Anything Goes has made its way to the Palm Canyon Theatre. This musical favorite comes complete with amazing tap numbers, campy jokes, unlikely happy endings and timeless tunes including “You’re the Top,” “I Get a Kick Out Of You” and “Anything Goes,” courtesy of the unforgettable score by Cole Porter.
Anything Goes describes it all as the cast gets wrapped up in zany antics aboard the S.S. American ocean liner bound from New York to London. Stowaway Billy Crocker, played by Robbie Wayne, a former theatre producer, is in love with heiress Hope Harcourt, played by Jamie Leigh Walker. Trouble is, Hope is engaged to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh, played by Kam Sisco. Enter nightclub singer Reno Sweeney, played by Francesca Amori, a real-life, local cabaret singer who has toured from New York to Broadway and who performs frequently at the AJs at the Green and the Purple Room. Reno and Moonface Martin, played by Tom Warrick, find a soft-spot for Billy as he devises of a way to win Hope’s heart. In the end, two unlikely couples are wed with a little help from a crew of singing sailors, exotic disguises and some good old-fashioned blackmail.
The original book of Anything Goes was a collaboratively written by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse, heavily revised by the team of Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. It debuted on Broadway in 1934 at the Alvin Theatre (now known as the Neil Simon Theatre). The production has been revived several times in the United States and Britain and has been filmed twice. The Palm Canyon Theatre’s rendition of Anything Goes is directed by Steve Fisher, winner of multiple Desert Theatre League honors for both directing and acting. Musical direction is by Steven Smith, and the show is choreographed by Matthew Ryan.
Anything Goes opens Friday, January 22, and runs weekends through Sunday, February 7. Show times are 7 p.m. on Thursdays, 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday matinees start at 2 p.m. Tickets are $32-$36. Student tickets are $15, with valid ID; student tickets must be purchased at the Box Office.
For tickets, call the Palm Canyon Theatre Box Office at 760-323-5123 or order online: PalmCanyonTheatre.org. The Palm Canyon Theatre is located at 538 North Palm Canyon Drive, at the corner of Alejo Road and Palm Canyon Drive, across from Koffi inside The Corridor. Box Office hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information call 760-323-5123.