Anything Goes is ‘well-worth catching’ before touring production returns to London

Anything Goes is ‘well-worth catching’ before touring production returns to London

by Henry James (April 2022)

THE musical Anything Goes is currently at the Liverpool Empire after a sold-out run in the West End.

The score by Cole Porter has some toe-tapping tunes, such as: I Get A Kick Out of You, You’re the Top and of course Anything Goes.

Mark Aspinall is the musical director and the big orchestra does justice to the music. The tunes are from the 1930s but they are timeless.

The touring production has household names, including Simon Callow as Elisha Whitney and Bonnie Langford as Evangeline Harcourt.

Audiences will also recognise Denis Lawson as Moonface Martin. Lawson has appeared in numerous TV shows including Death in Paradise and Holby City.

The standout performer of this show is without doubt though Kerry Ellis as Reno Sweeney. Ellis is a leading lady of the West End and Broadway.

She is at her best in the big numbers of the show. She closes Act One with aplomb when she leads the singing and dancing of Anything Goes.

Also well cast is Samuel Edwards as Billy Crocker, Nicole-Lily Baisden as Hope Harcourt, Carly Mercedes Dyer as Erma and Haydn Oakley as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh.

The sets are also impressive and use the full width of the extensive Liverpool Empire stage. No expense has been spared in this touring production. The majority of action in the show takes place on board an ocean liner which is travelling from America to this country.

This musical is well-worth catching before it returns to the Barbican theatre in London for a seven-week run. 9/10

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