May 18 - June 4, 2011
LESLEY ANSELL
MALCOLM BYRNE
JOE CASCONE
Billy Crocker
Moonface Martin
Hope Harcourt
Elisha J. Whitney
Lord Evelyn Oakleigh
Mrs. Wadsworth T. Harcourt
Bonnie LaTour
Captain
Purser
Louie / FBI Agent / Sailor
FBI Agent/Sailor
Rev. Henry T. Dobson
Luke
John

The Angels:
Faith
Charity
Virtue
Purity
Honor
Chastity
Lighting by
Choreography by
Production Stage Manager
Directed by
CAST
FINNIE JESSON
SEAN CATHEROY
DAVID HAINES
ELIZABETH ROSE MORRISS
ERIC BOTOSAN
KEVIN MALCOLM
PATRICIA BYRNE
SUSAN SANDERS
LARRY GIBBS
KERRY WILKINS
DEAN ADEMA
ANDREW BYRNE
Production Team
Sean Catheroy, Finnie Jesson
and David Haines
of the 1934 Cole Porter musical comedy Anything Goes. Joe Cascone searched out the 1934 script and score and
offers us a chance to see what Broadway audiences saw in the 1930’s.

Far from being dated, the original script plays as a delightful farce enlivened by some colorful characters. Cascone’s
direction keeps it brisk and amusing with the help of a fine cast who bring spark and vigor to the proceedings.

Boarding the SS. American, headed from New York to London are Reno Sweeney, an ex-nightclub singer turned
evangelist and her chorus girls (now called Angels);  “Moonface “ Martin, Public Enemy #13 and his moll, Bonnie,
Lord Evelyn Oakleigh, two Chinese Christian converts, plus a group of celebrity seeking photographers and
reporters.  The script by Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse is tighter and funnier than most musicals of the era,
and Porter’s score still has plenty of zest.

Finnie Jesson plays Reno with a playful sense of irreverence.  Porter wrote these songs for the show’s original
leading lady, Ethel Merman. Jesson has more warmth in her voice than Merman but still brings vitality to the show’s
title song and rouses everyone with “Blow Gabriel, Blow.”

As the ambitious gangster, Moonface Martin,
David Haines gives another in a series of crowd-pleasing performances,
generating many laughs and delighting us with his cheer-up song “Be like the Bluebird.” His assistant Bonnie is
portrayed by
Susan Sanders using a New Yawk kind of voice that drips with funny. Also very funny are the two
Chinese mischief-makers played by
Anthony Chow and Rory Moy.

Eric Botosan brings comic bluster to his portrayal of stockbroker Elisha Whitney.  Whitney’s assistant, Billy Crocker
is brash and self assured, but he reveals his deep infatuation with Hope Harcourt in the Porter ballad “All Through the
Night.”
Sean Catheroy who plays Billy has a fine singing voice that accentuates Porter’s lovely melody.  He also
smoothly delivers Porter’s laundry list of compliments in “You’re the Top” sung with Reno.  Unfortunately, he gives
a rather undisciplined performance with a disconcerting habit of playing his scenes to the audience rather than to the
other players. This prevents him from developing any chemistry with
Elizabeth Rose Morris who is delightfully
charming as Hope. She is being married off by her fortune-seeking mother (played with haughty dignity by
Patricia
Byrne) to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh, (Kevin Malcolm, who just for fun plays up the character’s foppishness.)   

The musical accompaniment is provided by an intimate 6-piece ensemble conducted by Etienne Levesque that
recreates the musical style of the 1930s.

It would be easy to avoid
Anything Goes thinking you have already seen the show, but this original version has rarely
been performed over the past 50 years and it’s a joyous treat from start to finish.