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Famous lyrics abound in 'Anything Goes' at Norton

By Katie Plasek
On November 1, 2011

Norton Theatre will resound with show tunes and comedy today as the College of Performing Arts premiers "Anything Goes."

The play is noted for its classic song lyrics: "In olden days a glimpse of stocking/ was looked on as something shocking/ but now, God knows/ anything goes/ Good authors too/ who once knew better words/ now only use four letter words writing prose/ anything goes."
 
These suggestive and vividly crafted lyrics from the classic Cole Porter musical epitomize the overarching theme of the show. The energy and enthusiasm of the production will keep the audience craving each song performed by the talented cast.  
 
According to the director, John Leonard, UNC head of musical theater, this musical was chosen "as a tribute to Cole Porter and his great music."
 
Written by Porter in 1934, this musical is set on the S. S. American with an eclectic cast of characters singing and dancing about the ship. 
 
Reno Sweeney, an evangelizing nightclub singer (Aisha Jackson), is joined on board by her longtime friend, Billy Crocker (Jeffrey Zicker). Crocker is flung into a love triangle with Hope Harcourt (Lynzee Smith-Newton) and Sir Evelyn Oakleigh (Hayden Stanes), Hope's fiancé
 
Adding to the magnificent madness of tap dancing sailors, uproarious misunderstandings and breathtaking vocal performances is the presence of gangster Moonface Martin (Kytt McLaughlin), who continually is the center of trouble.  
 
On the journey from New York to London, this exemplary cast croons some of Porter's most memorable songs. This includes the friendship-affirming song between Reno and Billy, "I Get a Kick Out of You," and the sweet love song between Billy and Hope, "It's De-lovely." Also included are the rousing evangelist number belted by Reno, "Blow Gabriel Blow," and the show stopping ensemble-driven song, "Anything Goes."  
 
The show, set completely on the ocean liner, was complex to design. 
 
"(The show) is being done in thrust style, and the design is so spectacular you just have to come see the show to admire it," said Leonard.
 
Such a style means that the stage will extend into the audience, creating a unique experience for those in attendance.  
 
Winner of three 2011 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, the show will have people dancing in their seats and grinning all the way home.  
 
PVA will be presenting "Anything Goes" in  Norton Theatre in Gray Hall on Nov. 2, 5, 8 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. and on Nov. 5, 6, 12 and 13 at 2:00 p.m.  
 
For tickets and information, visit www.arts.unco.edu or call 970-351- 2200.

 


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