Mullally, best known for her Emmy Award winning turn as Karen Walker in the hit tv series Will & Grace, will make her West End debut as Reno Sweeney. No slouch to live performances, she has appeared on Broadway in revivals of Grease, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying (opposite Matthew Broderick), and Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein.
Tony, Olivier and BAFTA winner Robert Lindsay will play Moonface Martin. The RADA alum’s many stage credits include fun musical comedies such as Dirty Scoundrels and Me And My Girl to dramatic performances in Shakespeare’s Richard III, Joe Orten’s The Entertainer, The Lion in Winter, Moliere’s Cyrano De Bergerac and more recently Prism.
Cole Porter and PG Wodehouse’s hit musical comedy is set on the SS Americana and follows two pairings that try to find love on the high seas. It features classic numbers such as “I Get A Kick Out of You”, “You’re the Top”, “It’s De- Lovely!” and “Anything Goes”.
The production will be directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall whose 2011 Broadway revival was nominated for 9 Tony Awards winning for Best Revival and Best Choreograpy.
Joining her on the creative team will be set designer Derek McLane, lighting designer Neil Austin, sound designer Simon Baker and musical supervisor Stephen Ridley.
Megan Mullally said: “Anything really does go, is the thing, and I’m excited to be coming to London where Robert Lindsay and I will promptly unleash ourselves upon that wonderful town for 15 weeks of farce and frolic. Under the tutelage of the devilishly clever Kathleen Marshall we shall endeavour to do the memory of Cole Porter proud.”
Robert Lindsay added: “I am so looking forward to returning to the stage in the medium I love – musical comedy. And what better than Kathleen Marshall’s revival of Anything Goes at the wonderful Barbican Theatre. The perfect remedy to shake off the blues of 2020.”
Full casting to be announced shortly.
Anything Goes will run from 8 May 2020 until 22 August 2021 at the Barbican Theatre, London.