Wild, Wacky, Subversive ‘Anything Goes’ returns to its subversive roots

It’s 1934 and we’re going on a wild transatlantic cruise full of sex, booze, God, and gangsters. Welcome to the S.S. American, where anything can happen, and it usually does.

New Line Theatre, “the bad boy of musical theatre,” continues its 27th season of adult, alternative musical theatre, with Cole Porter’s satiric masterpiece ANYTHING GOES, running March 1-24, 2018, at, the Marcelle Theater, in the Grand Center Arts District.

Eileen Engel as Hope Harcourt, and Evan Fornachon as Billy Crocker, in New Line Theatre’s ANYTHING GOES. Photo credit: Jill Ritter Lindberg.

New Line returns this rowdy, naughty, subversive masterpiece of musical comedy to its wild, wacky roots, and its stinging satire of Americans’ habit of turning religion into show business and criminals into celebrities, along the way skewering Wall Street, Prohibition, the Brits, class, and several other ripe targets. The show is a masterful mashup of musical comedy, gangster movie, screwball comedy, and social satire, because even in terms of form, anything goes!

Cole Porter’s amazing score includes “You’re the Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “Let’s Misbehave,” “All Through the Night,” “It’s De-Lovely,” and many other Porter hits.

Despite its reputation as old-school fluff, Anything Goes is a whip-smart satire of America’s “cafe society” (the 1% of 1934), with the steamship S.S. American standing in for Shakespeare’s woods, a place with no rules where people find out who they really are and “correct” the mistakes they’ve made in the world of the City. Anything Goes fearlessly rips open the American psyche and spills it all out onto our stage.

The cast of New Line Theatre’s Anything Goes includes Sarah Porter (Reno Sweeney), Evan Fornachon (Billy Crocker), Eileen Engel (Hope Harcourt), Zachary Allen Farmer (Sir Evelyn Oakleigh), Aaron Allen (Moonface Martin), Sarah Gene Dowling (Bonnie), Kimmie Kidd-Booker (Mrs. Harcourt), Jeffrey M. Wright (Mr. Whitney), with Jason Blackburn, Dominic Dowdy-Windsor, Clayton Humburg, Will Pendergast, Michelle Sauer, Larissa White, Alyssa Wolf, and Sara Rae Womack. The show is directed by Scott Miller and Mike Dowdy-Windsor, with musical direction by Nicolas Valdez, choreography by Michelle Sauer and Sara Rae Womack, scenic and lighting design by Rob Lippert, costume design by Colene Fornachon, and sound design by Ryan Day.

Anything Goes contains some adult themes.




ANYTHING GOES runs March 1-24, 2018, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, all at 8:00 p.m., at the Marcelle Theater, 3310 Samuel Shepard Drive, three blocks east of Grand, in the Grand Center Arts District. March 1 is a preview. 

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students/seniors on Thursdays; and $25 for adults and $20 for students/seniors on Fridays and Saturdays. To charge tickets by phone, call MetroTix at 314-534-1111 or visit the Fox Theatre box office or the Metrotix website.  


HIGH SCHOOL DISCOUNT: Any high school student with a valid school ID can get a $10 ticket for any performance, with the code word posted only on New Line’s Facebook page

COLLEGE FREE SEATS: Ten free seats for every performance, open to any college student with a valid student ID.

EDUCATORS DISCOUNT: New Line offers all currently employed educators half price tickets on any Thursday night, with work ID or other proof of employment. 

MILITARY DISCOUNT: New Line offers all active duty military personnel half price tickets on any Thursday night, with ID or other proof of active duty status. 

All offers not valid in connection with other discounts or offers, available only at the door, and subject to availability.


New Line Theatre is a professional company dedicated to involving the people of the St. Louis region in the exploration and creation of daring, provocative, socially and politically relevant works of musical theatre. New Line was created back in 1991 at the vanguard of a new wave of nonprofit musical theatre just starting to take hold across the country. 

New Line has given birth to several world premiere musicals over the years and has brought back to life several shows that were not well served by their original New York productions. 

Altogether, New Line has produced 83 musicals since 1991, and the company has been given its own entry in the Cambridge Guide to American Theatre and the annual Theater World. New Line receives funding from the Regional Arts Commission and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

For other information, visit New Line Theatre’s full-service website at www.newlinetheatre.com. All programs are subject to change. New Line’s current season closes with Yeast Nation in June 2018.


The address of the Marcelle Theater is 3310 Samuel Shepard Drive (63103), 3 blocks east of Grand, in the Grand Center Arts District, just down the street from Powell Hall. The Marcelle is fully accessible. There is a lighted parking lot across the street from the theatre, and there is lots of free street parking. There is no dress code and there are refreshments available in the lobby, including alcohol.

NEED DIRECTIONS?Coming from the West
Take I-64/40 East, and take exit 37A for Market Street/Bernard Street. Continue on to Bernard Street, then take a slight left onto Market Street. Turn left onto S. Compton, go half a mile, then turn left onto Samuel Shepard Drive, and go one block.
OR… Take either I-44 or I-64/40 to Grand, go north on Grand into Grand Center, past the Fox, then turn right (at Powell Hall) on Samuel Shepard Drive and go three blocks.

Coming from the East
Take I-64/40 West into St. Louis, and take exit 38B for Market St 3000 West. Turn left onto Market Street, then right on S. Campton, then left onto Samuel Shepard.
OR… Take the McKinley Bridge, then take a slight right onto Salisbury Street, which bends a bit and turns into Parnell Street. Merge onto N. Jefferson, then turn right on Delmar, left on N. Leonard, then right onto Samuel Shepard Drive.

Coming from the North
Take I-170 South and I-70 East. Exit at Grand, and take a right on E. Grand Ave. which becomes N. Grand Blvd. Pass Delmar, and turn left at Samuel Shepard Drive, then go three blocks.

Coming from the South
Take I-55 North, then I-44 West. Take exit 288 for Grand Blvd/Louisiana Ave. Take a sharp right on Lafayette, then left on S. Compton. Go 1.6 miles, then turn left on Samuel Shepard Drive and go two blocks.
OR… When you get off the highway, turn left on Louisiana, then right on Grand. Pass under I-64/40, into Grand Center, and turn right on Samuel Shepard Drive.

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