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August 6, 2013 > 'Anything Goes' sets sail in San Leandro

'Anything Goes' sets sail in San Leandro

Submitted By David Ojakian

This August Curtain Call Performing Arts (CCPA) presents the Broadway classic "Anything Goes" at the California Conservatory Theatre (CCT) in downtown San Leandro. Inside the intimate venue of CCT, audiences will "board" the S.S. American and "sail" along with the cast and musicians, complete with a boarding picture taken as they enter the theater. This delightful ocean-going musical with music and lyrics by Cole Porter and a book by the team of Guy Bolton, P.G. Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay, and Russell Crouse "docks" in the heart of the East Bay for a 14-show run, August 9 - 25.

The age-old tale of boy meets girl and the complications which ensue intrigue every audience, and no musical puts it on stage better than "Anything Goes." As the S.S. American heads out to sea, two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love, proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of sailors, an exotic disguise, a touch of blackmail, and some good old-fashioned musical comedy. Amid zany antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London, Billy Crocker is a stowaway in love with heiress Hope Harcourt, who is engaged to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Nightclub singer Reno Sweeney and Public Enemy #13 Moonface Martin, aid Billy in his quest to win Hope. The amusing story is wrapped around one of Cole Porter's magical scores, including the Broadway classics "It's De-Lovely," "Friendship," "I Get A Kick Out Of You," and "Anything Goes" to name a few.

Curtain Call, whose steampunked summer 2012 production of "Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella" was nominated for 10 San Francisco regional awards including Best Musical and called "...a must see theatrical event..." by the site's own Linda Hodges, is excited to present their latest summer main stage musical. As a successful fourth season nears a close and with a growing following, revitalized intimate theatre venue, and milestone fifth season approaching, Curtain Call is ready to delight audiences with a vibrant production of "Anything Goes."

"This show is a ton of fun. We are proud of all the hard work our cast and crew have put in over the past few months, and audiences are going to love the experience. They will really feel like they are 'sailing' with the cast and musicians in the intimate space. It's a unique way to see this Broadway favorite," said Andrea Gorham, CCPA Founding Artistic Director.

"Anything Goes" is directed by Jon Rosen, with choreography by Marissa Ganz, music and vocal direction by David Manley, and stars Celia Jones as Reno Sweeney, Ivan Hardin as Billy Crocker, Allie Reardon as Hope Harcourt, Scott Alexander as Moonface Martin, Gregory Lynch as Evelyn Oakleigh, Hanna Schultheis-Gerry as Bonnie, and Martie Muldoon as Mrs. Harcourt.

The show runs August 9 - 25 at the California Conservatory Theatre. Tickets are $25 adult general admission and $22 for student/senior. A special, web-only deal is available for opening weekend; take $10 off the general admission price ($25) by entering coupon code "AnythingGoes" at check out. Offer good August 9 - 11. For tickets and information, visit or call (510) 909-9516.

Anything Goes
Aug 9 - 25
8 p.m. (2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees)
California Conservatory Theatre
999 East 14th St., San Leandro
(510) 909-9516
Tickets: $22 - $25

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