Anything Goes, the musical by Cole Porter, was performed at The Duchess Theatre, Long Eaton between the 27th of October – 1st November 2014.
The original book was a collaborative effort by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse, heavily revised by the team of Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. The story concerns madcap antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London. Billy Crocker is a stowaway in love with heiress Hope Harcourt, who is engaged to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Nightclub singer Reno Sweeney and Public Enemy #13 Moonface Martin aid Billy in his quest to win Hope.
The musical introduced such songs as “Anything Goes”, “You’re the Top”, and “I Get a Kick Out of You.” Since its 1934 debut at the Alvin Theatre (now known as the Neil Simon Theatre) on Broadway, the musical has been revived several times in the United States and Britain and has been filmed twice. The musical has long been a popular choice for school and community productions.
Billy Crocker, a young love-sick Wall Street broker, stows away on the S.S. American, in hopes of winning the heart of his beloved Hope Harcourt. His boss, Yale graduate Elisha J. Whitney, is also on board. He plans to relax before making an important business deal in England. Hope is on her way to England to be married to Sir Evelyn Oakleigh, a stuffy, hapless British nobleman. Also on the boat are “Moonface” Martin, a second-rate gangster on the lam labeled “Public Enemy 13,” and his friend Bonnie; the two have disguised themselves as a minister and a missionary, respectively, after stranding the ship’s real chaplain back at the port. They also, mistakenly, left behind their leader, “Snake Eyes” Johnson, Public Enemy 1.
On board, Crocker runs into his friend, Reno Sweeney, an evangelizing nightclub singer, who resolves to help Billy win over Hope, to the dismay of Hope’s mother, Mrs. Harcourt (though she doesn’t know about the original plan), who insists she marry Evelyn. Billy simultaneously learns the true identities of Moonface and Bonnie, and in exchange for his silence, they join the plot to break up Hope and Evelyn. However, as Billy doesn’t have a ticket or passport, Bonnie and Moonface let him have Snake Eyes Johnson’s, without telling him to whom it belongs. But the ships crew figure out that Public Enemy number 1 is on board, and Billy has to take on a number of hilarious disguises to hide from them–which at first makes Hope angry with him. As the show progresses, Hope, Evelyn, Billy, Reno, Elisha, Mrs. Harcourt, Bonnie, and Moonface all end up in a variety of compromising positions with members of the opposite sex, with Reno seducing Evelyn Oakleigh, originally just to get seen by Hope or Mrs. Harcourt so they would reject him, but eventually she wins him over for real and they even get married. Hope and Billy also get married, Mrs. Harcourt (divorced) and Mr. Whitney get married, and Moonface Martin receives a notice on board that the government considers him “harmless.”
Reno Sweeney: Andrea Nicolaou Purity: Jodie Cresdee Ian Baggott Director – Nathan Trusedale
Billy Crocker: Rob Charles
Hope Harcourt: Zoe Brinklow
Elisha Whitney: Martin Holtom
Evangeline Harcourt: Mina Machin
Moonface Martin: Chris Bryan
Lord Evelyn Oakleigh: Kevin Chatten
Erma: Steph Gray-Blest
Lucy: Rachel Van Krimpen
Luke: Alex Grosse
Captain: Rob Holsman
Purser: Paul Gardner
Chastity: Jenny Chatten
Charity: Claire Farrand-Preseton
Virtue: Cheryl Camm
Rachel Van Krimpen
The Production Team
Musical Director – Chris Toon
Choreographer – Rachel Rees
Production Manager – Lisa Smith
Reno Sweeney: Andrea Nicolaou
Purity: Jodie Cresdee
Director – Nathan Trusedale