Anything Goes - Musical ☆☆☆☆4
Showing from - Tuesday, May 10, 2016 through till Saturday, May 14, 2016
Brewhouse Arts Centre - Burton-upon-Trent
Bill Pritchard | Wednesday, May 11, 2016
In their last few productions it has become clear that Burton’s Mellow Dramatics group is beginning to find their feet again.
With this production they are on top form and deserve to be putting up the house full signs this week.
There is growing evidence that younger members are beginning to enjoy taking on more challenging roles and with this show they deliveredIn Anything Goes, Cole Porter's music and lyrics are at their peak with numbers such as You're The Top, It's Delovely, I Get a Kick out of You, Blow, Gabriel, Blow and of course the title song Anything Goes, while the book, written by Guy Bolton and PG Wodehouse and then revised by Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse is packed with smart and sassy one-liners.
Tom Brassington as Billy Crocker and Joe Bromfield as Sir Evelyn are strong as two of the male leads, with Brassington's voice managing the intricacies of notes and lyrics very well.
The third male lead, Dan Robb as Moonface Martin, is becoming an accomplished performer. His confidence is growing and he is relaxing more on stage and so his acting is becoming more natural.
Choreographer Catherine Moore brings out some wonderful movement from the cast and her dance sequences are rapidly becoming a highlight of a Mellow’s show.
There are stunning dance sequences from the cast, most notably in Blow, Gabriel, Blow and the title song. Heaven Hop is another energetically performed number.
Comic timing is coming along nicely and very few lines were lost under laughter as the cast had the confidence to wait for the prime moment to deliver the gag.
Two of the lead females, Lucy Warner as American heiress Hope Harcourt and Lucy Robinson as Reno, the former evangelist turned nightclub songbird who leads a troupe of ‘angels,’ are both excellent with Robinson enjoying a more active role in the dance numbers and a larger onstage persona.
Moonface’s glamorous companion Bonnie, played by Natasha Ingham, shows both her comic talents and some nimble footwork especially in Heavenly Hop.
A simple set manages to put over a more complicated feel without intruding - something the backstage crew deserve plaudits for. The band also does a fine job without interfering visually as they are to the left of the stage.
For me, this is one of the company's best performances in a long time. There has been growing evidence that younger members are beginning to enjoy taking on more challenging roles and with this show they delivered on that score.
So Bon Voyage to the good ship Anything Goes this week. I certainly got a kick out of you.
Anything Goes is at the Brewhouse arts centre, Burton, at 7.30pm every night this week until Saturday with a matinee on the Saturday at 2.30pm.
For ticket availability call the box office on 01283 508100.
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