The 2021 London production of Anything Goes, starring Sutton Foster in her West End debut, debuts on PBS stations around the country May 13 at 9 PM ET; check local listings. The live filming will also be available to stream via the PBS Video app and on PBS.org.
The broadcast launches Great Performances' fifth annual Broadway’s Best lineup, which continues May 20 with Jocelyn Bioh’s Merry Wives, recorded live from The Public's Delacorte; and May 27 with Keeping Company With Sondheim, a documentary spotlighting the current, Tony-nominated revival of Company, featuring new interviews with Tony winners Katrina Lenk and Patti LuPone and the late Stephen Sondheim.
The filmed recording of Anything Goes, which was screened in the U.K. in November 2021, was also seen on this side of the Atlantic in March in movie theatres. Get a sneak peek of the filmed production here.
Foster, who played her final London performance in the Cole Porter musical October 10, 2021, reprised her Tony-winning performance as Reno Sweeney in the production, which continued through November 6 with Rachel York as Reno. A second U.K. screening was held December 1, and a TV screening on BBC Two followed December 26.
Currently starring opposite Tony winner Hugh Jackman in the Broadway revival of The Music Man, Foster is joined in the filmed version of Anything Goes by Tony and Olivier winner Robert Lindsay as Moonface Martin, Felicity Kendal as Evangeline Harcourt, Gary Wilmot as Elisha Whitney, Samuel Edwards as Billy Crocker, Nicole-Lily Baisden as Hope Harcourt, Haydn Oakley as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh, and Carly Mercedes Dyer as Erm.
Tony winner Kathleen Marshall, who helmed the 2011 Broadway revival starring Foster, returned to direct and choreograph the West End revival. The Cole Porter musical, which began performances July 23 at the Barbican prior to an official opening August 4, will return to the London venue this summer.
The Barbican production also had set design by Derek McLane, costumes by Jon Morrell, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound design by Jonathan Deans, and music supervision by Stephen Ridley.