Tappy, happy and very funny as Any­thing Goes!

As Any­thing Goes sailed into the Wy­combe Swan Theatre, CAMILLA GOOD­MAN was de-lighted to be aboard

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AF­TER de­light­ing au­di­ences for 80 years, there is no risk of Cole Porter’s clas­sic mu­si­cal Any­thing Goes sink­ing any­time soon.

I was not familiar with the mu­si­cal or any of its songs be­fore I went to see it at the Wy­combe Swan Theatre on Tues­day, May 19 but I left the theatre with a big smile on my face hum­ming all of the show’s ex­cel­lent songs in­clud­ing Any­thing Goes, I Get a Kick Out of You and It’s De-Lovely.

Any­thing Goes was first per­formed in 1935 and it is still go­ing strong to­day thanks to its clever plot, bags full of hu­mour, daz­zling cos­tumes, stunning set, catchy songs and ex­tremely tal­ented cast of 26.

When Billy Crocker (Matt Rawie) ) dis­cov­ers that his heart’s de­sire, debu­tante heiress Hope Har­court (Zoe Rainey) is en­gaged to English aris­to­crat Lord Eve­lyn Oak­leigh (Stephen Matthews), he stows away aboard the S.S. Amer­i­can to win her back.

Also aboard is Moon­face Martin, played by Shaun Wil­liamson best known to mil­lions of tele­vi­sion view­ers as Barry Evans in EastEn­ders.

Shaun was cast bril­liantly as the lov­able gang­ster and had the au­di­ence in stitches with his witty one lin­ers and com­edy num­bers.

The star of the show was no doubt the in­cred­i­ble Deb­bie Ku­rup, who plays Reno Sweeney, who has an amaz­ing voice and got to wear the most gor­geous cos­tumes. She was a true joy to watch.

My favourite char­ac­ter in the show was Moon­face Martin’s part­ner in crime Erma, played by Alex Young, who sadly only had one num­ber in the show. While it was fan­tas­tic, I would have liked to have seen more of her.

An­other of my favourite char­ac­ters was Lord Eve­lyn Oak­leigh, played by Stephen Matthews, an ec­cen­tric wealthy English­man who never failed to leave a smile on my face ev­ery time he was on stage with his bril­liant com­edy. His char­ac­ter is a witty com­men­tary on how Amer­i­cans may have per­ceived the Bri­tish in the ‘30s.

I must also praise the show’s set and light­ing – very ef­fec­tive and the light­ing re­ally added a magic touch to the show.

The chore­og­ra­phy was also breath­tak­ing, es­pe­cially the spec­tac­u­lar tap danc­ing se­quence to Any­thing Goes which ends Act I. It made me want to rush out and im­me­di­ately learn to tap.

Over­all, Any­thing Goes is a must-see mag­nif­i­cent mu­si­cal that will en­ter­tain the whole fam­ily. I thor­oughly rec­om­mend go­ing to see the de-lovely Any­thing Goes when it next sails into a town near you.

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