|Rachel York and the cast in a rousing production number|
|Anything Goes! The excellent cast wowing the audience|
There were only a few days left to see this show, as it was nearing the end of its run at the Ahmanson.
I'm sure glad I got to see it!
This production was directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Kathleen Marshall.
Even though I'd had a long day at the office, that evening as I sat in the theatre, I found myself smiling from the moment the curtain went up. I so thoroughly enjoyed this production, I couldn't stop myself from laughing out loud throughout!
One of the funniest numbers was "The Gypsy in Me". It was wonderfully silly. A comedy gem.
|Rachel York and Edward Staudenmayer perform|
"The Gypsy in Me"
|Rachel York and Fred Applegate perform|
|Erich Bergen and Rachel York perform|
"You're the Top"
|"You're the Top"|
|Characters Ms. Sweeney, her "Angels" and the 1930s-style Paparazzi|
|Public Enemy Number One!|
I can personally vouch that Mr. Haimes is not lying in the above statement about 'leaving the theatre humming'. As I sat out in front of the Ahmanson following the show, I realized that all around me folks were humming the tunes we had just heard. One couple had even joined arms and was dancing past me while singing a number from the show to themselves.
I'm not too proud to admit I was humming them myself.
It is certainly one of those shows that lends itself to that. I dare you to not tap your toes or want to sing along with the very familiar tunes. So many great tunes; so many wonderful dance numbers!
If it comes to your neighborhood, go see it. What a great evening of musical theatre!
(What a terrific Christmas present! Am I a lucky kid or what?)
All photos by Joan Marcus.