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Anything Goes at Arts Theatre - Review

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5 Stars - great costumes & spectacular dance moves
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Marie Clark Musical Theatre Company presents Anything Goes playing at the Arts Theatre Friday 24th May 2019 to Saturday 1st June 2019. Playing at 8pm 24th–25th May & 29th May–1st June and 2pm on 25th May & 1st June at The Arts Theatre. Anything Goes is a 1934 musical with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. Directed by Michael Butler with Musical Direction by Mark Stefanoff and Ben Stefanoff with Choreography by Rosanna Commisso.

The story takes place back in 1934 aboard an ocean liner called 'The SS American'. Anyone who's anyone is sailing, but not aboard The SS American. Just when the captain thought no celebrities were going to board, in walks Reno Sweeney (Alana Shepherd), a nightclub singer who can have any man she wants, well, almost any man! Billy Crocker (William Richards) is a Wall Street broker and Reno's best friend and the only man she has eyes for but he doesn't see her that way.

Crocker has his eye on Debutant Hope Harcourt (Maya Miller). They only spent one evening together but that was all he needed to know she was the one. There was only one thing stopping them being together, she was engaged to be married to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (Chris Bierton). She didn't love him but was marrying because her family desperately needed the money. Crocker decides to stow away onboard 'The SS American' to try and win Hope over but if he gets seen by his boss onboard, he can kiss his career goodbye. They should all watch out because also aboard is conman Moonface Martin (Buddy Dawson) dressed in a disguise but carrying his gun close by in a guitar case just in case.

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Alana Sheperdson was born to play Reno. With this leading role, she steps back into the 1930s with grace and sassy sex appeal. She has mastered a classic role that replicates style and attitude to bring this role to its full potential. The onstage flirty one-sided chemistry between Sheperdson and Richards came across very well done. She has an amazing voice that left crowds waiting to hear her sing again. I loved her rendition of 'I Get A Kick Out of You' but it was her duo with Richards to 'You're The Top' that stole the show. It was sassy, funny, high energy and get entertainment.

William Richards (Billy Crocker) played his character very well, there was definite on-stage chemistry with Hope (Maya Miller) but above all, it was his voice that stole the audience. He has a powerful and elegance to his voice that stood out in 'Easy to Love' and 'Its De-Lovely'. 'Its De-Lovely' was a beautiful duet with Miller that made the audience think of there true love and remembered people of there first time in love.

Maya Miller was lovely as Hope Harcourt, she has the portrayal of a sweet and innocent lady falling in love for the first time. Her voice is beautiful and she steps into this character perfectly. Chris Bierton as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh, no words will describe how you nailed this character. The quirky miscommunications as you learned the slang sayings was hilarious. The accent and portrayal of an English gentleman was spot on. You had the audience behind you from the first scene.

Standout moments included the 'Friendship' duet from Reno (Miller) and Moonface (Dawson) - this was fun and the dance moves were amazing, cant fault this performance. 'Blow Gabriel Blow', performed by Reno and the Fallen Angels, this was amazing the transition from a sweet nun-like song and dance into a saucy chair routine with red and gold outfits. This was incredible to watch and the dance moves were so precise throughout, loved it. The tap routine to 'Anything Goes' - I have never seen something like it, longest tap/assemble routine performed but it was high energy throughout and looked great to watch.

© Marie Clark Musical Theatre Company
It features all your favourite songs including "You're the Top", "Bon Voyage", "It's De-lovely", "Heaven Hop", "Friendship", "I Get a Kick Out of You", "Anything Goes", "All Through the Night" and more.

Starring Alana Shepherdson as Reno Sweeney, Will Richards as Billy Crocker, Maya Miller as Hope Harcourt, Chris Bierton as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh, Ben Todd as Moonface Martin, Brooke Washusen as Erma, Sandy Wandel as Evangeline Harcourt, Lance Jones as Elisha Whitney and Jamie Wright as The Captain

Marie Clark Musical Theatre Company have done it again, another amazing show, 5 Shows - High energy entertainment at its best. Don't miss your chance to see Anything Goes this May at the Arts Theatre.

Saturday 25th May 2019 to Saturday 1st June 2019 at 8pm
Saturday 25th May & Saturday 1st June at 2pm

Adult: $38.00
Concession: $33.00
Child: (under 15) $30.00
Group 10 : $30.00
Groups 30 : $27.00
MCMT VIP Single: $50.00
MCMT VIP Double (Good for 2): $100.00

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Why? Musical Theatre
When: May 24th - June 1st 2019
Where: Arts Theatre, 53 Angas Street Adelaide
Cost: $27 - $50
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by Stacey Canavan on 23/05/2019
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