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Robert Tanitch reviews Cole Porter’s Anything Goes at the Barbican Theatre, London

EVERYTHING GOESDirected and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, the Barbican is back with a new cast starring Kerry Ellis, Denis Lawson, Simon Callow and Bonnie Langford.

The 1930s was the golden age of American musicals, and this lively, tuneful, witty musical, which premiered in 1934 and ran for 420 performances, was the perfect light entertainment for audiences who had lived through the Wall Street Crash and Great Depression. Even today’s audience, who have been through Covid, will get a huge kick from Cole Porter’s witty score.

The setting is a luxury ocean liner. A stowaway (Samuel Edwards) tries to persuade a beautiful girl (Nicole-Lily Baisden), engaged to an English lord (Haydn Oakley), a dumb ass, to marry him instead. He’s helped by a nightclub singer (Kerry Ellis) and a not-so-bright crook (Denis Lawson) who’s dressed up as a cleric and carries his machine gun in his saxophone case (what else?)

Everything goes tips for success. Marshall’s choreography and the rousing energy of the company get the audience going twice, once in the original Everything goes Act One final and second in the Slap, Gabriel, slapthe hot gospel number in the second act.

Comic highlights include Ellis and Lawson framing each other when they sing Friendship and Oakley tangoing with Ellis The gypsy in me. Carla Mercedes-Dyer, a delightful comedian, and a sailor quartet also punctuate the show Buddy, be careful.

Stylishly elegant, bright and cheerful, Everything goes is pure escapism: it’s delightful, it’s delicious, it’s delicious, it’s insane, it’s deluxe, it’s de-lovely.

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Robert Tanitch reviews Cole Porter’s Anything Goes at the Barbican Theatre, London

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