Rippon will play Evangeline Hardcourt, the mother of debutante Hope, who is engaged to a wealthy English gentleman but falls in love with out-of-luck Wall Street stockbroker Billy Crocker. Rippon’s career has embraced radio and television on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2004, she was awarded the OBE for services to broadcasting, the arts and charity.
Rippon is joined in the cast to date by Brookside’s Michael Starke as Moonface Martin and Hi-De-Hi!’s Barry Howard, currently in the West End with Tommy Steele in Christmas musical Scrooge at the London Palladium.
Originally seen on Broadway in 1934 and in London a year later, Anything Goes has an original book by Guy Bolton and PG Wodehouse, with music and lyrics by Porter, whose other musicals include High Society, which the same creative team revived on tour and now in the West End, and Kiss Me Kate. The score includes "I Get a Kick Out of You", "You're the Top", "Be Like the Bluebird" and the title song.
Following Manchester (Salford Quays), the new tour calls on its current leg at Southampton, Woking, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Glasgow, Darlington, Cardiff, Nottingham, Wimbledon, Norwich, Stoke, Bradford, Liverpool and Milton Keynes. Mark Goucher produces.
- by Caroline Ansdell