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Rachel York's Taptastic Star Turn in the Anything Goes Tour Is a 'Wonderful Escape'

Rachel York's Taptastic Star Turn in the Anything Goes Tour Is a 'Wonderful Escape'
Rachel York in the national tour of 'Anything Goes'
'It’s a wonderful escape into the romanticism of yesteryear.'

As the “sassy and fun” Reno Sweeney in the national tour of Anything Goes, Broadway vet Rachel York tap dances up a storm during Cole Porter’s title number. The challenging choreography isn’t fazing the actress in the least; she even believes her year-and-a-half-old daughter might be hoofing it with her one day on stage.

“My daughter is going to learn to tap dance from some of the greatest tap dancers in the business,” York said about her co-stars' influence on her young child. “She is going to say years from now, ‘I learned how to tap dance from Broadway’s greatest tap dancers,’ and it’s true. People are in for such a treat with this show.”

Learning Reno’s moves and donning her glamorous 1930s costumes has made York fall in love with the era. “I think I was born too late. I was meant to live in the 1930s and 40s. It just suits me,” York said. “It’s nice that I can transport myself back in time and wear all those costumes and sing these wonderful Cole Porter songs. I get to live in this beautiful MGM musical for two and a half hours."

The musical comedy, which plays Tempe’s ASU Gammage from November 13 through November 18, tells the story of the passengers aboard a luxury cruise ship. The show features high-seas hijinks as well as the beloved numbers, “I Get A Kick Out of You,” “You’re The Top,” “Friendship,” and “De-Lovely.”

“It’s a wonderful escape into the romanticism of yesteryear,” York said of the Tony-winning production. “It has everything that the classic Hollywood and Broadway musicals have, that make us forget about our troubles and walk out of the theater smiling and happy.”