Running since March 2011 Drama Desk nominee Stephanie J. Block and Tony Award winner Joel Grey star in Cole Porter's musical comedy classic, an old school singing and tapping extravaganza directed and choreographed by 3-time Tony-winner Kathleen Marshall. Winner of 3 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. Closes July 8th.
The Broadway production of Anything Goes closed July 8, 2012. For current Broadway show listings and tickets, please click here.
According to press notes, "when the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention head out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love. Peppering this hilariously bumpy ride across the Atlantic are some of musical theater's most memorable standards, including 'I Get a Kick out of You,' 'You're the Top,' 'It's De-lovely,' and of course, 'Anything Goes.'"
Ethel Merman starred in the original (1934) production of this show. One can only imagine Miss Merman shaking the rafters with Reno Sweeney's Act 2 show-stopper 'Blow, Gabriel, Blow' - just as Patti LuPone did in the successful 1987 revival. Sutton Foster (featured in the clip below but no longer in the production) put her own stamp on the role, winning her second Tony Award in the process.
Joel Grey, still cute as a button at age 78, will probably always be best remembered as the Master of Ceremonies in the Broadway and film versions of "Cabaret." Here he is miscast as Moonface Martin (aka "Public Enemy #13"), the role that earned the wonderful Bill McCutcheon a Tony in 1987, but acquits himself admirably nonetheless.
Unlike some recent revivals, this one does not aspire to pare down the original. That's a good call, because "Anything Goes" needs to be big - lotsa sailors, lotsa gals dressed in lotsa silk and satin, lotsa tap shoes in those ensemble numbers. And this production has all that - plus an excellent cast led by the indefatigable Sutton Foster. She's backed up by a mostly terrific supporting cast. Happily, the real star here is Cole Porter and his wonderful music and lyrics.
Buoyantly directed by Kathleen Marshall, and with a supercharged star performance by Sutton Foster, the show about high jinks on the high seas glides merrily along, punctuated by Cole Porter's exquisite songs. The story retains the lightweight period frivolity. But it has a smart, modern pace and attitude. And delivered by a cast of very gifted comic performers, material that in other circumstances might have seemed aged becomes irresistibly funny.
[Foster] taps, mugs, swings, sways and sings her way through Cole Porter's 1934 trove of musical gems and vaudeville foolishness with dazzle and relish. Yet this appealing performer generated more heat being wooed [in previous productions] than she does here. Foster seems uncharacteristically out of sync both physically and vocally with her partners. The sexlessness may be the result of Kathleen Marshall's generic choreography. [The] re-revised book turns the silly original into a dopey groaner. Fortunately, they couldn't harm a score that also includes "You're the Top," "It's De-lovely" and "Friendship."
New York Daily News
The new production is as cool and intoxicating as a fresh ocean breeze. Foster lets loose the brassy dame lurking behind her wholesome prettiness. While she's at it, she belts, waltzes, taps, clowns and sizzles, and makes "You're the Top" and "I Get a Kick Out of You" sound delicious. Foster lifts the show and the audience to musical-comedy bliss. Three words: She's the top. Her castmates are right with her. Wrapped around all the shipboard shenanigans is a swell-looking production. It's great to see a director coax out the best in a vintage show. Book passage on "Anything Goes," and you'll be traveling first-class.
New York Magazine
This show ain't broke, and [Marshall] clearly has no urge to try fixing it. There isn't anything in "Anything Goes" that couldn't have been executed seventysomething years ago with the same grace and facility, and for any lover of live musical theater, that's enormously encouraging. Massive tri-level tap formations, old fashioned vaudeville bawdry, and daffy costume-switches still do the trick, and songs like "You're the Top," "It's De-lovely," and "I Get a Kick out of You"-sung by talents the size of Sutton Foster and Joel Grey - still send little meteoric thrills streaking across our field of vision for days to come.
New York Post
Kathleen Marshall's revival for the Roundabout is like one of those old Hollywood movies with Bette Davis as a frumpy schoolteacher: You don't really buy it, but the star's still fun to watch. It certainly helps that this tuner is packed with great numbers. Marshall struggles with the farcical tempo, and many bits of comic business fall flat. Fortunately, some supporting performances sparkle.
New York Times
Ms. Marshall and her singing dancers and comic actors are here not to make sense of the world but to help us forget it for a couple of hours. So be willing to suspend your need for logic and your intolerance for groaning jokes. Ms. Marshall is on top again here. This "Anything Goes" exudes the effervescence of a freshly poured gin fizz. There's no underestimating the abiding infectiousness of Porter's best songs. Ms. Foster's triple mastery of words, music and moves is unmatched by any performer on Broadway at the moment. Her pleasure in her material creates a sheen that illuminates everyone around her.
Foster sings efficiently and is, as usual, vivacious and likable. She also dances circles around her predecessors - an asset that Marshall cannily exploits in her exuberant production numbers. But Foster fails to project something more crucial to Reno: a sense of been there, done that - and underneath it, of frustrated longing. The star can seem like an earnest maiden masquerading as a jaded vamp. To her credit, and the audience's benefit, Foster apparently has a grand time in the process. So do her co-stars. Despite a leading lady who isn't a natural fit - and to some extent, because of her joyful commitment - "Anything Goes" offers its share of delightful, de-lovely moments.
Sutton Foster doesn't just deliver those Cole Porter hits, she knocks 'em out of the park. Joel Grey gives his happiest performance in years as Public Enemy #13, and director-choreographer Kathleen Marshall has a field day, outdoing herself with several rousing dance numbers. This new "Anything Goes" is a daffy, shipshape romp. Marshall deftly handles the vintage corn of the book while conjuring joyous routines for Foster and a fine dance corps.
Wall Street Journal
Ms. Foster isn't a naturally brassy dame, and there are times when it feels as though she's playing dress-up. Yet her singing is so lustrous and vibrant that you'll be glad to go along with the gag. Ms. Marshall takes a while to get going, perhaps because the book is stale. Not until the title song, which wraps up the first act, do her dances catch fire. From that moment on, "Anything Goes" flies through the air with absolute assurance. It helps that most of the supporting roles are played with lip-smacking gusto.
June 28, 2012
This is a great revival. The female star is a particular standout in the eager-to-please cast. The set, the direction, the score were all just wonderful. You'll go dancing out the theater after this one!
June 22, 2012
Very enjoyable ,well acted, and the singing and dancing were great.
June 20, 2012
I TOOK MY MOTHER FOR HER 80TH BIRTHDAY. OUR SEATS WERE ON THE 6TH ROW, RIGHT OF STAGE. THE SHOW WAS 'FABULOUS'. HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT. ENTERTAINMENT LINK WORKED GREAT; OUR TICKETS WERE WAITING FOR US AT WILL CALL