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Proposal Anything Goes

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About You

Name: Christopher Licata E-mail:Cmlicata@gwmail.gwu.edu

Graduation Year: 2015 Phone number :718-916-8940

Theatrical experience (outside FPP):

West Side Story (Lead)-Tony

Anything Goes (Lead)-Billy Crocker

Pippen (Lead)-Pippen

2003 Imperial Theatre Production of Les Miserables (Ensemble)

"13" (Ensemble)

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Supporting Role)- Levi

Cats (Lead) (Make-up Design)-Munkustrap

Mary Poppins (Lead)-Bert

What FPP shows have you participated in?

Spring Awakening (Lead)-Melchior

FPP Musical Cabaret (2 Numbers) (Nothing Suits Me Like a Suit and Hercules)

How did you find out about us?

I found out about you guys through theatre kids around campus and Rocky ofcourse

About the Show

Name: Anything Goes

Author: Music/Lyrics by Cole Porter Original book by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse, later heavily revised by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse

Type of play: Musical

Number of characters (Include male/female breakdown. If this is a musical, include vocal ranges for each part)

There will be NO MALE OR FEMALE DANCERS/SINGERS.

Since most of the actors will be double casted, especially those in both the male and female quartet I forsee a cast between 18-19 boys and girls total.

There will be someone who will play only the captain and no one else

All the quartet members will double as passengers as well.

*SEE ATTACHED DOCUMENT*

I didn't have time to mark up the document but I'm just going to send it and all you need to know is above.

Setting:

Have you ever done this show before?

Yes!!! And it was awesome!!!

Why did you choose this show?

Because it has a bigger cast than what we are used to in FPP. It gives more people who audition the opportunity to be a part of the show. Also it has all the spectacle that really surrounds classic musical theatre and I believe that it can be amazing.

What is your artistic vision/concept for this show?

(i.e., Do you want it to be fun? Dark? Thought-provoking? A learning experience? Overall, what do you want the audience to come away with after they see it?)

I originally did this musical with an actors studio in NYC and it was one of the best experiences that I have ever had, because of the challenge of the show itself. I was really drawn to the jazzy feel of the music, how challenging the choreography was, and the acting. The way that these three elements interplay creates the spectacle that is Anything Goes.

Musicals can fit into many categories based on how they are written and how the lyrics are incorporated into the work. Anything Goes is not any different. It is an integrated musical, meaning the book and lyrics are the driving force of the plot. Anything Goes is a perfect example of this because the songs always have a point. It also helps that Reno is a nightclub singer. When she first sees Billy, she belt out "I Get A Kick Out of You" to make him feel better about himself. Even as people board the ship, they sing "Bon Voyage." None of the songs are unnecessary. In pure Cole Porter fashion, most are campy and light. The whole theme for the musical is basically anything can go. The song "Anything Goes" has the line 'In olden days a glimpse of stocking/Was looked on as something shocking' and compared to the many love affairs, anything does go. While the musical is nothing remarkable for its genre, it all fits together. Most of the time, other Porter songs (De-Lovely) are sung in some productions, but it does not take away anything.

I want it to be a fun, comedic, musical that makes the audience say ''WOW!!! THEY SOUND AWESOME!!! DID THEY REALLY JUST DO THAT!!!'' and also I want people to bopping to the jazzy feel of the orchestra.

I love this show and I know you will love it too!!!

Technical Requirements

Will this play work in Lisner Downstage or the West Hall Theatre?

(Please specify your preference)

It can only be done in the West Hall Blackbox

Set: My set design, which is attached, is a two level set design wtih moveable doublesided flats that will move out and act as separate scenes within the show. The scenes in this show take place inside the ship and on its upper deck. For example, during ''The crew song'' Elisha Whitney is trying to seduce Mrs. Harcourt (over the phone) and in order to stage that, one of the flats (which have a different designs on each side to portray different things) that help conceal the greenroom entrances would get

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