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Photo Flash: ANYTHING GOES Celebrates Opening Night at Arena Stage

By: Nov. 16, 2018
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Arena Stage presents Cole Porter's madcap seafaring musical, Anything Goes, with music and lyrics by Porter; original book by P.G. Wodehouse and Guy Bolton, with co-authors Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse; and new book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman. Featuring some of musical theater's most memorable standards such as "I Get a Kick Out of You," "You're the Top" and the title song, Anything Goes is directed by Molly Smith, with choreography by Parker Esse and music direction by Paul Sportelli, and will run November 2-December 23, 2018 in the iconic in-the-round Fichandler Stage.

The cacst includes Corbin Bleu (Broadway's Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical; Disney Channel's High School Musical) as Billy and Soara-Joye Ross (Off-Broadway's Carmen Jones) as Reno Sweeney, Stephen DeRosa (Broadway's On the Town, HBO's Boardwalk Empire) as Moonface Martin, Jimmy Ray Bennett (Amazon Studio's Hand of God) as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh and D.C.-area native Lisa Helmi Johanson (Off-Broadway's Avenue Q) as Hope Harcourt. Jonathan Holmes (Netflix's Anne With an E) makes his Arena debut as Captain, while Thomas Adrian Simpson (Arena's Dave, A Raisin in the Sun) and Maria Rizzo (Arena's Fiddler on the Roof) return to the stage here as Elisha Whitney and Erma, respectively.

Lisa Tejero (Broadway's Metamorphoses) also returns to Arena as Evangeline Harcourt, along with Ben Gunderson (Purser/Ensemble/Lady Fair Quartet) and ensemble members DeMoya Watson Brown and Nicholas Yenson. Julio Catano-Yee and Christopher Shin makes their Arena debuts as John and Luke, respectively.

Rounding out the Anything Goes company are Brent McBeth, Mickey Orange, Lizz Picini, Kristyn Pope, and Andrea Weinzeirl, with swings Allie O'Donnell and Brett Uram.

Tickets may be purchased online at by phone at 202-488-3300 or at the Sales Office at 1101 Sixth St., SW, D.C.

Photo Credit: Cameron Whitman


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