Cole Porter's 'Anything Goes' opens in Tampa

'Anything Goes' opens in Tampa

March 7, 2013 

The plot's completely silly. It's takes place on an ocean liner and it has something about a stowaway who's in love with a rich girl who's engaged to someone else but then he gets help from a nightclub singer and a gangster.

But really, no one cares about the plot of "Anything Goes." When a show has about two dozen Cole Porter songs, including "I Get a Kick Out of You," "You're the Top," "It's De-Lovely" and the title, it doesn't need a great story.

But the story, preposterous as it is, has some legendary Broadway wits behind it: P.G. Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse were among the writers.

"Anything Goes" is now nearing 70 years old, and it's one of the most durable shows in Broadway history, with at three major revivals, including a Tony-winning production in 2011.

A new national touring production from New York's famed Roundabout Theatre - the company that produced that 2012 Broadway revival -- is coming to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in for eight shows next week. It stars award-winning Broadway actor Rachel York as Reno Sweeney.

Details: March 12-17 in Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the performing Arts, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Tickets: $46.50-$81.50. Information: 813-229-7827 or strazcenter.org.

-- Marty Clear

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