The Company of Four present Anything Goes by arrangement with Musicscope and Stage Musicals Limited of New York at The Riverside Theatre, Woodbridge from Tuesday 2nd until Saturday 6th July.
Woodbridge based The Company of Four are busy rehearsing for their forthcoming production of Anything Goes – a fantastic musical with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The original book was a collaborative effort by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse, heavily revised by the team of Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. The story concerns madcap antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London.
Billy Crocker, a young love-sick Wall Street broker, stows away on the S.S. American, in hopes of winning the heart of his beloved Hope Harcourt. His boss, Yale graduate Elisha J. Whitney, is also on board. He plans to relax before making an important business deal in England. Hope is on her way to England to be married to Sir Evelyn Oakleigh, a stuffy, hapless British nobleman. Also on the boat are “Moonface” Martin, a second-rate gangster on the lam labeled “Public Enemy 13,” and his friend Erma; the two have disguised themselves as a minister and a missionary, respectively, after stranding the ship’s real chaplain back at the port. They also, mistakenly, left behind their leader, “Snake Eyes” Johnson, Public Enemy number one.
On board, Crocker runs into his friend, Reno Sweeney, an evangelizing nightclub singer, who resolves to help Billy win over Hope, to the dismay of Hope’s mother, Mrs. Harcourt (though she doesn’t know about the original plan), who insists she marry Evelyn. Billy simultaneously learns the true identities of Moonface and Erma, and in exchange for his silence, they join the plot to break up Hope and Evelyn. However, as Billy doesn’t have a ticket or passport, Erma and Moonface let him have Snake Eyes Johnson’s, without telling him to whom it belongs. But the ship’s crew figure out that Public Enemy number one is on board, and Billy has to take on a number of hilarious disguises to hide from them which at first makes Hope angry with him. As the show progresses, Hope, Evelyn, Billy, Reno, Elisha, Mrs. Harcourt, Erma, and Moonface all end up in a variety of compromising positions with members of the opposite sex, with Reno seducing Evelyn Oakleigh, originally just to get seen by Hope or Mrs. Harcourt so they would reject him, but eventually she wins him over for real and they even get married. Hope and Billy also get married, Mrs. Harcourt (divorced) and Mr. Whitney get married, and Moonface Martin receives a notice on board that the government considers him “harmless.”
Directed by David Caddick with Musical Direction by Jo King and Choreography by Lena Hoggarth the company is lucky to have an extremely talented production team. Lena Hoggarth, Choreographer says, “I have worked with David on a number of Company of Four Shows and this one has certainly been a challenge. The cast although very small at just 22 really do the show justice and have worked extremely hard so far in rehearsals. There is a 6 ? minute very fast tap routine at the end of the Act one and with a group of dancers at varying levels it was tough ask but to look at them dance the routine now as a team and in time with each other makes all of the hard work worth it”
Anything Goes is a fantastic and fast paced show – don’t miss out – climb aboard the S.S. American and let the Company of Four whisk you back to the 1930’s where you can enjoy the music and lyrics of Cole Porter, tap along with the dancing, laugh and empathise with the characters throughout. The Company tends to sell out their summer shows early so don’t delay call the Riverside Theatre today to book tickets on 01394 382174 (open daily from 10am – 8pm)