Anything Goes Redgrave Theatre Review:
07/05/2019 at 19.30pm
It’s not often I finish watching a show and want to become a tap dancing sailor from the thirties. That was the kind of feeling a rousing ensemble and farcical cast of characters inspired in this musical comedy at The Redgrave Theatre last night.
Bristol Musical Comedy Club (BMCC) has tackled Cole Porter’s Anything Goes, a classic piece of theatre, at times with quaint and somewhat interesting ideas reflecting a bygone society.
Faye Banks as Reno Sweeney was sensational. With a flawless American accent, she captured the essence of class and wit synonymous with female roles of the time.
Olivia Garriock was a sparky and popular Erma Latour, a great contrast to Lily Dyble’s gentle, caught between love and practicality, Hope Harcourt.
There’s some inspired casting going on here, creating a believable group of friends and relationships, making this a really heartwarming production.
Opposite a strong female cast was Jack Blackmore, showing typical West End leading man material as Billy Crocker. His pursuit of Hope felt genuine and was well paced.
Dan Masters as the Very British and somewhat bumbling Lord Evelyn Oakleigh brought the house down in Act Two.
The musical features some big showstopping numbers. It’s De-Lovely building up to Anything Goes was brilliantly directed and choreographed by David Baxter. The end of Act One tap routine featuring an entire cast of dancers was simply brilliant.
The dancing didn’t end there, with a rousing Act Two Blow, Gabriel, Blow. Sarah Bartlett, Susie Luckman and Eva James exuded class throughout, additionally creating some smoking routines with Sailors Tom Tanner, Kevin Wheeler and Ian Dunscombe.
Anything Goes is at The Redgrave until Saturday 11 May 2019. To book, visit:
For more information about BMCC, visit: https://www.bmccproductions.com/