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Anything Goes

If the daily reports of terror and recession are getting you down, consider an antidote that folks found to their liking during the Great Depression—Cole Porter's Anything Goes, a delightful and de-lovely musical filled with great songs and a zany plot. Boulder's Dinner Theatre's production, directed by Ross Haley, goes full tilt, taking advantage of the myriad of farcical opportunities and production numbers.

DP Perkins & Alecia King Dunfee
DP Perkins as Lord
Evelyn Oakleigh and Alicia
King Dunfee as Reno Sweeney
Alicia King Dunfee, resplendent in costumes to die for from Laurie LaMere Klapperich, is Reno Sweeny, the proverbial jaded moll with a heart of gold. Dunfee gets the bulk of Porter's incredible tunes and knows what to do with them, including a slick "I Get A Kick Out Of You", a rousing "Blow, Gabriel, Blow" and the title song "Anything Goes". In between she teams with a winsome Scott Beyette as her ex-boyfriend, Billy Crocker, in a punchy "You're the Top" and A.K. Klemke in a lively rendition of "Friendship".

D.P. Perkins' take on "The Gypsy in Me" is rakish and dashing, Joanie Brousseau-Beyette's "Goodbye, Little Dream, Goodbye" is polished and sweet, Mary McGroary does a naughty turn with "Buddie, Beware" and Brian Norber is side-splitting as the mogul Elisha Whitney.

The music, cooked up by Neal Dunfee and his seven piece orchestra is grand, the dancing is exuberant, and the romances sort themselves out in the end. Boulder's Dinner Theatre's production of Cole Porter's Anything Goes runs through March 3rd. 303-449-6000.

 

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