The university’s last musical production of this season will be Anything Goes.
The musical, written in 1934 by Cole Porter, is set on board of the “S.S. American” in the 1930s, when gangsters like Al Capone were on the rise.
“Billy Crocker,” a young broker played by Hayden Gray and Peyton Schoenhofer, music theater juniors, instantly falls in love with “Hope Harcourt,” an heiress, played by Carley Dickey, music theater junior, and Ashton Parrack, vocal performance senior. When Billy sees that Hope is on board the ship, he stows away on it, all to find out that Hope is promised to a “Sir Evelyn Oakleigh,” played by Matt Flowers and Ryan Lambert, music theater seniors.
The rest of the show takes place on the S.S. American and walks the audience through the confusing world that Billy Crocker has just entered.
Dr. David Herendeen, director of opera and music theater, began working on the set design in December.
“I want to entertain the audience,” he said. “This is an important snapshot in our American history set in a musical comedy.”
The show will be enjoyable and easy to watch, Herendeen said.
“This show is like a potato chip, it has a lot of crunch,” he said.
Tom Hoblin, music theater sophomore who plays “Elisha J. Whitney,” said the show will be entertaining and beautiful.
“I know that there is a cast of colorful characters and, with Dr. Herendeen directing, it’s going to be very funny,” he said. “I have no doubt that this show will be visually stunning.”
An opening night dinner will accompany the show’s premiere at 6:15 p.m. April 21 in Wanda L. Bass Music Center Atrium. Tickets are $25.
Performances are April 21-23 in Kirkpatrick Auditorium in Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center. The show begins at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Tickets range from $14-$28.
There will be a pre-show director’s talk before each performance in Kirkpatrick Auditorium in Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center.