It's been almost 25 years since Anything Goes was last on Broadway. I saw that production twice and had just as much fun then as I did yesterday. However, Kathleen Marshall who directed and choreographed this production, has upped the ante and turned this production into one with infectious dance numbers. When you have an actress who can dance in the lead part of Reno Sweeney, it is easy to create dance numbers that are built around her talents instead of ones that have to be created to hide your star's lack of dancing skills. Let's just say that as much as I loved Patti LuPone's take on Reno Sweeney in the 1987 revival, LuPone didn't dance much at all in that show. Foster is like a firecracker in this show, not just with her dancing and singing but with her comical deliver of her dialogue as well. I have to believe she will be taking home a Tony in just a few weeks.
|Joel Grey and Sutton Foster|
|Adam Godley, Laura Osnes, Jessica Walter,|
John McMartin and Colin Donnell
|Colin Donnell and Sutton Foster|
Anything Goes is playing at the newly renamed Stephen Sondheim Theatre. This recently rebuilt theatre is a beautiful new space that was built from the former Henry Miller's Theatre. It is a very interesting theater in that you enter from the street level at the rear mezzanine level and have to go two flights underground to get to the orchestra section. Fortunately, even though it is only a little over a year old, the seats aren't packed together as there is plenty of leg room, unlike many other Broadway theaters which when they are remodeled seem to pack in more seats and eliminate comfort.
|Sutton Foster, the cast and the amazing set.|
Official Web Site
Amazon link for the 1987 Broadway revival cd - Anything Goes
Amazon link for the 1962 revival cd - Anything Goes (1962 Off-Broadway Cast)
Highlights from the current revival -
Foster and Donnell sing "You're the Top" -
"Anything Goes" -
Rehearsal of "Anything Goes" -