REVIEW: Anything Goes at Weston-super-Mare Playhouse, 3/5, by Gerry Parker
ANYTHING Goes may be the title of this show. But with a score full of terrific Cole Porter standards, and some of the cleverest lyrics to be found in any popular songs, you cannot afford to take that attitude when it comes to presenting this reworking of one of the best musicals of the 1930s.
I Get A Kick Out Of You, a number bubbling over with wonderful lyrics, opened and closed the show.
There was no questioning the commitment of those involved in this production.
But not everyone was as confident as Leah Farmer, who followed in the footsteps of the legendary Ethel Merman as Reno Sweeney.
There were places where the action and gags did not flow as readily as they should have.
But as those moments tighten up during the week, and more energy goes into some of the numbers, Owen James' well-presented production – which certainly does not believe that anything goes – will move up a gear.
The love interest was safe in the hands of Tessa Robinson, turned out beautifully as debutante Hope Harcourt, and Rob Tilke as her besotted boyfriend Billy Crocker.
Andy Heaven and Jackie Hart led the comedy charge as the hapless gangster Moonface Martin and his moll Erma, but found Ed Creswick's wonderful Lord Oakleigh and Les Morley's ever-inebriated businessman Elisha J Whitney snapping at their heels all the way in the laughter stakes.
If you like tuneful music with sophisticated, brilliantly-written lyrics, then this is the show for you.