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Alan Jones takes on surprising new role, and not everyone is impressed

Friday 05 September, 2014

Alan Jones has signed up to star in the Cole Porter theatre show Anything Goes, but not everyone is impressed.

A long-time patron of the arts and advocate of all things theatre, Jones regularly passionately discusses theatre on his breakfast show on Sydney's 2GB and some see his decision to take on the role of the captain on the good ship Anything Goes as a little hypercritical, considering past "rantings" such as the one aimed at Opera Australia then-CEO Adrian Collette in 2008 who he accused of "abandoning some of the greatest artists".

Jason Whittaker, writing for Crikey, feels that's exactly what has happened to include Jones in the cast. He writes:

"So what would Alan make of this: next year the company is presenting a Cole Porter musical with no operatic parts, and for one role has passed over numerous experienced performers to employ a multimillionaire bigoted radio shock jock who can’t sing or act.

Co-producer of the show, John Frost, has defended his decision to cast the shock jock, saying, "There was only one man I really wanted to play this role. I thought this guy will be absolutely perfect.”

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