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Anything Goes (Musicals Tonight!)

Members say: Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Enchanting, Funny

About the show

Musicals Tonight! brings back its revival of Cole Porter's madcap musical comedy set upon an ocean liner heading from New York to London. 

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Reno Sweeney is en route to England. Her pal Billy has stowed away to be near his love, Hope, but she is engaged to a wealthy Lord. Also on board are Public Enemy #13, Moonface Martin, and his sidekick-in-crime Erma. With the help of disguises, tap-dancing sailors, and blackmail, Reno and Moonface join forces to help Billy win Hope. Classic songs include: 'I Get a Kick Out of You,' 'Easy to Love.' 'You're the Top,' 'It's De-Lovely,' and the title tune.


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95
Theater Pizzazz

"I saw both productions with Foster and Lupone, and I can tell you that neither captured the soul of this show as well as it was done here. The intimacy of the theater changed all perspective for audience, for the company was able to highlight, through its exuberance and simplicity, the sheer talent of each and every performer...One could feel the soul of the music!...It’s worth spending $45 on this show and getting $500 worth of better-than classic Broadway musical." Full Review

90
TheaterScene.com

"Kudos to producer Miller for bringing this potentially tired rerun to cheerful life, and to director/choreographer Colgan for doing a brilliant job of shoehorning all those massively talented people into that tiny space...They all pull off performances with gusto huge enough to fill a house ten times the size, and treat this period piece with respect and affection...How wonderful to hear voices! Singers who sing! And beautifully, too! Porter's songs have seldom been so well served." Full Review

85
Nitelife Exchange

"It’s as thrilling as it was last time around...The success of the evening is largely due to director/choreographer Colgan. His work keeps the show moving at a breakneck pace, only slowing down for a few beautifully rendered ballads that anchor the story to reality...Two of the brightest moments in the show come from the comics Lopez and Ogilv...Stephens has ramped up the fun, also devising a beautiful medley of 'Night and Day' and 'All Through the Night' that is immensely touching." Full Review

82
Front Mezz Junkies

"Jones is a joy to behold, especially when he starts out the lovely duet he has with Hope...Their chemistry is really on display in the most tempting kind of way with the delectable...The cast and crew of this ocean liner do a fantastic job turning that small stage into some big time fun and impressive dance moments...The cast engulfs the teeny stage...tap dancing to all our hearts content. Magic, is all I can say...The whole voyage is pure unadulterated joy and a delight to be on board." Full Review

95
TheaterScene.net

for a previous production "While 'Anything Goes' is a light entertainment and not the kind of concept musical one expects today, Casey Colgan's superior revival for Musicals Tonight! is a fast-paced razzle-dazzle show spreading hilarity and cheer. Using a large cast many of whom have worked with him before, he reinvigorates this old chestnut and makes it as bright as a new shiny penny. The Cole Porter songs enchant and the dancing wows. Even the jokes still land. As Gershwin wrote, 'Who could ask for anything more?'" Full Review

85
Theater Pizzazz

for a previous production "A joyous theater evening, with a generous helping of beloved Cole Porter numbers sung and danced by a young, spirited cast...It’s fresh, fast and funny, performed with affection and spirit...The show also offers grand full-ensemble dancing, comparable on the theater’s tiny stage to Busby Berkeley’s efforts in the movies...Don’t miss this glorious romp!" Full Review

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86
Delightful, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you enjoy an old fashioned musical with wonderful songs and great staging, singing, choreography and costumes. Done on a small stage.

Don't see it if you do not like musicals with no serious plot. You really see this show for the musical and dance numbers.

Also I enjoyed this version much better than the Broadway one done a few ye... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Refreshing, Entertaining, Awesome dancing, Great singing/acting, Delightfully dated

See it if you enjoy watching a very energetic, talented cast sing and dance their way through some dazzling, show-stopper Cole Porter numbers.

Don't see it if you're not into silly , feel-good shows with minimalist staging (albeit with great costumes) or prefer original theater to revivals.

Also This was one of the most enjoyable performances I have seen in a while... Read more Read less

90
For a previous production
Absorbing, Enchanting, Masterful, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if Anything Goes is a big time musical, big staging, singing and big time sets. It goes right up there with all the other great musicals .

Don't see it if If your not into the bravado of the big shows with big casts, staging etc.

92
For a previous production
Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you want to experience an enthusiastic cast that sings and dances it's heart out in this Cole Porter romp.

Don't see it if you are in a sedate mood and need Broadway to make you happy,

89
For a previous production
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you love Cole Porter and an intimate theater

Don't see it if na

80
For a previous production
Delightful, Entertaining, Bubbly

See it if you want a fun old fashioned great time of a show.

Don't see it if you're not in the mood for fun. Or want to see HAMILTON.

Also Great production values--and that annoyed me that more isn't usually d... Read more Read less

85
For a previous production
Funny, Delightful, Great singing

See it if you want to see a very funny good old fashioned musical with great classic songs.

Don't see it if you don't like shows that have been revived numerous times before.

78
For a previous production
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Fluffy, Energetic

See it if You appreciate old fashioned antics and humor; great fun delivered by an energetic cast in a small venue

Don't see it if You're expecting high production value (although I enjoyed the fun they had with set changes)

97
For a previous production
Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Must see, Refreshing

See it if You want to be thoroughly delighted by an ultra talented cast. Singing, dancing, comedy, beautiful guys and gals, great staging. The best!

Don't see it if You don't realize that small shoe-string productions can have huge impact, go gaga over technical wizardry instead of real artistry. See it!

Also Still smiling hours later, this is what theater could/should be. Treme... Read more Read less

84
For a previous production
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if Musicals Tonight does it again - well done, charming, shoe-string adaptation of this fizzy, fun musical. Great bang for your buck - loved it

Don't see it if You mind bare bones set & staging, tiny theater. Despite modest size, this production felt big, fun & full of life. Great singing & dancing.

100
For a previous production
Delightful, Great acting, Must see, Great singing, Spectacular dancing

See it if You want to see the most sparkling effervescent show in town ! It is perfect ! It's like pink champagne and the costumes are breathtaking !

Don't see it if Your name is Scrooge. There is absolutely NO other reason not to see this if you adore brilliantly acted, sung and danced shows !

100
For a previous production
Joyous, Delovely, Dated but fresh, Beautifully costumed, Extraordinary dancing

See it if If you want to understand why Cole Porter is so significant, and want to see a dated show that is still fresh as a daisy. Don't miss it!!!

Don't see it if You don't like small black box theatres or don't care about non-Hamilton-esque musicals.

Also Once again this small company has raised its own bar! With a gorgeous,... Read more Read less

100
For a previous production
Joyful, Must see, Great staging, Great dancing, Musical comedy heaven

See it if You love musical comedy.

Don't see it if You only enjoy serious drama.

Also I saw the last two Broadway revivals of Anything Goes, and this rivals... Read more Read less

92
For a previous production
Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, great dancing

See it if You want energetic, old-time singing and dancing with classic songs and costumes and haywire plot.

Don't see it if You don't like old-fashioned musicals

78
For a previous production
Funny, Romantic, Classic, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy classic Broadway.

Don't see it if you don't like fluff or somewhat cheesy plots. It's more of a feel-good plot than a profound show.

65
For a previous production
Delightful, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You love Cole Porter, Anything Goes or Tap dancing. The choreography was fantastic and they made excellent use of the small space.

Don't see it if You aren't a fan of 'older musicals'

98
For a previous production
Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like Cole Porter songs enunciated with expression, wonderful energetic tap dancing, beautiful costumes, and a good-looking engaging cast

Don't see it if you expect a lavish set or do not like a small intimate theater

Also This is a true gem. I actually preferred this version more than the Br... Read more Read less

92
For a previous production
Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You enjoy a classic story-line that is relevant today.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy a wonderful storyline with great acting.

100
For a previous production
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love intimate theater. We already got tickets to see it again. It was terrific. Unexpected and brilliant staging, singing & dancing.

Don't see it if you don't love musicals.

55
For a previous production
Ambitious, Dated, Lacked proper pacing, Clotrophobic

See it if you like the music. the singing is good.

Don't see it if you are looking for a fresh approach or fully developed characters

90
For a previous production
Ambitious, Delightful, Enchanting, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if I was amazed with the overall high quality of the performances!

Don't see it if You are seeking a serious theatre event.


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