Barrowman, Triplett & Quilley Board NT AnythingDate: 30 September 2002
American stars Susan Sarandon, Jane Krakowski and Kristin Chenoweth were all amongst the names previously rumoured as possible Reno Sweeney's in Trevor Nunn's upcoming revival of Cole Porter's Anything Goes, which opens at the National's Olivier Theatre on 18 December 2002 (previews from 11 December). But in the end, the part - as well as the musical's other key principals - have gone to home-grown talent.
Sally Ann Triplett will play celebrity evangelist turned nightclub entertainer Reno, with Denis Quilley as Eli Whitney, Mary Stockley as Hope Harcourt, Annette McLaughlin as Erma and John Barrowman (pictured) as Billy Crocker, a role he previously played in the 1989 West End production of Anything Goes.
Triplett has previously been seen in Rags, Cats, Jolson, Grease and, at the National, The Villain's Opera. Barrowman has just been seen Stateside in Stephen Sondheim's Company at Washington DC's Kennedy Center, while his other West End credits Sunset Boulevard, The Fix, Miss Saigon and Hair.
Also now confirmed for the 34-strong cast of Nunn's production are Christopher Bennett, Daniel Crossley, Jane Fowler, Jason Gardiner, Charlotte Gorton, Richard Henders, Akiya Henry, Duncan MacVicar, Samantha Modeste, Tam Mutu, Alexis Owen Hobbs, Corey Skaggs, Nicola Sloane and Rachel Stanley.
Originally seen on Broadway in 1934 and in London a year later, Anything Goes follows Reno Sweeney as she embarks on the SS American luxury liner in romantic pursuit of stowaway Billy Crocker, who is himself hopelessly smitten with debutante Hope Harcourt, herself determined to marry the rich Sir Evelyn Oakleigh. Also onboard are Wall Street millionaire Eli Whitney and Public Enemy Number Thirteen, Moonface Martin.
Anything Goes has an original book by Guy Bolton and PG Wodehouse, with music and lyrics by Porter, whose other musicals include High Society and Kiss Me Kate (which closes at the Victoria Palace this weekend). The score includes "I Get a Kick Out of You", "You're the Top", "Be Like the Bluebird" and the title song.
The National revival has a new book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman, choreography by Stephen Mear, design by John Gunter, costumes by Anthony Powell, lighting by David Hersey and musical arrangements by Michael Gibson.
- by Terri Paddock