Summer arrives early in the state capital with the opening of the
The musical, the updated, 2011
With this "Anything Goes" production, director Jerry Vess is marking his seventh Summer Garden directing assignment. At an "Anything Goes" rehearsal last week, Vess displayed his characteristic enthusiasm for his shows and for the cast.
"Everybody loves Cole Porter and all the songs in this show — including songs they didn't know they knew," Vess said. "I'm lucky to have a great cast, including Katie Gardner as Hope,
Ruth Capobianco serves as music director of this show.
The show debuted in 1934, and among its songs are "You're the Top," "I Get a Kick Out of You" and the title song.
It's a story of mismatched lovers Hope Harcourt and Lord Evelyn Oakleigh setting sail on the SS America, along with Wall Street assistant Billy Crocker. He loves Hope and is unaware that nightclub singer and part-time evangelist Reno Sweeney has romantic feelings for him. The show gains comic appeal when gangster Moonface Martin and his floozy sidekick adopt a series of disguises to avoid being apprehended by the ship's captain.
With music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Mars, "Avenue Q" tells the story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment on Avenue Q. He meets colorful characters who help him discover his purpose in life. Darnell Morris directs this ASGT show, and Josh Konick serves as music director.
"As children we were assured by our parents and TV shows like 'Sesame Street' that we were special and could do anything, but as adults we discovered to our dismay that we're no more special than anyone else," Morris said in a recent interview. " 'Avenue Q' offers 20- and 30-somethings an opportunity to take a break from adulthood and laugh."
The final show of the season, "Xanadu", is a
ASGT's version of "Xanadu," with updated dialogue, will be directed by Melissa Huston, who directed ASGT's hit production of "Buddy: The