Anything Goes: Stephanie J. Block to play Reno
Stephanie J. Block will assume the role of 'Reno Sweeney' on 15 Mar 2012 from original cast member Sutton Foster who will play her final performance on 11 Mar 2012.
Foster, who was scheduled to star through to 29 Apr 2012, is leaving the show to begin filming ABC's "Bunheads." Sutton's co-star Joel Grey, who plays 'Moonface Martin' will continue through to the 29 Apr 2012.
Block previously stepped into the role of 'Reno Sweeney' for three weeks in Nov 2011, when Sutton took a leave of absence to film the pilot episode of "Bunheads." Block's other Broadway credits include '9 to 5,' 'Wicked,' 'The Boy From Oz' and 'The Pirate Queen.'
The musical's principal cast currently features Sutton Foster (Reno Sweeney), Joel Grey (Moonface Martin), Colin Donnell (Billy Crocker), Robert Petkoff (Lord Evelyn Oakleigh), Erin Mackey (Hope Harcourt), Jessica Stone (Erma), Walter Charles (Captain), Robert Creighton (Purser), Andrew Cao (Luke), Raymond J. Lee (John), John McMartin (Elisha Whitney) and Julie Halston (Evangeline Harcourt).
Anything Goes: When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention head out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love... proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail.
Directed & choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, Anything Goes opened at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on 7 Apr 2011, following previews from 10 Mar 2011, where it is booking through to 9 Sep 2012.
The musical opened to mostly excellent reviews: Zesty new revival (NY Times); Pure, old-school magic (NY Post); What can you say about perfection? (Back Stage); An enjoyable cruise to musical comedy heaven (Newsroom Jersey).
Anything Goes won three 2011 Tony Awards: Best Revival of a Musical, Best Actress in a Musical (Sutton Foster) and Best Choreography (Kathleen Marshall).
Anything Goes' music & lyrics are by Cole Porter, original book is by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse. The revival features a new book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman.
The creative team includes Bill Elliott (Additional Orchestrations), Rob Fisher (Musical Director) and David Chase (Dance Arranger). The design team includes Derek McLane (Sets), Martin Pakledinaz (Costumes), Peter Kaczorowski (Lights) and Brian Ronan (Sound).
Anything Goes premiered on Broadway on 21 Nov 1934 at the Alvin Theatre, starring Ethel Merman, directed by Howard Lindsay and choreographed by Robert Alton.
The first Broadway revival of Anything Goes premiered on Broadway on 19 Oct 1987 at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre and won the Tony Award for best revival. It starred Patti LuPone, with direction by Jerry Zaks and choreography by Michael Smuin.Stephanie J. Block as Reno Sweeney
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