VIDEO: The Cast Of ANYTHING GOES At Arena Stage Honors indigenous People
This week, Molly Smith and the cast of Anything Goes at Arena Stage chose to honor and support Indigenous Peoples' Day (Oct 8). Just as those at sea use Morse code to send SOS alerts, the cast of Anything Goes -- joined by Molly's partner, Suzanne Blue Star Boy -- taps out a call to action in the video below to bring awareness to the epidemic of murdered, kidnapped, and missing Native women in the United States and Canada:
Arena Stage is now hard at work in rehearsal for 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 cast 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.
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