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Anything Goes 2006

Anything Goes, 2006

Performance dates: 20th – 25th March 2006
Venue: Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke


Billy Crocker David Izzo
Reno Sweeney Kathy May-Miller
Moonface Martin Simon Brickell
Hope Harcourt Jessica Ridley
Erma Sarah Brickell
Lord Evelyn Oakleigh Colin Woolmer
Mrs. Harcourt Kate Youll
Elisha Whitney David Scanlan
Luke Gordon Sutton
John Andy Tungate
Captain Peter Francis
Purser Peter Chiverton
Fred Martin Palmer
Angels (x4) Cari Deaves, Jenny Moseley, Kim Knights, Stephanie Webb

Production team:
Director: Gail Lowe
Musical Director: Roy Oldham
Stage Director: Andy Gutteridge


Set in the 1930s, the story takes place on a luxury ocean liner sailing from New York to England. As the show opens, the ship’s crew is readying it for passengers. Reno Sweeney, a famous nightclub singer, is on board with her Angels as the entertainment. Hope Harcourt, a socialite, is sailing with her mother and her fiancé, Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. He is handsome, wealthy, and a bit of a fop. Hope is not in love with him but the marriage will secure the future for her and her mother. Once wealthy, the family lost just about everything in the 1929 stock market crash and her father committed suicide.
Elisha Whitney, a Wall Street business tycoon, is also on board. His assistant, Billy Crocker, boards the ship to give his boss his forgotten passport and sees Hope Harcourt. The two had met previously and he still harbors a romantic a attraction towards her. Impulsively, Billy decides to stay on the ship when it leaves New York, even though he promises his boss he will work on an important business deal. He is forced to hide because he doesn’t have a passport or a ticket. He bumps into a small time crook, Moonface Martin, who is traveling dressed as a minister because he is wanted by the FBI. Moonface’s cohort, Snake Eyes, hasn’t shown up for the trip so Moonface gives Billy his passport and ticket, both under an assumed name. Billy and Moonface travel in disguise with Erma, Snake Eyes’ girlfriend, who enjoys flirting with all of the sailors. Other passengers on board include Reverend Henry T. Dobson, a missionary in China, and two of his recent converts, Luke and John.

Once the ship leaves harbor, Billy uses a variety of disguises to avoid being discovered. During the voyage, he tries to convince Hope that he is in love with her and she shouldn’t marry Lord Evelyn. Reno, who is an old friend of Billy’s, agrees to help him by pretending to seduce Lord Evelyn. In the process, she discovers that she actually finds him attractive, but he has no idea she’s interested, at least for awhile. When it’s discovered that two gangsters, Moonface and Snake Eyes, are on board, the passengers are excited to have celebrities and the pair become instant heroes. But soon they are thrown in the brig by the ship’s captain. Reno leads an impromptu revival meeting for the infamous passengers to confess their sins. Getting into the spirit, Lord Evelyn confesses he previously had a fling with a woman named Plum Blossom in China. Meanwhile Billy and Moonface plot their escape from the brig by enticing Luke and John into a game of cards to win their clothes.

Mrs. Harcourt sees that Hope’s interest in Billy is growing and doesn’t want the marriage to be stalled, so she arranges for the captain to marry Hope and Lord Evelyn immediately on the ship. At the wedding, Reno appears, disguised as Plum Blossom, with Billy and Moonface, disguised as Chinese men. They say that Lord Evelyn must marry Plum Blossom to make an honest woman of her. Realizing that it’s Reno, he readily agrees that would be the proper thing to do and Hope agrees to release him from their engagement. Hope and Billy are then free to marry. Elisha Whitney suddenly proposes to Mrs. Harcourt and she accepts, so the captain performs a triple wedding ceremony on the spot. The cast does a big tap finalé and everyone lives happily every after.

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