<b>REVIEW | </b>By Dale Burrows For the Weekly Herald
Bold. Bright. Bursting with being bigger than life. “Anything Goes” explodes. The Northwest Savoyards soar.
Revisions, reworks and revivals mark the evolution of this 80-year-old monument among musicals. But the essentials never change: hijinks and wacky characters raising Cain to the tune of Cole Porter’s music and lyrics on an ocean liner bound for England. Push come to shove, the money is less on what it is than how it is done.
This production generates from Director Alan Wilkie’s love affair since childhood. Wilkie believed the anything-is-possible of “Anything Goes” then. He believes it now. Likelihood, be damned. On stage here, imagination rules.
Like the innocence of lovesick sweethearts separated by circumstance? You will pine with Sabina Otness and James Frasca. Otness is Hope, the pristine heiress promised to another; Frasca is Billy, the clean-cut, fast-talking Wall Street broker head over heels and totally confused.
How about been around the block smitten by stuffy and discombobulated? That would be EmilyRose Frasca and Dan Zertuche. She is Reno, the ex-evangelist turned night club singer; he is Sir Evelyn Oakleigh. EmilyRose Frasca coming on to Zertuche is a hoot.
Highlighting Mark Abel as Moonface Martin, public enemy No. 13, makes off-the-wall stick. Abel’s one-liners ring the silly bell every time.
This is a marvelous cast of 18 backed by an amazing ensemble of 11.
Costume designs by Barbara Anderson and scenic designs by Tim Sauke, Matthew Molumby and John Galt splash the look of things with feel and flair.
David Spring and the orchestra mood-swing with Porter’s gorgeous scores. Singing voices pin down the masterful lyrics. The chorus line makes me think Rockettes in Everett.
This is two and half hours of musical comedy passing before you know it. It is inspired. Bravo, Savoyards.
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WHEN: 8 p.m. June 15-16, 2:30 p.m. June 17
WHERE: Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett
TICKETS: $23.50 adults, $20.50 for seniors/students/military; available by calling 425-258-6766 or go to www.etix.com