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Stephen Sondheim Theatre (formerly Henry Miller's Theatre)

124 West 43rd Street

2 Hours 45 Minutes; One 15 Minute Intermission

April 7, 2011 (Closing: January 8, 2012)

Broadway Musical

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Wed - Sat - Sun 2pm

Tue through Sat 8pm

The latest revival of Anything Goes Broadway marks the 3rd time this hit musical has been on The Great White Way. The debut production opened at the Alvin Theatre (currently the Neil Simon) on November 21, 1934. Under the direction of Howard Lindsay with a cast which included Ethel Merman as Reno Sweeney, the debut production ran for 420 performances. During the "Great Depression" era of America the show was a huge success and the forth longest running show of the time period. The original concept was created by producer Vinton Freedley with music by Cole Porter with the book collaborated on by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse.

The Anything Goes Broadway musical is considered in the genre of a comical farce. The production includes many madcap antics within the characters who sing tradition Broadway songs. The musical was originally called "Crazy Week" in the draft before being renamed "Hard to Get." It is reported by theatre historians that Freedley was unhappy with the script and wanted it changed. Bolton and Wodehouse were no longer available and Mr. Freedley turned to his director Howard Lindsay for help. Lindsay hired Russel Crouse in order to revise the book. The production was hastily being revamped for its debut leading to the name "Anything Goes." There are currently three libretto's for the musical, including the original 1934, the 1962 revival and the 1987 revival. Though the story has been revised the theme and characters have remained intact. The revivals also include alterations to the scores and songs which stray from the original work. Some songs have been cut while others have been designated to different characters in separate scenes. The current Broadway production is based on the 1987 revival.

The story centers around a young Wall Street broker named Billy Crocker. He has become smitten with a desirable woman he met in a taxi. His boss, Elisha J. Whitney and nightclub performer friend Reno Sweeney is set to travel abroad. When Billy goes to port to bid farewell to his boss and friend, he catches a glimpse of the woman from the taxi ride. The heiress Hope Harcourt is also traveling on the S.S. American escorted by her mother, Mrs. Harcourt, and her fiancé Sir Evelyn Oakleigh. Billy decides in a moment of passion to stow away on the ship in the hopes of winning over the mysterious heiress. The two and a half hour show takes off with memorable songs and plenty of over-the-top antics.

The current 2011 revival of Anything Goes Broadway is produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company under the direction of. The talented cast includes Sutton Foster as Reno Sweeney with Colin Donnell in the delightful role of Billy Crocker. The production opened at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on April 7, 2011 with a closing date slated for July 31, 2011. The previews, which ran from March 10, 2011 garnered an outstanding critic response, and the production is nominated for nine Tony Awards. The production has now been extended to run through January 8, 2012. Songs include "I Get a Kick Out of You," "There’s No Cure Like Travel/Bon Voyage," "You're the Top," and the title song "Anything Goes."

This musical has found amazing success over the decades on Broadway, off-Broadway, on London's West End as well as a popular choice for school, community and regional productions. You can view our huge selection of Anything Goes Broadway tickets online with a great variety of seats and prices.

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