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
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.