Looking for a fun and enjoyable musical to go to?
Cole Porter's "Anything Goes" is playing in the Drama Theatre of the Center for the Arts on the University at Buffalo North Campus, Thursday through Sunday at 8 p.m. It is performed by Upstage New York and directed by Lynne Kurdziel-Formato.
In "Anything Goes," the curtain opens to reveal the characters boarding the U.S.S. American. The passengers consist of Elijah J. Whitney, from Wall Street; the rich American heiress Hope Harcourt, her mother, and her fiance Sir Evelyn Oakleigh; Moonface Martin, public enemy No. 13; and Reno Sweeney, the famous nightclub singer and evangelist, and her (fallen) Angels.
In pursuit of his love, Hope Harcourt, Billy Crocker goes on board as a stowaway. He hooks up with Moonface Martin, and takes the ticket of Snake-eyes Johnson, Public Enemy No. 1. As Hope and Billy fall in love, Reno makes a play for Sir Evelyn. The plot continues in the 1930s style of a romantic, humorous musical.
"Anything Goes" features many good songs, both dance style and ballad. Reno leads the passengers in an effort to fight the devil in "Blow, Gabriel, Blow" and confesses her love for Sir Evelyn in "I Get a Kick Out of You." Billy and Hope revisit their love in "It's De-Lovely." The title song, "Anything Goes," sung by Reno Sweeney, leaves you wanting to dance.
I enjoyed this production because it was upbeat, but not overdone. The singing was excellent. And in typical 1930s style, this musical makes you forget all of your worries.
"Anything Goes" also is funny! There are a lot of hilarious one-liners and situations.
The cast consists of both adults, college and high school students. Upstage New York offers internship programs for high school students. Information about next year's internships is available by calling 741-9297.
Tickets ($10 for children under 12, $14 for students and senior citizens, $17 for adults) are available at the box office. For information, call 645-ARTS.
Sara Mehltretter will be a freshman at Mount Mercy Academy.