Monday, March 7, 2016

theatre review - ANYTHING GOES - Hale Centre Theatre - March 2, 2016

the cast of Anything Goes
Photo by Nick Woodward-Shaw / Hale Centre Theatre

Click here for more information on this production that runs through April 2nd.

 "It's easy to see why a musical like Anything Goes is frequently produced across the Valley each season. With a score by Cole Porter that features many well-known gems and a well written comical book, Anything Goes is just about the most fun one can have at a musical. Hale Centre Theatre's production features an exceptional cast who are more than capable of ensuring the hilarity never ends, and Cambrian James' sure-footed direction and choreography include some lively dance numbers....While Anything Goes is basically an ensemble production, the "headliner" on the boat is Reno Sweeney and her character features into many of the other characters' plots. ...Emily Giauque Evans has the right look and style for the role of this sexy, sassy, and intelligent woman. ...a beautiful and rich voice and exceptional dance skills that she shows off throughout the show...James D. Gish plays Billy Crocker, the romantic lead, and he is playful in the part, with a huge dose of boyish charm and exceptional vocals. As Moonface Martin, ...Geoffrey Goorin is ...gifted in ensuring his comic bits land. He also does well with the singing and dancing the role requires. Goorin is simply lovable in the part....Director and choreographer Cambrian James keeps the show moving along at a fun and fast clip, with the comedy bits fresh and the song and dance numbers lively. His choreography features varied steps, including an abundance of tap which the large cast excels at delivering. Design elements are excellent, with Mary Atkinson's stunning costumes and Jeff A. Davis' vibrant and evocative...A humorous and romantic romp featuring some of Cole Porter's best known songs, Anything Goes is one of the most well known and beloved classic musical comedies. Hale Centre Theatre's production features a stellar cast and solid and fun direction and choreography."  -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

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