2010-2011 Season

Anything Goes National Tour & Education Program Wrap Up


“There’s no cure like travel, to help you unravel the worries of living today.”

The cast and crew of the National Tour of Anything Goes recently bid bon voyage to the road as they returned home from their 13 month voyage across North America. Traveling through 22 states, 28 cities and 2 countries, the company helped audience members unravel aboard the S.S. American with plenty of madcap antics and hijinks on the high seas.

Rachel York and the cast of Anything Goes. Photo by Joan Marcus.


Playing to rave reviews from the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, Toronto Star and many more – audiences across the map fell in love with Kathleen Marshall’s choreography, Rachel York’s turn as Reno Sweeney and the many de-lovely passengers aboard ship.

“I decided that every musical ought to have three things: 1. Cole Porter, 2. Rachel York, 3. Kathleen Marshall,” praised Richard Ouzounian of the Toronto Star. Amen brother, as Reno Sweeney would say.

Act One Tap Finale. Photo by Joan Marcus.

When cast members weren’t busy delighting audiences with Cole Porter classics and show-stopping dance numbers, they took to the classroom to share the magic of live theatre with over 1,100 students across 24,333 miles. Our 18 traveling certified teaching artists taught over 444 hours of dance, character acting, tech and musical theatre workshops, along with pre-show chats, post-show talkbacks and Postcard Production Workshops.

To celebrate the success of Education@Roundabout on the tour route, our teaching artists hosted one last Postcard Productions Workshop in Greenville, SC, our final port. Treating 50 students to firsthand experience in the acting, directing, set designing, lighting, costume and even marketing departments, the group explored both the creative and technical processes that go into creating a real theatrical production.

Education@Roundabout Postcard Productions Workshop.


Students shared lessons learned from the experience and how those lessons will go onto impact their experiences with live theatre.

“To sit down and draw the costumes on the characters as we came up with our ideas, really helped me think about who that character was in a different way,” one student shared.

Others noticed the impact of effects sometimes overlooked by audience members. “I didn’t ever pay attention before to how much lighting changes the mood of a scene,” another student observed.

Not only did the students take away a new appreciation for the theatrical process, but the teaching artists snuck in a few life lessons as well.

“I learned that when you’re working in a group, it isn’t just your opinion that matters.  You have to compromise to keep things moving,” one of the students noted.

Greenville Student Production of Anything Goes.


Just as the crew of the S.S. American worked together each night to woo audiences with their Fred and Ginger dance steps and Mae West comedic chops, the students came together to pull off their own “mini-production” of Anything Goes and took away not only a better understanding, but great memories with our cast as well.

To learn more about our production and National Tour of Anything Goes, visit the Roundabout Archive.


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Anything Goes, Education @ Roundabout, Roundabout Archive, Roundabout News

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2012 Award Season


* = Winner

Tony Award Nominations:

Don't Dress for Dinner
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play - Spencer Kayden
Best Costume Design of a Play - William Ivey Long

Man and Boy
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play - Frank Langella

The Road to Mecca
Best Lighting Design of a Play - Peter Kaczorowski

Full list of nominees.

Jennifer Tilly, Ben Daniels, and Spencer Kayden in 'Don't Dress for Dinner'; Photo Credit: Joan Marcus, 2012

Drama Desk Nominations:

Death Takes a Holiday
Outstanding Musical
Outstanding Actor in a Musical – Kevin Earley
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical – Matt Cavenaugh
Outstanding Director of a Musical – Doug Hughes
Outstanding Music – Maury Yeston
Outstanding Lyrics – Maury Yeston
Outstanding Book of a Musical - Thomas Meehan and Peter Stone
Outstanding Costume Design – Catherine Zuber
Outstanding Lighting Design – Kenneth Posner
Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical – Jon Weston
Outstanding Orchestrations - Larry Hochman

Sons of the Prophet
Outstanding Actor in a Play – Santino Fontana
Sam Norkin Off Broadway Award – Stephen Karam: The profoundly moving Sons of the Prophet confirmed his status as one of the most promising playwrights of his generation.

The Road to Mecca
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play – Jim Dale

Full list of nominees.

Jim Dale, Carla Gugino, and Rosemary Harris in 'The Road to Mecca'; Photo Credit: Joan Marcus, 2011

Drama League Nominations:

Sons of the Prophet
Distinguished Performance Award: Santino Fontana

Man and Boy
Distinguished Performance Award: Frank Langella

The Road to Mecca
Distinguished Performance Award: Rosemary Harris

Look Back in Anger
Distinguished Revival of a Play
Distinguished Performance Award: Matthew Rhys

Read the full list of nominees.

Adam Driver, Sarah Goldberg, and Matthew Rhys in 'Look Back in Anger'; Photo Credit: Joan Marcus, 2012

Outer Critics Circle Award Nominations:

Death Takes a Holiday
Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical
Outstanding New Score (Broadway of Off-Broadway)
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical — Rebecca Luker

Sons of the Prophet
*Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play
Outstanding Actor in a Play — Santino Fontana
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play — Joanna Gleason

Don't Dress for Dinner
*Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play — Spencer Kayden
Outstanding Costume Design (Play or Musical) — William Ivey Long

Read the full list of nominees.

Rebecca Luker, Michael Sibbery and the cast of 'Death Takes a Holiday'; Photo Credit: Joan Marcus, 2011

New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards:

Sons of the Prophet
*Best Play

Full list of awards.

Lucille Lortel Award Nominations:

Death Takes a Holiday
Outstanding Costume Design — Catherine Zuber

Sons of the Prophet
*Outstanding Play
*Outstanding Lead Actor — Santino Fontana

Look Back in Anger
Outstanding Revival
Outstanding Director — Sam Gold
*Outstanding Featured Actor — Adam Driver
Outstanding Scenic Design — Andrew Lieberman

Read the full list of nominees.

Jonathan Louis Dent, Chris Perfetti, Santino Fontana and Yusef Bulos in 'Sons of the Prophet'; Photo Credit: Joan Marcus, 2011

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2011-2012 Season, Death Takes A Holiday, Don't Dress for Dinner, Look Back in Anger, Man and Boy, Roundabout News, Sons of the Prophet, The Road to Mecca

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Broadway Highlights: The Importance of Being Earnest


One of the greatest joys of our job is seeing our audiences transformed by a theatre performance. At some point in Roundabout’s 46-year history, you’ve likely experienced a play or musical that has inspired you. Roundabout has been fortunate to produce award-winning productions on Broadway for 20 years now. You may even recall our first Broadway production of Anna Christie at the Criterion Center in 1992.

In celebration of our 20th Anniversary on Broadway, we’re highlighting 8 special productions from our Archives that helped us grow to our position today as one of the nation’s most influential not-for-profits.

The Importance of Being Earnest
Written by Oscar Wilde

Directed by Brian Bedford

December 17, 2010 – June 26, 2011 (189 performances)

Performed at the American Airlines Theatre

Original Cast
Brian Bedford, Dana Ivey, Paxton Whitehead, Amanda Leigh Cobb, Santino Fontana, David Furr, Tim MacDonald, Paul O'Brien, Charlotte Parry, Sara Topham

Sarah Topham, David Furr, and Brian Bedford in 'The Importance of Being Earnest'; Photo Credit: Joan Marcus, 2010

• Brian Bedford’s fourth Roundabout production and first as a director

• First-ever Broadway production shown in HD in movie theatres across the world

• First time (on Broadway) that the main female character was portrayed by a male

• Roundabout’s second revival of the play (first was in 1968)

• Nominated for 3 Tony® Awards, including Best Revival of a Play

Explore the The Importance of Being Earnest Production Archives.

Santino Fontana, Charlotte Parry, Sarah Topham, and David Furr in 'The Importance of Being Earnest'; Photo Credit: Joan Marcus, 2010

The Importance of Being Earnest and many of the other historic productions have helped Roundabout grow into the nation’s most influential not-for-profit theatre. Please consider making a gift today to help us create more inspiring productions for years to come

Explore more of entire collection of our Broadway Highlights.

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2010-2011 Season, Broadway Highlights, Roundabout Archive, Special Events, The Importance of Being Earnest

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