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"Anything Goes' at the Show Palace

Published Aug. 28, 2005

Hot on the heels of the Cole Porter biopic De-Lovely, the Show Palace Dinner Theatre opens Porter's Broadway hit Anything Goes on Friday.

It stars two of the leads from the Show Palace's January production of Chicago: Katie Kerwin (Velma Kelly) as Reno Sweeney and Matthew McGee (Mary Sunshine) as the snobby Lord Evelyn Oakleigh.

In Anything Goes, evangelist-turned-nightclub singer Sweeney and her singing Angels board the S.S. American bound for England. Also aboard are Oakleigh; Hope Harcourt (Lynetta Ivey), whose snobby mom wants her to marry Oakleigh; and Bishop Henry Dobson (R. Matthew Ruley) and his two Chinese converts, Ching (Danny Brijbag) and Ling (S. DelBeato).

Young Billy Crocker (Gregory D. Stockbridge) has come aboard to drop off his boss' passport but stows away in hopes of wooing Hope away from Oakleigh.

The collection of characters is rounded out by Moonface Martin (Candler Budd), who is Public Enemy No. 13, with ambitions to move up to, say, No. 11, because 13 hasn't been his lucky number.

Then begins a series of mistaken identities, disguises and romances. But most important are those Porter tunes: I Get a Kick Out of You; Blow, Gabriel, Blow; It's De-Lovely, and Friendship, to name a few.

Pictured above are Budd, left, as Moonface Martin and Stockbridge, right, as Billy Crocker. Surounding them are the singing Angels.

Anything Goes, Friday through Nov. 20 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday and 1:30 p.m. most Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays starting Oct. 13. Dinner and show, $39.50; show only, $28.45; 12 and younger, $21.95 and $16.95, all plus tax and tip. Call (727) 863-7949 in west Pasco County; toll-free elsewhere 1-888-655-7469.

_ BARBARA L. FREDRICKSEN, Times staff writer