A grand adventure aboard a ship traversing the Atlantic Ocean. Romantic intrigue and forbidden love. Gangsters, sailors, and an Englishman. No, we’re not describing a long overdue mash-up between The Godfather and Pirates of the Caribbean. We’re here to review Tower Hill’s production of Anything Goes.
In Anything Goes, a merry band of unlikely friends take a trip on a cruise across the Atlantic Ocean, and various high jinks and unexpected events occur. In the end, what took Anything Goes above and beyond the level of mere high school play and into the echelons of the greatest musicals of all time were the fantastic, impressive performances from the distinguished actors of the Tower Hill theatre department.
What’s a great play without a few foreign accents? Impersonations were in abundance on the stage this past week, as George Gianforcaro’s spot-on New York mobster impression gave the crowds laughs on laughs, along with his banter and comical singing. Henry Mette’s English accent and incorrect use of idiomatic phrases left the ladies swooning.
Whitney Polich as Reno arguably stole the show with her passionate songs and spot-on performance. Her smooth voice amazed all in the audience, and her witty character kept us all on our toes (had we been standing for the play, of course).
Spencer Johnson spent much of the play (90 seconds by my count) locking lips with one of his many New York dames, but when his mouth was free, he serenaded us with his voice and wowed us with his acting abilities, putting in a Tony Award-worthy performance as young Billy Crocker.
Another performance that could not be forgotten was Graham Bright’s turn as an alcoholic, morally bankrupt Yale graduate (our apologies for the redundancy) who employed Billy on Wall Street. Bright’s antics throughout the play were nothing short of comedy gold and left the audience in stitches.
We could go on and on, from Lexi Longo’s role as Billy’s love interest, Hope Harcourt, to the talent of the whole ensemble in their impressive tap dancing routine. The cast of Anything Goes was nothing short of spectacular, and they all deserve a great deal of recognition.
We also can’t forget about the stage crew, without whom the impressive set would not have been built, and none of the speedy scene changes would have occurred. They had a very important role that is easy to forget. We’d also like to recognize the fabulous lighting, which Adam Reynolds designed himself.
It was delightful, it was delicious . . . it was delovely! Anything Goes comes in on the Fort-Turner-Richter Scale as 5 sails out of a possible 5. If you missed it this past weekend, we don’t know what to tell you. Not seeing Anything Goes is a decision that anyone will regret for the rest of their life.
Kevin Turner ’16 and Nic Fort ’16