8-18 April 2015
Reviewed by Debbie Tasker
Cole Porter’s high energy musical comedy, Anything Goes, sailed into Manchester’s Opera House last night and I was lucky enough to be there for a highly entertaining evening.
We travelled by public transport from Monton (m30) by bus. Although I don’t often use it I have done this route before. We hadn’t checked and unfortunately some of the roads around the Opera House are closed for work so we had a long walk to the venue. I would check before travelling the best way of reaching your destination.
As we entered the friendly staff made you feel very welcome and all had big smiles on their faces. It was very busy last night but there were no big queues for the kiosks, bars or toilets. Everywhere is clean tidy and smart.
Written in 1934 and set aboard the SS America, a transatlantic liner bound for England, there isn’t a dull moment as we are drawn into the passenger’s rather farcical lives. The plot is very thin but it doesn’t matter as in my opinion it’s just a spring board for the fantastic musical numbers. A stowaway wants to stop the upcoming marriage of the girl he loves to a well-to-do Englishman. As he leaps from one catastrophe to the next he meets all kinds of characters including a nightclub singer, a millionaire businessman who is very fond of a drink, Chinese missionaries, Angels – a sassy dance troupe, the bride-to-be overpowering mum, a second rate gangster and a sex mad young lady.
The star of the show is most definitely Debbie Kurup in the role of Reno Sweeney, a nightclub singer looking for romance. Her whole performance is faultless and boy can this gal sing, dance and act!!! Her stamina is amazing.
I hadn’t seen the show before and was pleasantly surprised I knew most of the numbers: Anything Goes, I Get a Kick out of You, You’re the Top, It’s De lovely and Blow, Gabrielle, Blow to name a few. The comedy number Gypsy in Me raised the most laughs of the evening but each and every one of the songs were executed wonderfully.
The stage setting wouldn’t look out of place in the West End or Broadway with lots of glitz and glam as are the costumes, not a dull outfit in sight!
Myself and my mum really enjoyed the show and I am still bursting into song with Anything Goes periodically much to my families dismay.
Tickets cost from £15.90 to £45.90 (plus £4 transaction fee).
Anything Goes is at the Opera House in Manchester until 18 April 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 3018.
Opera House Manchester. 3 Quay Street, Manchester, M3 3HP | 0844 871 3018