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True Broadway Lives on with Anything Goes

Posted on: April 27, 2011

Today Broadway musicals seem to be less broadway and more “pop/rock”, Disney, and movies turned stage productions. Just take a look at the most popular shows on Broadway within the past 10 years. With shows like Rent, American Idiot, and Rock of Ages it is more like attending a rock concert rather than a broadway show. So what happened to the days when Broadway was BROADWAY?? Yes, we still have the Phantom of The Opera running, but if and when the day comes that this iconic show ends what will be left of true musical theater?

Last night I saw Anything Goes. It was SOOO refreshing to see a show that is true broadway (or maybe now what we refer to as “old-school broadway”). The original version of this show came out in 1934, with a number of revivals over the years, as well as two film versions. The music and lyrics are by Cole Porter, with songs like “Anything Goes”, “You’re On The Top”, and “I Get A Kick Out Of You”. The story is absolutely hilarious and takes place on an ocean liner bound from New York to London. On this ship is Billy Crocker (played by Collin Donnell), who is hiding out on the ship and in love with debutante Hope Harcourt, played by winner of NBC’s Grease: You’re The One That I Want, Laura Osnes. Hope is engaged to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh and the show revolves around Billy’s quest to win Hope’s love. Billy has the help of nightclub singer Reno Sweeny, played by the UH-MAZING Sutton Foster and Public Enemy #13 Moonface Martin, played by the equally as amazing and hilarious Joel Grey. Also in the show is Jessica D. Stone, as Erma, Hope’s mother.

I absolutely loved this show! The music was great, the story was hilarious, the acting was wonderful, and the tap-dancing numbers were unbelievable. I loved the beautiful harmonies in “There’ll Always Be A Lady Fair” sung by the quartet of sailors, but what made the show was Sutton Foster and Joel Grey. Their song “Friendship” together was great! Sutton Foster WILL be winning the Tony for her role in this show! If she doesn’t I’ll be shocked. She is a true triple-threat. Her acting is great, she dances with ease, but most of all her voice is absolutely amazing! I think the best singer on Broadway right now. Joel Grey is just hysterical. His mannerisms and timing made even the moments where he had no lines still equally as hilarious. He is the most loveable Public Enemy I’ve ever seen. I also must say that Jessica Stone was great as well! The thing I found disappointing was Jessica Walter. Her acting was good, but her singing was so-so.

While so many shows today are trying to go over the top (cough cough…Spiderman), Anything Goes shows you don’t need to try to push the boundaries with an overly technical, rock-based show, to have a quality piece of work. I highly recommend you see this show as soon as possible! I see many Tonys in this show’s future.

Chekout a preview of the show below!


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