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Anything Goes at Wharton Center

By Robert Bao

  • Published: 08/27/2012
A shipboard scene from Anything Goes


You can say that “Anything Goes” in the 30th Anniversary Season at MSU’s Wharton Center for Performing Arts, as patrons will have a huge array of choices along with five Signature events to commemorate the anniversary. 

“The five Signature events represent the broad spectrum of Wharton’s diverse presenting history,” says Bob Hoffman, Wharton Center publicist.    

War Horse (Dec. 5-9), which is captivating audiences with its puppetry, is a Signature event in the Broadway series.  Also coming is Anything Goes (Oct. 16-21), winner of three 2011 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and Choreography.  The musical stars Rachel York and is currently undergoing smooth sailing on Broadway.  Three other musicals are based on motion pictures—the 2009 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Billy Elliot (Jan. 15-20), the comedy smash Sister Act (Feb. 12-17), and the incredible true story of Catch Me If You Can (Apr. 16-21).

This year’s special events include the popular Blue Man Group (Feb. 22-24) and Green Day’s American Idiot (Apr. 9-11).  World-renowned artists include nine-time Grammy Award winner Sheryl Crow (Signature event, Sep. 9), comedian Lily Tomlin (Sep. 16), influential jazz artist Sonny Rollins (Signature event, Oct. 7), diva Renée Fleming (Signature event, Feb. 27) and Conductor Keith Lockhart and Cellist Sophie Shao with the BBC Concert Orchestra (Jan. 31).  The final Signature event is the Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s Shakespeare’s Will (Nov. 29-Dec. 1).

The Wharton Center is offering subscribers discounts up to 30 percent.  For more information, visit or call 1-800-WHARTON.

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