The only word that can be used to describe the current Roundabout revival of Anything Goes is “delovely.” Having only performed in the musical a number of years ago while in High School, I was excited to finally see a professional production. Roundabout has had a number of revivals flop, so I was thrilled to see that Anything Goes received raves and I was happy I already had tickets when they were received.
Anything Goes is, of course, a love story with music by the incomparable Cole Porter. Billy, an assistant to a high profile business man, follows his beloved Hope onto a cruise ship to win her heart even though she is already engaged to a Duke, and Reno Sweeney, a famous New York showgirl, is hopelessly in love with Billy.
Everything about this production is first class, from the sets to the cast to the lighting and orchestra. I even enjoyed Joel Grey as Moonface Martin (who everyone has been saying is grossly miscast) who had one of the most endearing numbers onstage, Blue Bird. Sutton Foster, as Reno Sweeney, has found one of the roles she was born to play being the triple threat that she is and you’re unable to take your eyes off her any time she is onstage. Laura Osnes, of Grease fame, has one of the prettiest, clearest soprano voices on Broadway today and she plays the ingénue with ease.
Roundabout has struck gold with this revival, and I’d heavily recommend to set your sails towards the Sondheim Theatre.