

Cheeky

BRENT McBETH

Ensemble / Lady Fair Quartet / Fred / Photographer / Lord Evelyn Oakleigh Understudy

ALLIE O'DONNELL

Swing

OLLY

Cheeky

MICKEY ORANGE

Ensemble / Lady Fair Quartet / Reporter / Elisha Whitney Understudy

LIZZ PICINI

Ensemble / Angel / Dance Captain / Erma u/s / Assistant Choreographer

KRISTYN POPE

Ensemble / Angel / Reno Sweeney Understudy

MARIA RIZZO

Erma / Ensemble

SOARA-JOYE ROSS

Reno Sweeney

CHRISTOPHER SHIN

Luke / Ensemble

THOMAS ADRIAN SIMPSON

Elisha Whitney

LISA TEJERO

Evangeline Harcourt

BRETT URAM

Swing

ANDREA WEINZIERL

Ensemble / Angel / Hope Harcourt Understudy

NICHOLAS YENSON

Ensemble / Lady Fair Quartet / Minister / Luke Understudy / John Understudy

Creative

COLE PORTER

Music & Lyrics

P.G. WODEHOUSE and GUY BOLTON

Original Book

HOWARD LINDSAY and RUSSEL CROUSE

Co-Authors of the Original Book

TIMOTHY CROUSE

Co-author of the New Book

JOHN WEIDMAN

New Book

MOLLY SMITH

Director

PARKER ESSE

Choreographer

PAUL SPORTELLI

Music Director

KEN MACDONALD

Set Designer

ALEJO VIETTI

Costume Designer

KIMBERLY PURTELL

Lighting Designer

DANIEL ERDBERG

Sound Designer

CHARLES G. LAPOINTE

Hair and Wig Designer

LISA NATHAN

Dialect and Vocal Coach

Multimedia

"Anything Goes" now playing
'Anything Goes' now playing
Audience reactions
"Tap Out" for Indigenous People's Day
It's all about the Tap in "Anything Goes"
Soara-Joye Ross performs "Blow, Gabriel, Blow" from Anything Goes at Season Preview at Arena Stage
Meet Soara-Joye Ross (our Reno Sweeney)
"Anything Goes" Teaser Trailer
Corbin Bleu (Billy Crocker) in Anything Goes. Photo by Maria Baranova.
Photo of Soara-Joye Ross and Corbin Bleu by Maria Baranova.
Photo of Mickey Orange, Ben Gunderson, Soara-Joye Ross, Brent McBeth and Nicholas Yenson by Maria Baranova.
Photo of Soara-Joye Ross and the cast of 'Anything Goes' by Maria Baranova.
Photo of Lisa Helmi Johanson and Corbin Bleu by Maria Baranova.
Photo of Stephen DeRosa and Soara-Joye Ross by Maria Baranova.
Photo of Lisa Tejero and Thomas Adrian Simpson by Maria Baranova.
Photo of Lisa Helmi Johanson and Corbin Bleu by Tony Powell.
Photo of Nicholas Yenson, Soara-Joye Ross and Mickey Orange by Tony Powell.
Photo of Ben Gunderson, Olly and Corbin Bleu by Maria Baranova.
Photo of Jimmy Ray Bennett and Soara-Joye Ross by Maria Baranova.
Photo of Lisa Helmi Johanson and Corbin Bleu by Maria Baranova.
Photo of Nicholas Yenson, Maria Rizzo and Mickey Orange by Maria Baranova.

In The News

the Washington Post

Want to get away? Anything Goes sails into silly high seas

Dance Informa

Parker Esse brings a new energy to Anything Goes at Arena Stage

Playbill

Take a first look at Corbin Bleu and Soara-Joye Ross in Anything Goes

Fairfax County Times

Fairfax native Lizz Picini talks Anything Goes

Broadway World

Anything Goes team celebrates opening night at Arena Stage

Broadway World

Watch clips from Anything Goes at Arena Stage

WTOP

Corbin Bleu and Soara-Joye Ross tap into Anything Goes

On Tap

Arena Stage breathes new life into Golden Age Classic

The Georgetown Hoya

Mickey Orange talks Anything Goes and revolutionizing theater

Broadway World

Theatre Life with Soara-Joye Ross and Corbin Bleu

The Washington Post

These local actors have four legs and a starring role in an Arena Stage musical Anything Goes

Broadway World

Parker Esse makes sure Arena's Anything Goes is De-Lovely!

Good Morning Washington - ABC7 WJLA

Corbin Bleu talks bringing Anything Goes to Arena Stage

Broadway World

The cast of Anything Goes honors indigenous people in a TAP OUT

Woman Around Town

Lisa Helmi Johanson talks Anything Goes at Arena Stage

Fox5 - Good Day DC

Corbin Bleu discusses Anything Goes

Broadway World

Corbin Bleu taps up a storm in Anything Goes

Broadway World

The Anything Goes team celebrates their first rehearsal

Washington Post Express

Pups audition for role in Arena Stage production of Anything Goes

Washingtonian

Will your doggo be the next star in Arena Stage's Anything Goes?

Theatermania

Additional cast and creative announced for Anything Goes.

Broadway World

Corbin Bleu and Soara-Joy Ross join cast of Anything Goes

Broadway World

Arena Stage to hold Canine Casting Call for Anything Goes

Washington Post

Arena Stage looks into history for inspiration in 2018/19 season

American Theatre Magazine

Arena’s 2018-19 Season to Feature New Tom Kitt/Nell Benjamin Musical

Playbill

The 69th lineup at the Washington, D.C. venue will also include the a cappella musical Jubilee and Junk.

Accessible Performances

Audio Described
Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 2 p.m. purchase

Open Captioned
Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 8 p.m. purchase
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. purchase
Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 2 p.m. purchase

Events

Pet Adoption
Arena Stage is partnering with the Humane Rescue Alliance to support the adoption of shelter animals. The Humane Rescue Alliance’s mobile adoption vehicle will be on site at Arena Stage on November 3 and December 8 between performances. City Dogs Rescue will be coming on November 17.

Civil Dialogues
Sunday, November 11, 2018: What makes a great America?
Who decides what makes America great? What are the alternate views of what makes a great America, at home and in a global sense? Can America still call itself a global leader?
Learn more

Post-Show Discussions
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 12 p.m.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 12 p.m.
Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 12 p.m.

Asian American Representation on Stage
November 27
Join Arena Stage for a post-show panel discussion on the representation of Asian Americans on stage, the impact of stereotypes and racially insensitive humor, and how to address the outdated social attitudes oftentimes found in gold standard musicals such as Anything Goes.

Arena Stage Literary Manager, Naysan Mojgani, will moderate a panel including: Dr. Terry Park of the University of Maryland’s Asian American Studies Program; Arena Stage Casting Director & Line Producer, Victor Vazquez; and several members of the Anything Goes cast.