‘Anything Goes’ opens July 14 at Lyric Arts

Staff Writer
Since 2013, I have primarily covered the Anoka-Hennepin and Spring Lake Park school districts as well as the city of Spring Lake Park for ABC Newspapers.

All aboard for Lyric Arts’ musical romp aboard the S.S. American, where “Anything Goes.”

“Anything Goes” plays at Lyric Arts Main Street Stage July 14 through Aug. 6. Photo courtesy of Amy Maloney, Lyric Arts
“Anything Goes” plays at Lyric Arts Main Street Stage July 14 through Aug. 6. Photo courtesy of Amy Maloney, Lyric Arts

Cole Porter’s 1934 musical masterpiece runs July 14 through Aug. 6, ending the theater’s 2016-2017 season with lots of laughs.

The show follows Billy Crocker, played by Ty Hudson, who falls in love upon first seeing Hope Harcourt, played by Beth Cassidy. One problem: She’s engaged to be married.

Billy makes it his mission to win Hope’s heart as they sail across the ocean.

He cannot do so without the aid of a gangster and a nightclub singer, who has feelings for him.

“It’s a classic Cole Porter musical,” said resident director Scott Ford. “The story is full of romance. It is fast, funny and effervescent.”

Mary Cay Stone returns as the show’s musical director.

“The score is amazing with so many songs that have stood the test of time,” she said. “It’s such a classic Broadway musical in every sense of the word.”

The show plays Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.

The performance July 16 will be interpreted in sign language. A post-show discussion is planned following the July 23 show.

Tickets range from $18-$32 and are available by calling 763-422-1838 or visiting www.lyricarts.org. Children under 4 will not be admitted.

Lyric Arts is located at 420 E. Main St., Anoka.

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