STAGE TUBE: First Look at Highlights of ANYTHING GOES

Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini AM and leading Australian theatre producer John Frost AM announced that actor, comedian and impressionist Gerry Connolly joins the cast of Anything Goes to play the Captain of the S.S. American during the Melbourne and Brisbane seasons.

Check out a first look at the cast in action below!

Connolly will join the other principal cast previously announced: Caroline O'Connor as evangelist turned nightclub singer Reno Sweeney; Todd McKenney as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh; Alex Rathgeber as young Wall Street broker Billy Crocker; Claire Lyon will be American debutante Hope Harcourt; Carmen Duncan in her musical theatre debut as Evangeline Harcourt; Wayne Scott Kermond will play second-rate gangster Moonface Martin; Debora Krizak is Moonface's girlfriend Erma; and Bartholomew John plays Wall Street banker Elisha J. Whitney.

The Anything Goes ensemble comprises Aljin Abella, Annie Aitken, Spencer Bignell, Jan Di Peitro, Samantha Leigh Dodemaide, Xander Ellis, Josh Gates, Alex Gibson-Giorgio, Bridget Hancock, Nicholas Kong, Evan Lever, Hayley Martin, Suzie Melloy, Imogen Moore, Glen Oliver, Natasha Paramor, Nathan Pinnell, Jordan Pollard, Ashleigh Rubenach, Mason Schaube, Greta Sherriff, Ashlee Smith and Lyndon Watts.

For decades, Anything Goes has captivated millions with its delightful story of madcap antics aboard the S.S. American. When the ocean liner embarks from New York to London, etiquette and convention get tossed out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to find true love... proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail.

This dazzling musical celebration, described by Ben Brantley of The New York Times as "a deluxe candy box of Cole Porter's best songs," features a hilarious tale of topsy-turvy relationships, mistaken identities and foiled plots, peppered with some of musical theatre's most memorable standards including You're The Top, De-Lovely, I Get A Kick Out Of You and of course the title song, Anything Goes.

Winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival and Choreography during its most recent Broadway run, Anything Goes is a stunning nautical favourite. This first-class musical extravaganza will dock in Melbourne in May, Brisbane in July and Sydney in September.

For more information, visit www.anythinggoesmusical.com.au or follow on Twitter @AnythingGoesAu, Facebook:www.facebook.com/pages/Anything-Goes and Instagram @AnythingGoesAu.


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