Saw this last week and thought it was one of the most enjoyable musicals I have seen in a long time! If you want to hum a tune when you leave the theater- this is the show to see!
The show was absolutely fantastic. Disappointment came afterwards. Waited in queue for autographs and brief interaction. Sutton Foster and Joel Grey snuck out from a "separate" exit. Then, the staff at the designated exit didnt tell any of us waiting for 45+ minutes that the showss stars had departed earlier. Im disappointed at Foster and Greys lack of consideration toward their shows patrons and angry at the ineptness and lack of communication by the staff. Ill skip any future productions headlined by either Foster or Grey. Most other stars Ive seen acknowledge and appreciate their fans, including Christopher Walken, Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Angela Lansbury, Kevin Klein, Mark Rylance, Dustin Hoffman and Jeff Goldblum to name just a few...
I am so glad that Sutton Foster won the Tony this time. She is fabulous in this production. The production was excellent. I have seen it many times from London to Broadway and find this cast to be the best
This is the feel good show of the season and in it Sutton Foster emerges as a first class ticket selling star. Joel Grey is wonderful and everyone is at the top of their game. Kathleen Marshalls staging is first rate and her choreography is a clean knockout. I had a great time.
In a very mixed season, Anything Goes is a real standout. From John McMartin in the opening scene to the great Joel Grey to the sublime Sutton Foster, I was transported on that ship to another time when Broadway music and lyrics were sophisticated and funny. This will win Best Revival for sure.
Fun, fun, fun. I cant think of one thing that kept me from enjoying this musical. Sutton Foster was simply amazing during her tap dancing routine. Joel Grey was superb with all the energy he put in, as was the rest of the cast. The plot was funny, the music was catchy, and youll be humming or singing out the door and well down the street afterwards. Dont miss this!
Kathleen Marshall misses the madcap comic tone of "Anything Goes", treating the material like a modern character-driven musical and not the ether-fueled satire that made it the panacea of the depression. Sutton Foster and Joel Gray are game, but terribly mis-cast and fishing for a hook to the characters. They should forget the pathos and just enjoy the cruise. Billy and Hope are played by pretty kids with pretty voices - but bring little else including marquee value to the journey. Jessica Walter and John McMartin virtually steal the show as the senior members of the manifest. Marshalls workmanlike choreography is diverting but hardly memorable. Best is Act Twos opener "Blow Gabriel Blow" - but the rest of the cruise is a bumpy crossing. Any memories of Patti Lupone or Ethel Merman are safe from Roundabouts obvious ploy to woo you out of your economic woes by parting with $142 per passage for this cruise to nowhere.
This show was enjoyable start to finish. Fun story, Great lyrics and music, good sets on a smallish stage, nice costumes, and well the cast...first class all the way. Ms. Foster deserves another Tony for her, singing, dancing, and being the TALENT that she is. We are So lucky to have her on the stage, and dueting with Joel Grey-What a treat!
In brief...a wonderful production from start to finish. Sutton Foster makes the iconic role of Reno Sweeney previously potrayed by Ethel Merman and Patti LuPone her own. Joel Grey in a suppoting role puts his all into it, and shows you what a real Broadway veteran is all about.. The ingenues and comic relief are great, and Kathleen Marshalls direction and choreography supurb. For an evening in the theatre that is as bubbly and light as sipping a glass of champagne on the deck of a cruise ship ...see Anything Goes immediately.
Two of the best performers-Sutton Foster and Laura Osnes on the same stage! Sure to be an outstanding show. Giving the show 5 stars even though it has yet to open because of them.