The Roundabout Theatre Company is considered a cultural institution and honors this lofty title with their “commitment to producing the highest quality theatre with the finest artists, sharing stories that endure and providing accessibility to all audiences,” as stated in their mission. They are going on their 46th season and continuing the mission to advance theatrical art form with various programs and vast productions.
The Roundabout Theatre Company brings one of their notable productions from their portfolio of diverse classic works and revival plays and musicals, the national tour of Anything Goes. The Durham Performance Arts Center presents this 2011 Tony Award winning Broadway musical production on March 19 through 24.Anything Goes features toe-tapping and light hearted music and lyrics by Cole Porter and is based on the original book by P.G. Wodehouse and Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse; and new book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman.
The show is based on what the press release describe, a setting in 1934 “the musical comedy (is) about lovers, liars and clowns on a transatlantic cruise. When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention head out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love… proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail.”
Some of Cole Porter’s nostalgic hits in Anything Goes include “You’re the Top,” “Friendship,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “It’s De-Lovely,” “Blow, Gabriel, Blow” and, “Anything Goes.” Don’t be surprised if the tunes become embedded in the mind and catch you humming, singing, and slapping your feet on the water in the shower to sound like tap shoes. Anything is possible after an experience of Broadway musical magic.
From a small 150-seat theater in 1965 in a supermarket basement in New York City, the Roundabout Theatre has become an influential nonprofit with five stages on and off Broadway, touring nationally, and who continues to serve and entertain vast audiences, students, educators, artists, and actors nationally and worldwide. Enjoy the heritage of theatrical productions and savor the artistic contributions of the Roundabout Theater at the Anything Goes performances.