Anything Goes

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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Roundabout Roundup: Week of February 6, 2012


Cast set for Don't Dress for Dinner

"Oscar nominee Jennifer Tilly will star as Suzanne in Mark Camoletti’s French farce, Don’t Dress for Dinner. Directed by John Tillinger and adapted by Robin Hawdon, the production will also star Melora Hardin as Jacqueline, Ben Daniels as Robert, Adam James as Bernard and Spencer Kayden as Suzette. The Roundabout Theatre Company production begins previews on March 30 and officially opens on April 26 at the American Airlines Theatre." -

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Anything Goes on Broadway:
Baby, you're the top!

"The Roundabout Theater Company's current production of Anything Goes is just such a show, chock full of contemporary themes and ageless. It is for these reasons and many more that I'll gladly crown Anything Goes the quintessential American musical.

Apparently, I'm not alone in feeling this big love, after witnessing the smiles, enthusiastic clapping and bopping/foot tapping going on in the audience of the Stephen Sondheim Theater this past Wednesday night. To quote Porter's magnificent lyrics 'The Gypsy in Me' finds 'Anything Goes' both 'Easy to Love' and 'De-lovely.'" -

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Norma Langworthy, Theatre Producer, Dies at 92

"Norma Langworthy, a life-long theatre devotee who produced plays Off-Broadway and on, died Jan. 28 at her home in New York City. She was 92.

She supported many New York theatre companies, including the Roundabout Theatre Company, which, in December 2005, named the Langworthy Lounge in the American Airlines Theatre after her." -

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Read a note on Norma Langworthy from Todd Haimes and Julia Levy.

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Roundabout Roundup: “Best of 2011” Lists


We are thrilled several Roundabout productions from the past year have landed in multiple "Top 10" lists of 2011.  Check out the lists below for some highlights of "Best of 2011" coverage!

TIME Magazine: The Top 10 Plays and Musicals 0f 2011

4.  Death Takes a Holiday
"The book (by Peter Stone and Thomas Meehan) takes its time to actually create characters and builds to a truly moving climax, while composer Maury Yeston (Nine, Titanic) has served up a lovely, often soaring score. Death deserves to live on. "

10.  Anything Goes
"[Kathleen Marshall] has come up with an ideal showcase for Sutton Foster, who slides with confidence into the role created by Ethel Merman, and puts herself at the top of an impressive new class of Broadway musical divas."

Jill Paice and Kevin Earley in 'Death Takes a Holiday'; Photo Credit: Joan Marcus, 2011

The New York Times: Charles Isherwood's Top 10 of 2011

8.  Sons of the Prophet
"In the standout play of the fall season, the playwright Stephen Karam depicted a kaleidoscope of human suffering with both biting humor and boundless compassion. The gifted actor Santino Fontana led a flawless cast, portraying a young man plagued by a mysterious ailment who also has to cope with the sudden death of his father, the failing health of a troublesome uncle, and a needy boss also battling the brutal fates."

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Entertainment Weekly: Best of 2011

4.  Anything Goes
"A remarkable number of 2011′s new productions found fresh and inventive ways to surprise, delight, and challenge audiences...Without further ado, here are EW’s top 10 standouts in stage..."

Sutton Foster and the Company of 'Anything Goes'; Photo Credit: Joan Marcus, 2011

New York Magazine: This Year in Theater

7.  Sons of the Prophet
"In a single, dolefully sweet show, and one of the only new plays to take on the Great Recession at ground level, we discovered an important playwright in Stephen Karam and a bright new star: Santino Fontana...Greatness is prophesied herein: Perhaps all’s well in the future of American playwriting."

Newsday: 2011's Best: Plays took center stage

7.  Sons of the Prophet
"This major new play by gifted young playwright Stephen Karam takes us to a world both exotic and familiar with elegance and the kind of humor that understands how perilously we all linger near the emotional abyss. Peter DuBois' lean production, which includes a harrowing performance by Joanna Gleason as an unraveling publisher, is terrific."

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

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