|Cast in "Anything Goes" (Photo: Joan Marcus)|
The fullness of the show extends to the action in the orchestra pit as well. Filled with 15 or so local musicians, playing who knows how many instruments (peeking in at intermission there were as many types of clarinets and saxes as I know of), they dazzled in the overture and entr'acte. The three trumpet players particularly were wonderful. The jazzy, screamer style playing in the entr'acte warmed them up for "Blow, Gabriel, Blow" and they really blew me away.
|Reno and Lord Oakleigh in "The Gypsy in Me"|
(Photo: Joan Marcus)
|Josh Franklin |
The solo song for Moonface Martin, Public Enemy #13 and played by Fred Applegate, is "Be Like a Bluebird". It's a song I never quite understood from the plotless cast recording. He sings it trying to cheer Billy up when they're in jail and it has one of the cutest lighting effects. The "bluebird" is a blue light that flutters over Moonface and even "lands" on his fingers. It's funny to watch Billy's stoic face as Moonface acts rather silly.
|Chuck Wagner (chuckwagner.com)|
Anything Goes deserves the 4/4 stars it got from the Toronto Star (review here) and any other accolades that have been thrown its way. It just got extended for another week, and is worth seeing. Get thee to the theatre!