Anything Goes

Date 6th November 2012
Society Worthing Musical Comedy Society
Venue Connaught Theatre, Worthing
Type of Production Musical
Director Lee Payne
Musical Director Nigel Newman
Choreographer Rachel Apps

Report

Author: Jose Harrison

This was a thoroughly enjoyable performance with the right feel-good factor put together by a first class production team. This coupled with accomplished performances from all the cast ensured that the audience went home happy. The direction and orchestration were excellent and the choreography outstanding providing wonderful chorus numbers, and incredible tap routines proving that even the less young and sprightly can cope when accompanied by a team of experts at their craft. The ensemble numbers and duets all had dash and fun. Throughout, this show had magical touches such as a custard pie in the face scene, a wonderful ‘not so old’ lady in a wheelchair, a real life quite adorable little dog and many other little touches causing much merriment in the audience. It is hard to single out individual characters as all the cast deserve praise. Caroline Lowe (Reno), Alex Brown (Billy) and Jenny Johnson (Hope) were ideally cast singing dancing and acting with great skill. Dan Smith gave a memorable performance as Moonface and Emily Brown was everything a gangster’s moll should be with the typical high pitched voice. All the other principles portrayed their parts well but, for me, the star of this production was Jack Winrow as Lord Evelyn. This young man is proving to me that he has outstanding talent in every field.