Roundabout Theatre Company has announced that critically acclaimed Broadway actress Rachel York will star as "Reno Sweeney" in the national tour of the 2011 Tony® Award winning Anything Goes. Presented by Roundabout Theatre Company, the national tour will set sail in Cleveland this fall. Anything Goes is the winner of three Tony® Awards including Best Musical Revival.
Following its opening at Cleveland's PlayhouseSquare in October 2012, Roundabout Theatre Company's ANYTHING GOES will cruise into more than 25 other cities during the 2012/2013 season including Los Angeles, Tampa, Durham, Pittsburgh, St. Paul, Washington D.C., Costa Mesa and San Francisco. Additional cities and casting will be announced in the coming months. For more information, please visit www.anythinggoesthemusical.com.
"I have always been a great fan of Anything Goes. It's wonderful fun and perfectly constructed," said Ms. York. "I'm really looking forward to playing Reno Sweeney in this fabulous production by Kathleen Marshall and to share some of my favorite Cole Porter classics with the country."
"Our priority with the national tour of Anything Goes is to maintain the quality we currently have with the Broadway production," said Todd Haimes, Artistic Director of the Roundabout Theatre Company. "The role of 'Reno' must be played by a triple threat actress who can act, sing and dance. We are so happy to have Rachel York lead the company. Rachel will mesmerize audiences across the country with her outstanding performance."
Roundabout Theatre Company's Tony Award winning production of Anything Goes starring Stephanie J. Block & Joel Grey, directed & choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, is currently playing at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, NYC.
Rachel York is best known for her critically acclaimed Broadway performances in City of Angels, Les Misérables, Victor/Victoria (Drama Desk Award), The Scarlet Pimpernel, Sly Fox, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. She also turned heads on television with her courageous portrayal of Lucille Ball in the CBS movie, "Lucy."
On tour, Ms. York has created the role of Cruella de Vil in The 101 Dalmatians Musical; starred as Guenevere in Camelot (Carbonell Award) and portrayed Lilli Vanessi/Kate in Kiss Me, Kate (US and West End). Favorite regional productions include The King and I; The Game (a musical adaptation of Les Liaisons Dangereuses); Turn of the Century (Goodman Theatre, Chicago); Anything Goes (Los Angeles, Ovation nomination); Hello, Dolly! (Boston, IRNE Award); Into the Woods (Boston, IRNE Award); Spamalot; My One and Only; Ragtime; Evita; Summer of '42; Summer and Smoke; Crucifer of Blood; and The Odd Couple with Jason Alexander and Martin Short.
In concert, Ms. York's numerous appearances include performances with the National Symphony; the Pittsburgh Pops; the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony; the San Francisco Symphony; the Minnesota Orchestra; the Utah Symphony; the St. Louis Symphony; the San Diego Symphony; the Colorado Symphony Orchestra; the Israeli Opera; and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed her celebrated cabaret For the Love of It to rave reviews nationwide.
Ms. York's film credits include One Fine Day, Happy Feet, Billy Bathgate, Killer Instinct, Second Honeymoon, Au Pair II, and the CBS made for television movie, "Lucy." Her performances in Kiss Me, Kate (filmed for PBS's Great Performances series) and Victor/Victoria are available on video/DVD. Ms. York has also appeared on several popular TV series.