Review: Anything Goes, Crucible

The company of Anything Goes at the Crucible
The company of Anything Goes at the Crucible
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After starting off a bit becalmed, it was full steam ahead in this musical set on board an ocean liner.

The early scenes lacked the pzazz that the show reached by the end of the first half, with a fabulous finale with a sizzling version of the title song that just built and built.

It’s possible that leading man Matt Rawle was unwell as his voice began a little weakly but he got into his stride fairly quickly.

He plays Billy Crocker, a love-struck guy who stows away on board the liner to woo his love Hope Harcourt (Zoe Rainey).

She is sailing with her mum (Jane Wymark) and fiance Lord Evelyn Oakleigh, who is keen to marry her off to restore the family fortune lost in the Wall Street crash.

Also on board is the star of the show, the multi-talented Debbie Kurup as Reno Sweeney, a sassy evangelist and nightclub singer, with her fabulous Angels.

She and gangster Moonface Martin (Hugh Sachs) and floozy Erma (Alex Young), both comic show-stealing turns, get involved in Billy’s scheme.

Second half highlights included Blow, Gabriel Blow and a fantastic comedy number, The Gypsy in Me, where Lord Evelyn (Stephen Matthews) went from a sad little worm to a passionate butterfly.

Alistair David’s choreography cleverly sent up Hollywood musicals and Daniel Evans’ direction got the ship to safe harbour.