Anything Goes, CTG/Ahmanson Theater

Photo by Joan Marcus.

Anything Goes by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse; revised by Howard Lindsay andRussel Crouse; reworked by librettist John Weidman andTimothy Crouse.

Pauline Adamek – ArtsBeatLA

Wall-to-wall hit tunes, ear-to-ear grin all night long F U N ! –  Cole Porter’s timeless classic musical theatre masterpiece, Anything Goes, has set sail at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre in a new Broadway revival and continues through January 6, 2013. The fluffy, madcap and satirical storyline concerns a young man Billy Crocker (Erich Bergen) who is in love with an ingénue Hope Harcourt (Alex Finke). The obstacle to their romance is that she is betrothed to a wealthy Brit, Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (Edward Staudenmayer) – a union that her gold-digging mother Mrs. Evangeline Harcourt (Sandra Shipley) is eager to secure. Meanwhile, a gangster named Moonface Martin (Fred Applegate) – humiliatingly only listed as Public Enemy #13 – and his moll Erma (Joyce Chittick) are on board, as well as a handful of other characters, including our hero’s friend, nightclub singer Reno Sweeney – a brassy, older woman who gives him hard-boiled advice, played superbly by Rachel York.  Read more…