Tuesday, May 7, 2013

“ANYTHING GOES” IS “THE TOP” @ FRIENDS SCHOOL OF BALTIMORE

imageANYTHING GOES
Based on the original book collaboration of Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse (of “Jeeves and Wooster” fame
Book by Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse
Music and lyrics by Cole Porter

WHEN: : Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, 7:30 PM, and on Sunday, May 19, at 2:00 PM
WHERE:
Friends School of Baltimore, 5114 North Charles Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: $10 for adults, $5 for students, and may be purchased at the door or by ordering in advance. To download the ticket order form, click here.

The storyline follows the S.S. America as it sails from New York to England, carrying an unusual group of passengers: an evangelizing nightclub singer (Aimee Bitzel ’13 as Reno Sweeney), a second-rate gangster and his sidekick (Andrew Kirkpatrick ’14 as Moonface Martin and Annie Blalock ’16 as Bonnie), a recently impoverished debutante and her mother (Molly Farrugia ’13 and Isabel Cooke ’16 as Hope and Evangeline Harcourt), and a wealthy New York businessman and his stowaway assistant (Robert Barkley ’13 as Elisha Whitney and Will Frost ’14 as Billy Crocker). Hope is Billy’s long-lost love, but she is, unfortunately, now engaged to a wealthy Englishman (Nathan Leach ’14 as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh). Billy enlists the help of his friends Reno and Moonface to help him win over Hope’s heart, leading to comic misunderstandings and farcical situations of mistaken identities.

Audiences will delight in such classic songs as “You’re the Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “De-Lovely,” “Friendship” and, of course, “Anything Goes.”

Directed by veteran Friends actor Molly Doyle ’07, with assistance from Kate Billingsley, and music directed by our own Michael McVey, who this year marks his 25th year at Friends, “Anything Goes” is Mr. McVey’s 50th main-stage musical at Friends (including his Summer Stock and Middle School choreographer stints)! Look for spectacular choreography from choreographer Kathy Satmary (especially in the tap number “Anything Goes!”), costume design by Sally Kahn and an impressive set design from Jim Audette (whose boat deck construction includes a spiral staircase!).