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Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” Starts Run at Pleasanton’s Firehouse Arts Center

January 29, 2017

Pleasanton, CA–This weekend welcomed the opening performances of the Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre’s production of Cole Porter’s classic musical Anything Goes, now playing through February 12 at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton.

This rousing, big dance musical spectacular is an amusing story wrapped around one of Cole Porter’s magical scores. Terrific Cole Porter songs include: It’s De-Lovely, Friendship, I Get A Kick Out Of You, All Through The Night, Anything Goes, You’re The Top and Blow, Gabriel, Blow. Critically acclaimed, professional Director/Actor, David Judson directs the production and is supported by acclaimed Music Director, Brett Strader and Choreographer, Suzanne Brandt.

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Judson – “I am absolutely thrilled to work with this big, professional cast. Anything Goes features incredible Cole Porter music and fantastic dancing, including tap. This show is sure to have our audience humming the famous tunes and tapping their feet as they watch this spectacle. I’m equally thrilled to work with such an incredible creative team including the critically acclaimed Music Director Brett Strader and Choreographer Suzanne Brandt.

“This show features Broadway National Touring actors and amazing professional dancers. Our pro orchestra will be playing their hearts out. Join us for a truly upbeat, fun, entertaining, joyful, and invigorating time.”

The cast features national touring professional actors, including Joy Sherratt as “Reno Sweeney” (national tours of Grease, The Wizard of Oz, and Jesus Christ Superstar) and Christopher Vettel as “Sir Evelyn Oakleigh” (national tours of Annie and Sunset Boulevard) – both of whom were last seen on the PCRT stage in the World Premiere of Enchanted April-A New Musical Romance.

 

In Anything Goes, The S. S. American is sailing between New York and England with a comically colorful assemblage of passengers: Reno Sweeney, a popular nightclub singer and former evangelist, her pal Billy Crocker, a lovelorn Wall Street broker who has come aboard to try to win the favor of his beloved Hope Harcourt (who is engaged to another passenger, Sir Evelyn Oakleigh), and a second-rate conman named Moonface Martin, aka “Public Enemy #13.” Song, dance, and farcical antics ensue as Reno and Moonface try to help Billy win the love of his life. It’s a wonder that all the romances are sorted out and disaster is averted aboard the magical ship where Anything Goes!

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The show will run through February 12, 2017: Fridays, 2/3 & 2/10 at 8pm; Saturdays, 1/28 & 2/4 & 2/11 at 8pm; Saturday matinees, 2/4 & 2/11 at 2pm; and Sunday matinees 1/29 & 2/12 at 2pm. Tickets are $19-$40 each, and are available at the Firehouse Arts Center Box Office, by phone at (925) 931-4848, or online at www.pcrtproductions.org or www.firehousearts.org.

All photo credits: Berenice Ku

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