Theater Review: Anything Goes

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Oct. 23 – 28, 2012

TPAC’s Broadway Series presents:
Anything Goes (Ages 13 and older)
TPAC’s Jackson Hall
505 Deaderick St., Nashville
782-4040 • tpac.org
Show times: Tue – Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 and 8 p.m., Sun 1 and 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25 – $65

The Tennessee Performing Arts Center could not have picked a more perfect show to open its 2012-2013 Broadway Series season than the classic Cole Porter musical, Anything Goes.

Roundabout Theatre Company’s touring production is an absolute masterpiece of musical theater. It’s a wonderful treat to see Broadway-blessed Rachel York back on TPAC’s stage — the last time she was here, she was playing Cruella de Vil in 101 Dalmatians.

York is a well-seasoned actress and dynamic performer. She simply can’t be beat. Her role as Reno Sweeney is a perfect fit for her vocally and stylistically on all counts. If you want to show your kids what REAL stage presence means, bring ’em to this show so they can experience the amazing talent York exudes in the spotlight … as well as the rest of the cast.

Anything Goes is flawless start to finish. There is no weak link in the chain anywhere. A gorgeous set, an impeccable cast that hits all its notes and beautiful choreography blend together to make this one of the greatest shows you’ll ever see … and let’s not forget the music source! You’ll get to hear so many Cole Porter gems, including “You’re the Top,” “It’s De-Lovely,” “Blow, Gabriel, Blow” and, of course, the title song, “Anything Goes,” that features an outstanding array of tap dancing.

The entire cast is spectacular. Aside from York, huge props go to Edward Staudenmayer as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh, particularly for his show-stopping performance during “The Gypsy in Me.”

Anything Goes is a flawless production and an exciting jump start to the new Broadway season at TPAC that celebrates musicals.

Chad Young is the managing editor and arts/entertainment editor for this publication.

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