Be ready to get on board as the hilarious Helpmann Award winning musical Anything Goes officially opens tonight (Tuesday 28 July) at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC).

The new John Frost/Opera Australia production of Anything Goes was presented with three Helpmann Awards during last night’s star-studded awards ceremony at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre hosted by Todd McKenney. Caroline O’Connor won Best Female Actor in a Musical, Alex Rathgeber won Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical, and Andrew Hallsworth won Best Choreography in a Musical.

Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini AM and leading Australian theatre producer John Frost AM were thrilled. “We are extremely proud of Anything Goes, and very happy for this well-deserved recognition for Caroline, Alex and Andrew,” they said. “The show was acclaimed by critics and audiences alike in Melbourne, and we can’t wait to open to Brisbane audiences tonight.”

The Age gave Anything Goes four stars, saying “Riotously entertaining. Anything Goes is a must-see for musical theatre fans … Caroline O’Connor thrills as Reno Sweeney… she delivers everything you could want – a big, bold, brassy performance full of vocal splendour, impeccable comic timing, and show-stopping tap routines danced with dynamic flair.” The Herald Sun, also awarding four stars, claimed the show is “Stylish… exuberant… Anything Goes is still De-lightful, De-licious and De-lovely.” The Australian cried, “Goodness knows, Anything’s pure gold … A joyously energized production.”

Caroline O’Connor leads the Anything Goes cast as evangelist turned nightclub singer Reno Sweeney; Todd McKenney plays Lord Evelyn Oakleigh; Alex Rathgeber is young Wall Street broker Billy Crocker; Claire Lyon is American debutante Hope Harcourt, and Carmen Duncan in her musical theatre debut plays Evangeline Harcourt; Wayne Scott Kermond is second-rate gangster Moonface Martin; Debora Krizak is Moonface’s girlfriend Erma; Bartholomew John is Wall Street banker Elisha J. Whitney; while Gerry Connolly plays the Captain of the S.S. American.

For decades, Anything Goes has captivated millions with its delightful story of madcap antics aboard the S.S. American. When the ocean liner embarks from New York to London, etiquette and convention get tossed out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to find true love… proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail.

This dazzling musical celebration, described by Ben Brantley of The New York Times as “a deluxe candy box of Cole Porter’s best songs”, features a hilarious tale of topsy-turvy relationships, mistaken identities and foiled plots, peppered with some of musical theatre’s most memorable standards including You’re The Top, De-Lovely, I Get A Kick Out Of You and of course the title song, Anything Goes.

Winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival and Choreography during its most recent Broadway run, Anything Goes is a stunning nautical favourite. This is a first-class musical.

Don’t miss Anything Goes in a strictly limited season at QPAC playing until Sunday 16 August 2015. To book go to qpac.com.au or phone 136 246.

Opera Australia and John Frost present:

Anything Goes

When: From 25 July 2015 to 16 August 2015

Where: Lyric Theatre, QPAC, Cultural Precinct, South Bank, Brisbane

Tickets: Refer to qpac website for current pricing

Bookings: qpac.com.au or phone 136 246

More information available at www.anythinggoesmusical.com.au

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