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Anything Goes at ASU's Herberger Mainstage Lyric Opera Theatre

Angie Grimwood (one of the Angels showgirls) and Bryce Doyle (Henry T. Dobson).

Photo courtesy of Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

March 29, 2005

TEMPE, Ariz. - Debutantes, gangsters, tycoons and stowaways will set sail for a rousing evening of song and dance when ASU's Herberger Mainstage Lyric Opera Theatre presents the popular Cole Porter musical Anything Goes, for a seven-day "cruise" April 22 - May 1.

First performed in 1934, Anything Goes features a lively score of 17 songs including "I Get a Kick Out of You," "You're the Top," "Anything Goes" and "It's De-Lovely." Anything Goes was one of New York's longest running musicals of the 1930s and has had several revivals on stages internationally. The 1936 screen version starred Ethel Merman and Bing Crosby.

Set aboard the S.S. American luxury liner headed for London, Anything Goes is the story of a stowaway, Billy Crocker, who pursues the beautiful debutante Hope Harcourt with a little help from Public Enemy Number 13, Moonface Martin. Other travelers aboard the ship include Reno Sweeney, a sexy evangelist turned nightclub singer; Hope's mother Evangeline; Lord Evelyn Oakleigh, a wealthy Englishman; and Elisha Whitney, a goggle-eyed tycoon. The ensemble cast includes more than 30 singing and dancing nautical characters.

Emily Parkhurst, a Master of Music student, is the musical director for the production and Graham Whitehead directs. LOT lecturer JoAnn Yeoman choreographed the production. Herberger College School of Music students perform.

Whitehead says Anything Goes is a "fun show - frivolous and silly. Everybody in life needs to be able to have a good time when times are grim. This is a very tuneful show by young, enthusiastic actors."

WHEN: April 22, 27, 29, 30 and May 1; 7:30 p.m. April 23, 24; 2 p.m.

WHERE: Evelyn Smith Music Theatre in the ASU Music Building, 40 E. Gammage Pkwy., Tempe

TICKETS: Fridays and Saturdays: $20 general; $18 seniors, faculty, staff and ASU alumni; $5 students. Weekdays: $15 general; $13 seniors, faculty, staff and ASU alumni; $5 students.

INFORMATION : 480-965-6447 or

The ASU Herberger Mainstage Lyric Opera Theatre season is sponsored by The Harris, "Leaders in wealth management since 1882." For a complete Mainstage schedule of theatre, dance and music performances, go to 

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