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.
So, there were a few exciting announcements this week in the theatre world. Let’s recap:
- The rest of the cast for Leap of Faith at Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles was announced! I’m very excited because Kendra Kassebaum will be gracing the stage again with her talents – though I probably won’t get to LA to see it, I’m looking forward to the reviews.
- Did everyone hear that rehearsals for the much-anticipated Spider-Man musical are finally going to start? (Or recommence rather?) I guess they finally found capital to get the project going again. We’ll see how far they get before they close shop again. The producers have had the Hilton Theatre on hold for many months now. How much longer will we have to see those marquees before they light up? Who knows.
- Roundabout Theatre Company announced that Anything Goes, starring Sutton Foster, is scheduled to start previews at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre (formerly the Henry Miller Theatre) April 7th, 2011. I’m excited to see what RTC will do with this, but I’m less excited for Foster to star. She’s very talented but in the last few shows I’ve seen her in, she’s started to phone it in.
- Daniel Radcliffe was announced as the star of the film version of the West End hit play The Woman in Black (not to be confused with the 2006 Broadway flop The Woman in White). I was a huge fan of this play when I saw it in London in 2007. I’m not sure why it hasn’t been brought to Broadway, but I’m very excited to see it on the big screen.
Those are my highlights. What were yours?