Huddersfield Amateur Operatic Society
TITLE: Anything Goes
VENUE: Lawrence Batley Theatre
REVIEW: David Heathcote
COLE Porter’s Anything Goes is simply one of the best musicals around and Huddersfield Amateur Operatic Society’s production is fantastic.
Under the leadership of David Fletcher (director), Gordon Balmforth (musical director) and Louise Dowling (choreographer), this talented cast and company have created a first class production.
Rebecca Cawthra is sensational and takes the stage as a true star, embodying the celebrity and presence of Reno Sweeney, the evangelist turned nightclub singer. She sang the classic ‘I Get a Kick out of You’ with ease and beauty and commanded the stage in the title song ‘Anything Goes’ along with ‘Blow, Gabriel, Blow’.
Scott Armstrong brought his natural style and true professionalism to the role of Billy Crocker. He created a warm and likeable character while bringing out Crocker’s playful side disguised as Mrs George Bernard Shaw. Armstrong excels in this role, following the high standards set by Neil Broadbent in previous productions.
Dan Sean Henry was magnificent as Moonface Martin and mastered the comic genius of the role. He delivered every line with perfection and was fantastic in his jailbird song ‘Be like the Bluebird’.
Rebecca, Scott and Dan performed the famous trio ‘Friendship’ with, well, just the perfect blendship.
Sophie Hughes sang beautifully as Hope Harcourt and Nick Turner was a quintessentially English Sir Evelyn. Leanne Harrison gave a vibrant performance and John Murphy and Haydn Edwards were perfect as the gambling Chinamen, Ling and Ching.
Your week would be made all the better for seeing this excellent production.
Anything Goes runs until Saturday at 7.15pm with a 2.15pm Saturday matinee.