It's Broadway Across America!

Revisit classic plays and musicals in Portland, including “Anything Goes”

By Jenny Wasson / The Bulletin

Published Sep 13, 2013 at 05:00AM

The S.S. American is cruising into Portland and you don't have to worry about malfunctions on this ocean liner. The ship is the setting for Cole Porter's hit “Anything Goes.”

Part of the Broadway Across America series, the musical comedy docks Oct. 2-6 at the Keller Auditorium in Portland.

Starring Ethel Merman, “Anything Goes” opened at the Alvin Theatre on Broadway in 1934. A satire about the rich and glamorous, the musical “became the fourth longest-running musical of the 1930s, had five hit songs and marked the peak of Porter's career,” according to the show's study guide.

The story revolves around stowaway Billy Crocker, debutante Hope Harcourt, wealthy Englishman Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (Hope's fiancee) and evangelist-turned-nightclub singer Reno Sweeney as they look for love aboard the S.S. American. Songs include “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “You're the Top” and the title song, “Anything Goes.”

The touring production was created by the Roundabout Theatre Company, a not-for-profit theater in New York City that focuses on revivals of classic plays and musicals. The “Anything Goes” revival garnered rave reviews and won three Tony Awards in 2011.

Along with “Anything Goes,” the 2013-14 season of Broadway Across America in Portland features “American Idiot” (Nov. 12-17), “Evita” (Jan. 7-12), “Sister Act” (April 1-6), “Once” (June 10-15) and back by popular demand, “The Book of Mormon” (July 8-20).

Ticket prices for “Anything Goes” range from $25 to $89, plus fees, depending on seat location and day of performance. To purchase tickets, visit www.portland5.com or call 800-273-1530. For more information on Broadway Across America's Portland lineup, visit www .portlandopera.org.

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