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They’re the top! Emma Stratton and Brian Krinsky have been cast as Reno Sweeney and Billy Crocker, respectively, in the upcoming national tour of Cole Poter’s Anything Goes. The show is set to begin performances October 14 in Houston before continuing to cities across the country.
Stratton (Kiss Me, Kate, Into The Woods, Sweeney Todd) and Krinsky (Beauty and the Beast, Oliver!, Seussical) will be joined by Tracy Bidleman as Mrs. Evangeline Harcourt, Anthony Chan as John, Rachelle Rose Clark as Hope Harcourt, Michael R. Douglass as Elisha Whitney, Roy Flores as Luke, Kenny Francoeur as Purser, Richard Lindenfelzer as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh, Drew Martin as Captain, Mychal Phillips as Erma and Dennis Setteducati as Moonface Martin.
The Anything Goes ensemble will include Willie Dee, Patrick Heffernan, Jamie Mills, Kaylee Olson, Gabriella Perez, Lexie Plath, Michael Santora, Bryan James Seastrom, Katie Wilson Stewart, Annie Wallace, Boe Wank and Bradley Allan Zarr.
Winner of the 2011 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, Anything Goes will sail under the direction of Sean McKnight and Jennifer Savelli. McKnight and Savelli will recreate the original direction and choreography by Kathleen Marshall, who won the 2011 Tony Award for Best Choreography.
Anything Goes features music and lyrics by Cole Porter, original book by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse, and new book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman. Porter’s roundup of nostalgic hits in the production include “You’re the Top,” “Friendship,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “It’s De-Lovely,” “Blow, Gabriel, Blow” and, of course, “Anything Goes.”