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Anything Goes (2019 Version)

Anything Goes

(Revised Version)

Music & Lyrics By COLE PORTER
Book By GUY BOLTON, P G WOODHOUSE,
HOWARD LINDSAY & RUSSELL CROUSE

An amateur performance by arrangement with
MUSICSCOPE and STAGE MUSICALS OF NEW YORK

30 January - 2 February 2019

7.30 p.m. each evening and 2.30 p.m. Saturday Matinee

The Iveshead Theatre
Forest St, Shepshed, Leics., LE12 9DB

 
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CAST

Reno Sweeney To be cast
Billy Crocker To be cast
Hope Harcourt To be cast
Sir Evelyn Oakleigh To be cast
Moonface Martin To be cast
Bonnie To be cast
Elisha J Whitney To be cast
Mrs Wadsworth T. Harcourt To be cast
Captain Of The SS American To be cast
Purser To be cast
Steward To be cast
Angels:  
- Purity To be cast
- Chastity To be cast
- Charity To be cast
- Virtue To be cast
Chinese Converts :  
- Ching To be cast
- Ling To be cast
Bishop Henry T Dobson To be cast
Reporter (Charlie) To be cast
Cameraman To be cast
Drunk To be cast
Sailors To be cast
Passengers To be cast

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CREDITS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Producer & Director Adrian Dobson
Musical Director Hazel Needham
Choreographer Wendy Spencer
Assistant Choreographers Helen Starkey & Michelle White
Costumes Lorna North
Stage Management Kevin Spencer
Set Design Adrian Dobson
Set Construction & Painting Kevin Spencer, Joe Harrison & Olivia Needham
Lighting & Design Charlie Kent
Sound & Technical James White
Properties Jane Whittle
Front Of House Manager & Raffle Lorna North
Box Office Kimberley Halford
Photography Richard & Alex Halford
Poster & Programme Joe Harrison
Fundraising Jane Whittle
Lead Chaperone Helen Starkey
Videography To be confirmed
Publicity/Website Adrian Dobson
Patrons Secretary Carol Beasley
Additional Thanks

The Iveshead School; Christchurch Methodist Church; Hawthorn Theatrical; Danni Starkey; Amy North; Rowan Beaumont; Our Patrons; Our Volunteer Front Of House Staff; and anyone else who has assisted or supported us in any way for this production


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SYNOPSIS

On a gangplank in New York City in 1933, glamorous passengers eagerly board the S.S. American, a luxury liner bound for England. Reporters aggressively photograph the passengers: Wall street executive Elisha J. Whitney; English gentleman Sir Evelyn Oakleigh; his fiancée, debutante Hope Harcourt; Hope’s overbearing mother, Mrs. Wadsworth Harcourt; Bishop Henry Dobson; two Chinese missionaries; and American evangelist-turned-nightclub singer Reno Sweeney, along with her four chorines, or “Angels.”

Whitney’s personal assistant, Billy Crocker, arrives to drop off his boss’s updated passport, and Whitney promptly fires him. Reno, who has known and adored Billy for years, invites him to sail with her as her new emcee (“You’re The Top”). Billy bumps into Hope and is stunned. Apparently, they shared a romantic evening months earlier, and Billy has been searching for Hope ever since. Billy immediately decides, with Reno’s help, to pursue Hope by stowing away on the ship. Gangster Moonface Martin, dressed as a preacher, enters with his girlfriend, Bonnie. They hop onboard just as Bishop Dobson is mistakenly arrested, and the ship sets sail (“Bon Voyage”). Billy, who inadvertently helped Moon board, takes the ticket and passport of Moon’s accomplice, Snake Eyes.

While Sir Evelyn is overcome by seasickness, Billy and Hope rekindle their romance (“It’s Delovely”). The authorities think Billy is the real Snake Eyes, so Moon and Bonnie help disguise Billy in a sailor’s uniform (“Heaven Hop”). Reno joins the escapade by agreeing to distract Sir Evelyn. Reno, Billy, and Moon celebrate their partnership (“Friendship”). Reno flirts with Evelyn so Moon can catch them in a compromising position, and she realizes she actually likes the Englishman (“I Get A Kick Out Of You”).

Billy manages to evade detection by donning a series of ridiculous disguises. When he’s finally found out, he’s considered a celebrity, and the captain invites him for a drink. Hope is disappointed in Billy for being “a clown,” but Reno assures him things will work out (“Anything Goes”).

The passengers and crew honor Billy as “Public Enemy Number One,” and Bonnie leads a celebration (“Let’s Step Out”). Sir Evelyn and Reno get better acquainted (“Let’s Misbehave”) and Hope gets progressively more disgusted with Billy’s lie. Reno and Moon, still posing as a minister, perform a service to reform “Snake Eyes.” At the service, Evelyn confesses to a youthful tryst with a Chinese girl named Plum Blossom, Billy admits his deceit, and Reno leads a revival (“Blow, Gabriel, Blow”).

Billy and Moon are thrown in the brig. In jail, Billy can’t stop thinking about Hope (“All Through The Night”) so Moon attempts to cheer him up (“Be Like The Bluebird”). The two Chinese missionaries are also jailed for gambling. Hope visits Billy and they reaffirm their love (“All Through The Night” Reprise). Unfortunately, Mrs. Harcourt has arranged for Hope and Evelyn to marry in just a few hours. Billy and Moon come up with a plan; they begin a game of strip poker with the missionaries.

Meanwhile, Reno and the Angels miss life in New York (“Take Me Back To Manhattan”). Evelyn confesses he loves Reno, but he has to follow through on his commitment to marry Hope.

The wedding begins, but it’s soon interrupted by Billy and Moon, disguised as the two Chinese missionaries, along with Reno disguised as Plum Blossom. The three impostors manage to cancel the wedding, and soon Hope and Billy end up together, as do Reno and Sir Evelyn, Bonnie and Moon, and Mrs. Harcourt and Mr. Whitney. The captain receives a telegram from Washington saying Moonface Martin is “Not wanted. Entirely harmless. Wouldn’t hurt a flea.” Despite Moon’s bitter disappointment, the entire company celebrates together (Finale: “You’re The Top”).


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MUSICAL NUMBERS

ACT ONE  
Overture Orchestra
You're The Top Billy & Reno
Bon Voyage Ensemble
It's Delovely Billy, Hope & Ensemble
Heaven Hop Bonnie & Girls
Friendship Billy, Reno & Moonface
I Get A Kick Out Of You Reno
Anything Goes Reno & Ensemble
   
ACT TWO  
Public Enemy Number One Ensemble
Let's Step It Out Bonnie & Ensemble
Let's Misbehave Reno & Sir Evelyn
Blow Gabriel Blow Reno & Ensemble
All Through The Night Billy & Hope
Be Like A Bluebird Moonface
All Through The Night (Reprise) Billy & Hope
Take Me Back To Manhantten Reno & The Angels
Finale: You're The Top Ensemble
   

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