A timeless favorite is set to take the stage beginning this week at Folsom’s Sutter Street Theatre this week. “Anything Goes,” the beloved musical comedy by Cole Porter, is set to take center stage it the Historic Folsom venue in a local production directed by Kenny Brian Gagni.

Anything Goes will run from April 12th through May 12th, 2024, as the Sutter Street Theatre presents the longtime story with an updated twist. This rendition features the 2022 revision, showcasing Porter’s unforgettable music and lyrics, coupled with a fresh take on the book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman.

According to the playbill, audiences will be transported aboard the S.S. American, a transatlantic voyage filled with laughter, romance, and hijinks aplenty. Set against the backdrop of a ship traveling between New York and England, the plot follows a delightful cast of characters whose paths intertwine in unexpected ways.

At the heart of the story is Reno Sweeney, portrayed by a charismatic nightclub singer and former evangelist, navigating her own romantic entanglements while dispensing wisdom and wit. Joining her is the lovelorn Wall Street broker, Billy Crocker, portrayed with charm and determination as he vies for the affections of his beloved Hope Harcourt, who is engaged to another passenger, Sir Evelyn Oakleigh.

Adding to the merry mix is Moonface Martin, aka “Public Enemy #13,” a second-rate con man with a heart of gold, portrayed with gusto by a talented ensemble member. Together, Reno and Moonface concoct a scheme to help Billy win the love of his life, leading to a series of comedic misadventures and toe-tapping musical numbers.

With Connie Mockenhaupt at the helm of music direction and choreography, audiences can expect plenty of enjoyable song and dance sequences that will leave them humming long after the final curtain call. “Anything Goes” promises a night of fun entertainment for the perfect outing in Folsom’s Historic District.

Rated G for general audiences, this production of “Anything Goes” invites theatergoers of all ages to come aboard for an evening of joy and escapism. Performances will take place on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, with Sunday matinees at 4:30 pm.

Sutter Street Theatre is located at 717 Sutter Street. The popular community theatre venue is nestled in the heart of Folsom’s Historic District. Tickets and more information for all shows can be found at www.sutterstreettheatre.com or by calling the box office at (916) 353-1001.

Sutter Street Theatre provides the perfect setting for a “night out,” where you can enjoy an afternoon of shopping at the many stores on and around Sutter Street, enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants, and partake in grabbing a sweet treat or cocktails nearby following a night of entertainment. Learn more about Historic Folsom at www.historicfolsom.org.

Above photo: Back row, left to right is Haley McDaniel, Madison Grandlund, Mike Jimena. Front row, left to right,Daniel Kim, Emi Madsen, Tom Roy. 

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