After seeing opening night of “Anything Goes” at that Ahmanson, I’m still humming the tunes this morning. In these dark economic times this top notch Roundabout Theatre Company production is a great pick me up.
Jana Monji – LA Examiner
Could tap-dancing possibly be as fun as Rachel York makes it look? She and the cast of the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Tony-winning Broadway revival of “Anything Goes,” now stopping at the Ahmanson Theatre on its national tour, perform the show’s exuberant title number with such saucy, effortless flair and megawatt smiles that I found myself thinking, “I’m signing up for lessons” — I, who get winded riding an escalator in heels.
Margaret Gray – LA Times
The show is certainly a classic, and one of Porter’s best-known musicals. Much credit to this production’s success must go to director/choreographer Kathleen Marshall, who brings the show to life with infectious vitality.
Katie Buenneke – Neon Tommy
Hallelujah indeed, for the fact that there still exists an appetite for the champagne fizz of a Cole Porter rhyme and for performers like York and Erich Bergen, who know how to pop the Porterian cork. Exultations also for director-choreographer Kathleen Marshall and the team at Roundabout Theatre Company, which launched the 2011 Tony Award–winning revival on the road with its class intact.
Evan Henerson – Backstage
Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” has sailed into the Ahmanson Theater, its physical production a nearly exact art deco replica of what theatergoers recently enjoyed on Broadway. The cast is another story, but under Kathleen Marshall’s snappy direction this ship of fools falling in and out of love remains very sea-worthy, even if fond memories of Sutton Foster and the very underrated Colin Donnell linger.
Robert Hofler – Variety
This touring version of the 2011 Broadway revival employs a passel of talent and gives audiences the pleasure of revisiting Porter’s witty lyrics and lovely ballads.
Melinda Schupmann – ArtsInLA
Sure, the ride is still a little bumpy, and its tale of shipboard shenanigans and mismatched romance is as quaint and dated as a rumble seat. But with Rachel York’s low-pitched, high-wattage sultriness front and center and Kathleen Marshall’s Tony-winning choreography powering the big set pieces, this “Anything Goes” is the ultimate guilty pleasure – immense talent delivering absolute fluff, and having a great time in the process.
Paul Hodgins – OC Register
In a genre that often puts the musical numbers on a pedestal, Anything Goes was great fun thanks to terrific performances by all; in particular by the supporting cast members Edward Staudenmayer, Dennis Kelly, Joyce Chittick and Fred Applegate.
Keisha7 – LASplash
“Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” is a saucy excuse for a fun evening filled with memorable and nostalgic tunes, despite a weak story line.
Audrey Linden – LA Examiner
Directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, the rousing and charming musical, which has undergone several facelifts, is probably fresher today than at any time in its nearly 80-year history. Much of the credit for that goes to York.
Jeff Favre – Los Angeles Downtown News
New York’s Roundabout Theater offers Los Angeles a glorious Christmas present in this spectacular revival of Cole Porter’s signature musical comedy, staged in a broad 1930s sophisticated style but with a remarkably contemporary moral take that toys with religion, sex and organized crime.
Tom Provenzano – LA Weekly
The current embodiment of the script, by John Weidman and Timothy Crouse, is marginally better than the original script by P.G. Wodehouse and Russel Crouse (father of Timothy), but combined with lackluster direction proved to be fatally dull and uninvolving.
Dale Reynolds – Stagehappenings
What makes this voyage particularly pleasurable is the dazzling performance of Rachel York as slinky evangelist Reno Sweeney.
Jonas Schwartz – TheaterMania
Fun, entertaining, and full of talent, Center Theatre Group’s production of Anything Goes is what every light-hearted musical should be. Even for those audience goers who are more inclined to the darker musical (like myself), you won’t be able to dislike what you see on the Ahmanson stage.
Jenna Maxfield – LifeInLA
Kathleen Marshall’s direction of Anything Goes provides fabulous production values but only fair entertainment; it’s diversionary but superfluous.
Jesse David Corti – Stage and Cinema
If there’s a heaven, it must feel something like watching three tiers of skilled musical theater pros percussively tap dancing their hearts out to a glorious Cole Porter score. If so, there’s a little bit of heaven at the Ahmanson, as the recent Broadway revival of Porter’s 1930s classic Anything Goes comes to town in a sparkling national-touring production that is oh-so-easy to love.
Christopher Cappiello – Frontiers
Led by a performer with star power — and a million-dollar smile — this smart, handsome and snappy production of Anything Goes is, to paraphrase one of the show’s songs, the absolute tops.
Willard Manus – Total Theater
Yet, these same revisionists also went back to the original score, reinstating songs tossed in later versions, and tossing out songs originally from other Porter hits. It works, from beginning to end.
Frances Baum Nicholson – The Stage Struck Review
It is two hours of pure pleasure without being strident or beating one over the head with some pithy moral premise or issue cloaked in music.
Melissa Berry – LA Examiner
For a holiday treat overflowing with joy, fun, and some of Cole Porter’s greatest classics, run to the Ahmanson theatre where the tour of the 2011 Tony Award winning production of Anything Goes sails through January 6, 2013.
Jason Mannino – Huffington Post
Anything goes is another kettle of fish. Its been rewritten some 3 or 4 times but no matter what they do the plot is still corny as all get-out. The songs however are another issue; they are marvelous and feature some of Porter’s best lyrics. I personally have not liked the show unless there are lots of dances that Jon Engstrom did in his production at Vista Amphitheatre.
Robert Machray – Stagehappenings
Los Angeles Music Center
135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles
8 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays
Call for exceptions; ends Jan. 6, 2012
Tickets: $20 to $120; (213) 972-4400
Running time: 2 hours, 45 minutes
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