KU Theatre

Anything Goes

Music & lyrics by Cole Porter, book by Guy Bolton, P.G. Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay & Russell Crouse

    Featuring the KU Symphony Orchestra

  • Director & Choreographer: John Staniunas
  • Conductor & Musical Director: David Neely
  • Scenic Designer: Mark Reaney
  • Lighting Designer: Shane Rowse
  • Costume Designer: Delores Ringer
  • The longest running musical of the 1930's, this 1934 hit is the perfect song and dance vehicle to showcase the sophisticated and clever music and lyrics of Cole Porter. A lively, romantic story, it is set on a luxurious ocean liner heading for England. On board are Reno Sweeney, evangelist turned bar hostess, who has fallen for and followed Billy Crocker to persuade him that it is she he wants to marry, not Hope Harcourt. Hope, however, wants to marry Sir Evelyn Oakleigh, not Billy, who has boarded the ship without a ticket and is forced to take on a variety of disguises. All this occurs while Rev. Dr. Moon, whom the FBI has named "Public Enemy 13," is also on board, aspiring to be Enemy #1. When the ship reaches England, Hope discovers she has become an heiress, so she drops Sir Evelyn and agrees to marry Billy. At the same time, Oakleigh discovers Reno and Reverend Moon discovers he is no longer even on the FBI list. Porter's score, called one of the most glorious in the history of American Musical Theatre, features such classics as All Through the Night, It's DeLovely, Blow, Gabriel, Blow, I Get a Kick Out of You, and You're the Top, many accentuated by a stage full of tap-dancers. This slapstick game of love gone awry takes the audience on a magical musical journey full of laughs.

    Check it out on You Tube.


    Cast Member

    Reno Sweeney Tali Friedman
    Hope Harcourt Mary McNulty
    Evangeline Harcourt Jean Bosch
    Erma Marilyn Haines
    Purity Kirby Anderson
    Chastity Clare Vowels
    Charity Elizabeth Elliott
    Virtue Alexandra Taylor
    Reporter & Passenger Whitney Juneau
    Lady in the Wheelchair Maggie Hires
    Girl in Bar & Passenger Sarah Bodle
    Passenger Allison Lewis
    Passenger Nora Woolpert
    Passenger Alisa Schemmel
    Evelyn Oakleigh Troy Dargin
    Billy Crocker Jeff Sears
    Elisha Whitney Garrett Lawson
    Moonface Martin Chris McGillivray
    Luke & Passenger Joe Getto
    Fred, John & Passenger Kyle Tichenor
    Captain Ben Sullivan
    Purser Jeremy Ims
    Dobson & Passenger Joe Carr
    Photographer & Passenger Eric Abney
    Reporter & Passenger Sean Hall
    FBI & Passenger Jake Wozniak
    FBI & Passenger Austin Robinson
    Sailor in Bar and on ship Toby Wright
    Sailor Dennis Crowl
    Sailor Matt Elliott
    Sailort Eddie Schubel
    Sailor Alex Goering
    Sailor Jordan Gouge


  • April 23, 2010 - 7:30 p.m. - Crafton-Preyer Theatre
  • April 24, 2010 - 7:30 p.m. - Crafton-Preyer Theatre
  • April 25, 2010 - 2:30 p.m. - Crafton-Preyer Theatre
  • April 29, 2010 - 7:30 p.m. - Crafton-Preyer Theatre
  • April 30, 2010 - 7:30 p.m. - Crafton-Preyer Theatre
  • May 1, 2010 - 7:30 p.m. - Crafton-Preyer Theatre

Ticket Prices

  • Public: $20
  • Senior Citizens & KU Faculty/Staff: $19
  • All Students: $10


    Actors in 3rd dress rehearsal

    Photo by Phillip Schroeder


    Anything Goes cast members performed in a promotional "rave"
    on KU's Wescoe Beach April 21.

    Photos by Rochelle Herman

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