Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Announces Cast of ANYTHING GOES: IN CONCERT, 5/9-10
Since its highly successful Broadway debut 80 years ago, Anything Goes has been revived multiple times and now receives a world premiere symphonic version with Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) and an all-star Broadway cast, Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10, as part of the ISO's Printing Partners Pops Series at the Hilbert Circle Theatre.
The ISO's Anything Goes: In Concert features Broadway star Rachel York (Reno Sweeney), who recently played the role of Reno Sweeney in the national tour of the Tony Award-winning production of Anything Goes; Gary Beach (Moonface Martin), whose Broadway credits include Tony Award nominations for La Cage aux Folles in 2005 and for The Producers in 2001; Judy Kaye (Evangeline Harcourt), the two-time Tony Award-winner for her performances in The Phantom of the Opera and Nice Work If You Can Get It; and Max von Essen (Billy Crocker), whose credits include Broadway's LES MISERABLES, Dance of the Vampires and most recently, the revival of Evita.
Also starring in Anything Goes: In Concert are Janine DiVita (Hope Harcourt); Tari Kelly (Erma); Ted Keegan (Lord Evelyn Oakleigh); and Dennis Kelly (Elisha J. Whitney). The ensemble cast includes Anne Nicole Beck, Ian Cruz, Lori Ecker, Scott Hogsed, Danny Kingston, Ellen Kingston, Katy Merriman, Kristen Noonan, Amy Owens, Joseph Perkins Jr., Melissa Schott, Claire Wilcher and the Indianapolis Men's Chorus.
With music and lyrics by renowned American songwriter and Indiana native Cole Porter, Anything Goes premiered on Broadway in 1934 and quickly became one of the most popular musicals in the American repertory. For the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's symphonic premiere of the show, Maestro Everly has created new orchestrations for all of Porter's memorable songs, including "I Get A Kick Out of You," "You're the Top," "It's De-Lovely" and "Anything Goes."
The ISO's performances of Anything Goes: In Concert will take place Friday, May 9, at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m., and Saturday, May 10, at 8 p.m. The ISO's home at the historic Hilbert Circle Theatre is located in downtown Indianapolis on Monument Circle. For information and tickets, contact the ISO at (317) 639-4300 or www.IndianapolisSymphony.org.
Anything Goes: In Concert is produced by Senior Pops Producer Ty Johnson for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Direction and musical staging is by David Levy and Jennifer Ladner, and costuming is by Clare Henkel.
Printing Partners is the Title Sponsor for the entire 2013-2014 Printing Partners Pops Series season, and Raymond James & Associates, Inc. is the Premiere Sponsor for the Pops Series. Anything Goes: In Concert is presented with the generosity of Margaret Cole Russell and Steve Russell.
Jack Everly is the Principal Pops Conductor of the Indianapolis and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa). He has conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and appears regularly with The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center. In the 2013-14 Season he will debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra at The Mann Center. This year Maestro Everly will conduct over 90 performances in more than 20 North American cities.
As Music Director of the National Memorial Day Concert and A Capitol Fourth on PBS, Maestro Everly proudly leads the National Symphony Orchestra in these patriotic celebrations on the National Mall. These concerts attract hundreds of thousands attendees on the lawn and the broadcasts reach millions of viewers and are some of the very highest rated programming on PBS television.
Mr. Everly is the also Music Director of Yuletide Celebration, now a 28-year tradition. He led the ISO in its first Pops recording,Yuletide Celebration, Volume One, that included three of his own orchestrations Some of his other recordings include In The Presence featuring the Czech Philharmonic and Daniel Rodriguez , Sandi Patty's Broadway Stories, the soundtrack to Disney'sThe Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Everything's Coming Up Roses: The Complete Overtures Of Jule Styne.
Originally appointed by Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mr. Everly was conductor of the American Ballet Theatre for 14 years, where he served as Music Director. In addition to his ABT tenure, he teamed with Marvin Hamlisch on Broadway shows that Mr. Hamlisch scored. He conducted Carol Channing hundreds of times in Hello, Dolly! in two separate Broadway productions.
In 1998, Jack Everly created the Symphonic Pops Consortium, serving as Music Director. The Consortium, based in Indianapolis, produces new theatrical pops programs, including this season's On Broadway with Kander & Ebb. In the past 12 years, more than 250 performances of SPC programs have taken place across the U.S. and Canada.
Maestro Everly, a graduate of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, holds an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Franklin College in his home state of Indiana.
Rachel York is a dynamic and versatile actress, singer, dancer and comedienne. She is best known for her critically acclaimed Broadway performances in City of Angels, LES MISERABLES, Victor/Victoria (Drama Desk Award) with Dame Julie Andrews, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Sly Fox with Richard Dreyfuss and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. She turned heads on television with her courageous portrayal of Lucille Ball in the CBS movie, Lucy. Most recently, Ms. York starred as Reno Sweeney in the national tour of the Tony Award-winning production of Anything Goes; starred as Guenevere in the national tour of Camelot and portrayed Lilli Vanessi/Kate in Kiss Me, Kate (U.S. tour and London's West End). Off-Broadway, Ms. York has starred in The Best Is Yet to Come; Putting It Together (MTC, Drama Desk nomination), also with Julie Andrews; Dessa Rose (Lincoln Center Theater, Drama Desk nomination) and New York City Encores! critically acclaimed productions of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Little Me. Favorite regional productions include The King and I; Turn of the Century opposite Jeff Daniels (Goodman Theatre, Chicago); Hello, Dolly! (Boston, IRNE Award); Into the Woods (Boston, IRNE Award); Spamalot; Ragtime; Evita and The Odd Couple with Jason Alexander and Martin Short.