“I get no kick from champagne ee So tell me, why should it be true that I get a kick out of you?” You’ll be singing Cole Porter’s immortal words at the Evergreen Chorale’s latest production of “Anything Goes.” This high-stepping, side-splitting show is filled with undercover cops, unrequited loves and unbridled tap dancing. The production harkens to the days of classic Broadway, and you’re sure to get a kick out of it.
The story concerns madcap antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London. Billy Crocker (Gerry Tegeder) is a stowaway in love with heiress Hope Harcourt (Anne Dickert), who is engaged to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (Robert Dickert). Nightclub singer Reno Sweeney (Alissa Oatman-Tegeder) and Public Enemy No. 13 Moonface Martin (Gary Muse) aid Billy in his quest to win Hope.
You might notice a few similar last names in this cast of 30 actors. Two real-life couples play the four primary parts in the show. They are joined by a cast of experienced Chorale veterans, as well as a few new faces.
“Meg Glatthar is playing Bonnie, Moonface Martin’s sidekick,” says director Ben Coffey. “This is Meg’s first show with the Chorale. She’s been working in Denver theaters all her life, but this is the first time she’s worked with us. We’re lucky to have her; she’s an amazing dancer.”
The rest of the cast will be high-stepping it as well. Choreographer Sharon Wright has pulled together an evening of dips, twirls and taps.
“ ‘Anything Goes’ is definitely a challenging dance show,” says Coffey. “The cast has accepted the challenge head on. For example, Robert (Dickert) learned how to tap specifically for this show. The dancing is going to be phenomenal.”
No good dancing show is complete without great music. Cole Porter’s musicals never fail to impress, and “Anything Goes” is no exception. This show made famous such favorites as “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” “I Get a Kick Out of You” and “Anything Goes.” Music and artistic director Mike Wieker will conduct a live six-piece band.
On Sept. 19, the Chorale will host Afterglow, a special opening-night celebration. Afterglow is a complimentary champagne and appetizer reception after the opening night performance. It should be a fun ship’s christening ceremony on the night the production sets sail.
If you can’t make it to opening night, don’t fret. The Chorale will offer performances through Oct. 5 at Center/Stage.
“Anybody who loves classic song-and-dance theater will not be disappointed,” says Coffey. “It’s been several years since audiences have heard tap dancing at Center/Stage. And this production is a fun way to jump back into that.”
It should be de-lovely.
Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes”
Presented by the Evergreen Chorale Sept. 19-21, 26-28 and Oct 3-5. Performances at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays.
At Center/Stage Theatre, 27608 Fireweed Drive, Evergreen
Tickets: $19/adult; $17/students and seniors; $10/children under $12
For more information, call 303-674-4002 or visit www.evergreenchorale.org.