SOUTH PORTLAND – The Portland Players’ production of “Anything Goes” opens Friday, Jan. 23, at the Players’ Theatre, 420 Cottage Road.

The musical, which has memorable music and lyrics by Cole Porter, is being directed by the team of Ron Trell, Sonny Googins and David Goulet. It’s based on a book by Guy Bolton, P. G. Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse.

This zany comedy includes songs such as “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” “All Through the Night,” “I Get a Kick Out of You” and “Let’s Misbehave.”

The performances will run through Sunday, Feb. 8. The

Performance Times: Fri. and Sat. at 8:00 P.M.; Sun. matinees at 2:30 P.M.

Special Performance: Sat., Feb. 7 (matinee) at 2:30 P.M. with proceeds benefiting The Joe Thomas Memorial Scholarship Fund.

This musical had its beginnings during the Great Depression, when audiences needed an excuse to laugh and tap feet. Porter’s tunes and lyrics perfectly compliment the sassy situations that abound as a star-crossed cast boards the ocean liner “American.”

Crossing from New York to England is a farcical cast of characters that includes the hero, Billy Crocker, a general manager to Elisha Whitney, a Wall Street wheeler-dealer. Although Billy wasn’t scheduled to sail, he meets up with Hope Harcourt, with whom he has spent a romantic evening on a previous occasion. She’s engaged to Sir Evelyn Oakleigh, a buffoon of an English lord whom Hope’s mother thinks suitably “upper-class” for her daughter.

When Billy sees Hope, he decides to sail by any means possible. The “means” are provided by a petty crook, “Moonface” Martin. His colleague, Snake Eyes Johnson, Public Enemy No. 1, has missed the boat but his moll, Bonnie, urges Billy to masquerade as the missing hoodlum.

Adding to this mix-up are Reno Sweeney, the toast of New York’s cabaret scene, and her “angels,” Purity, Virtue and Chastity.

Tickets: $17, with a $2 discount for students and seniors. Opening night tickets: $14. Tickets for Sunday, Jan. 25, for students through high school will be $5. For reservations, call 799-7337 Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or 90 minutes prior to curtain time. FMI: go online to www.portlandplayers.org.


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