Cole Porter’s tap dancing musical comedy Anything Goes opened at The Gateway in Bellport Village and will run through June 4.
Anything Goes, a Tony Award-winning musical kicked off Long Island’s oldest professional theater’s 2016 Season. Andrea McArdle, Broadway’s original “Annie,” stars as Reno Sweeney; Emmy Award-winner Sally Struthers is featured as Evangeline Harcourt; and TV’s “Survivor” contestant Josh Canfield plays Billy Crocker.
This zesty new revival of Anything Goes takes place aboard the S.S. American as it sets sail on a captivating, transatlantic voyage set to Cole Porter classics including, “You’re the Top,” “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” “It’s De-Lovely,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” and, of course, “Anything Goes!” Etiquette and convention get tossed out the portholes as three unlikely pairs set out on a course for true love. Overflowing with hilarity and hijinks, mistaken identities, love triangles, scandal, and more, Anything Goes is a show for all ages!
Andrea McArdle made her Broadway debut in the title role in Annie and has appeared in the National Touring Company’s production of Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast, Starlight Express, Meet Me In St. Louis, and The Wizard of Oz. This will be her debut at The Gateway.
Sally Struthers returns for her third appearance on The Gateway stage, having appeared previously in 9 to 5 and Work if You Can Get It. Sally is known for her role as Gloria Stivic on All in the Family, for which she won two Emmy awards, and as Babette on Gilmore Girls.
Josh Canfield will fill the tap dancing shoes of Billy Crocker. Before appearing as a strong competitor on CBS TV’s Survivor, Josh also appeared on Broadway as Liberius in Doctor Zhivago. Other credits include Strike up the Band (Musical’s Tonight), and Angel in My Heart (Workshop Theatre). Josh was a finalist on the BBC show Any Dream Will Do, and a finalist on ABC’s The One: Making of a Music Star.
The cast is completed with Patti-Lee Meringo (Hope Harcourt), Ray DeMattis (Moonface Martin), Steve Brady (Elisha Whitney), Roy Flores (Luke), Brian Liebson (John), Ian Knauer (Lord Evelyn Oakleigh), Mychal Phillips (Erma), Seth Lerner (Captain) and an ensemble of Hayden Clifton, Alex Domini, Caitlin Evans, Kara Haller, Corey Hummerston, Patrick Lavallee, Edward Lawrence, Samantha Martin, Maiza Miller, Kristen Schoen-Rene, and Matthew Wiercinski.
Jayme McDaniel, Director
International: Rebecca, The Musical & Yeston/Kopit Phantom: Seoul, Korea.
Regional: White Christmas; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat starring Clay Aiken (Broadway World awards best direction and choreography); Singin’ in the Rain (IRNE nomination choreography): Ogunquit Playhouse; Joseph… North Shore; Singin’ in the Rain, Grey Gardens, Yankee Doodle and The Rocky Horror Show: Ordway Center; The Student Prince: Paper Mill Playhouse; Zorba and H.M.S. Pinafore: Berkshire Theatre Festival; Violet, Candide and Drood: Connecticut Repertory; Always Patsy Cline, Evita, It’s a Fabulous Life, Chicago, Zombie Prom, The Merry Widow, People Like Us, They’re Playing Our Song etc.: On Stage; final national tour of Hello, Dolly! with Carol Channing (Minneapolis Star Tribune Outstanding Director of a Musical of 2007).
The show is choreographed by Jason Wise. Wise is the director and choreographer of National Lampoon’s Full House, the Musical, starring Perez Hilton, which opened in Toronto, Canada and is currently running off-Broadway in New York City. Recent Credits include the World Premiere of The Wolf at Theater Raleigh (Choreographer); Lifetime’s “Dance Moms” (Season 5); American Showstoppers: Irving Berlin starring Karen Ziemba, Brent Barrett and Lee Roy Reams at Pace University (Director/Choreographer), The 50th Anniversary Concert of Fiddler on the Roof starring BD Wong, Stephanie J. Block, Len Cariou, Tovah Feldshuh, and Linda Lavin (Choreographer); National Tour of 4 Girls 4 starring Andrea McArdle, Donna McKechnie, Faith Prince, Leslie Uggams and Maureen McGovern (Associate Choreographer); See What I Wanna See at The Producers Club (Director/Choreographer), and the original East Village production and subsequent off-Broadway transfer of Showgirls: The Musical starring Rena Riffel (Choreographer and Associate Director) and the long running Bayside! The Musical! starring Dennis Haskins and Dustin Diamond (Choreographer and Associate Director). Faculty at Broadway Dance Center, Joffrey Ballet School, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Peridance Capezio Center, and Guest Faculty at National Ballet School (Canada) and The Pineapple (London).
Musical direction is by Charlie Reuter. Reuter was the co-musical director of The Light in the Piazza, Lamb’s Players Theatre; musical director, The Fantasticks, Lamb’s; actor, Peter and the Starcatchers, La Jolla Playhouse (created role of Capt. Scott), and actor, Les Miserables, Moonlight Stage Productions. Reuter was also the rehearsal pianist for La Jolla Playhouse (Bonnie and Clyde) and Old Globe Theatre (Sammy). Previous credits at Gateway include Nice Work if You Can Get It.
Anything Goes runs at The Gateway through June 4. Tickets start at $59. For tickets, contact the Box Office at (631) 286-1133, or visit the website at www.TheGateway.org.
The 2016 Season at The Gateway