TU Presents Classic Musical Anything Goes April 22 - May 1

Thursday, March 25, 1999

Published on 3/25/99

Nothing is as pleasing as the age-old tale of boy-meets-girl and the complications which ensue, and nowhere is the tale told as well as in the quintessential musical comedy of the 1930s, “Anything Goes.” The University of Tulsa Department of Theatre will present “Anything Goes,” written by Guy Bolton, P.G. Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, April 22 - May 1 in TU’s Chapman Theatre in Kendall Hall.

The play includes gamblers and FBI agents, evangelists and lovers, arranged marriages and would-be suitors, yet all the romances are sorted out and disaster is averted in the end aboard the Ocean Greyhound “America.”

“Anything Goes” is the most revived musical comedy of the 1930s that is still produced today and it set the standard for the shows which followed it, including “42nd Street.” The score, written by Cole Porter, includes “Friendship,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “Anything Goes,” “It’s De-Lovely,” and “Blow, Gabriel, Blow.”

“This is a high spirited production that captures the spirit of the 1930s in America,” says Terry Silver-Alford, TU professor of musical theatre and director of the play. “The jokes are as silly and refreshing as they were when the show was first staged.”

Art Deco is the theme for both the costumes and the set.

Guest costume designer Teri Lewis, from Oregon, is working with students and guest draper Don Bolinger, to build many of the 1930s costumes in house. Jennifer Lupp, the guest choreographer, has taken a break from her career in Chicago to work on the dance numbers for the production.

The scenic and lighting designer is Susan Barrett, technical director is Curt Selby, and stage manager is Allison Merritt. Musical direction is by James Gregory. The cast includes 35 TU students, Chairman of the TU Department of Theatre David Cook and TU Adjunct Theatre Professor Maureen Hawley.

Performances will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 22 - 24, Thursday through Saturday, April 29 - May 1 and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 25 and Saturday, May 1. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for Tulsa area students and senior citizens, and $2 for TU students, faculty and staff. Tickets may be purchased at the door, or at the TU Box Office at Kendall Hall or by calling 631-2567. Box office hours are 12 - 5 p.m.