"Reno Sweeney is a nightclub singer and evangelist, which is a little contradictory," says actress Emma Stratton who'll play the character in the upcoming Broadway at the Hobby Center production of Anything Goes featuring music and lyrics by Cole Porter at the Hobby Center.
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The recent graduate of Penn State (where she majored in musical theater) knows she's gotten a big chance to go out on the road with a national tour. The 2001 revival version put together by Broadway director-choreographer Kathleen Marshall,was the winner of three 2011 Tony Awards® including best musical revival.
A comedy with everyone on board an ocean liner going from New York to London, boasts all sorts of romantic adventures and misdirection along the way. Stratton says her character is "very sexy, very sassy, and is also looking for love. She's true to herself and kind of the life of the party."
A plus is all the great music, including the songs "Anything Goes", "You're the Top", and "I Get a Kick Out of You." Stratton says she won't be surprised if anyone sings along. "I hope they do especially at the end. It'd be kind of cool as long as it's not too loud." Stratton,who grew up in San Diego, said her parents are coming over for the Houston opener to see their daughter singing and tapping her heart out along with the rest of the cast. Maybe they'll be singing, too.
Anything Goes runs from October 14-19 at the Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For information call 713-315-2400 or visit thehobbycenter.org. $30-$95.