Review: Set sail for a madcap journey into a world where Anything Goes!

ON TOUR Anything Goes. Photograph by Johan Persson
ON TOUR Anything Goes. Photograph by Johan Persson

Cole Porter’s Anything Goes opened on Broadway in 1934 – and more than 70 years on its still got the perfect combination of toe-tapping tunes, dazzling dance numbers and wonderful wisecracks to delight audiences.

Wall Street broker Billy Crocker soons finds himself caught up in a series of farcical situations when he stows away on a luxury cruise ship in pursuit of his sweetheart, heiress Hope Harcourt.

Throw in Billy’s wealthy boss, the English aristocrat Hope is to marry, her well-to-do mother, a nightclub singer, a gangster and plenty of other larger-than-life characters and the stage is set for a night of madcap entertainment.

Debbie Kurup shines as sassy nightclub star Reno Sweeney, combining fantastic vocals, tap dancing and comic delivery that more than justify her leading role. Her duets with Matt Rawle (Billy) and Hugh Sachs (Moonface Martin) were great fun to watch, but the show really hits its stride when she leads the cast in a showstopping performance of Anything Goes.

Other highlights included Sachs’ rendition of Be Like The Blue Bird and Stephen Matthews’ side-splitting The Gypsy in Me, which topped off a fantastic comic performance and undoubtedly earned the biggest laughs of the night.

For fans of classic stage musicals, this really is a show that’s not to be missed.