Cole Porter’s classic Broadway musical Anything Goes is coming into port at major UK venues with a new tour starring television presenter Angela Rippon (pictured) in her musical debut. Ian Talbot’s new production – not to be confused with Trevor Nunn’s multi award-winning 2002 National Theatre, which transferred to the West End – opens at The Lowry in Manchester on 27 January 2006 before continuing, until 3 June, to 15 more venues with further dates to be announced.

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