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Review: Anything Goes

Taken From The Kidderminster Shuttle March 6th 2007

The music of Cole Porter, great routines, good acting/singing and colourful costumes make a visit to the Rose Theatre a good idea – though hurry as there are very few tickets left.

Direct by Nigel Preece, with Sue Preece as musical director, there is really nothing to criticise in this production which is very slick (OK, there were a few forgotten lines on the first night but I’m just nit-picking) Ian Boulstridge made a very impressive debut as Billy, who gets mistaken for Public Enemy No 1 and I’m sure we are going to see a lot more of him.

The more experienced actors also did not disappoint – Jill Parmenter always gives a good performance and was brilliant as Reno, while Darren Richards, as Sir Evelyn had most of us in stitches with his posh’ accent.

The scene where Reno is trying to seduce Evelyn, and Moonface (admirably played by Steve Coussens) barges in, is hilarious. Salli Hunt was an excellent choice for the gangster’s mol Bonnie – I felt dizzy for her when she was looking upside down through a porthole!

Sarah Richards was in very good voice as Hope, and then there were John Jones and Daphne Knight stealing scenes as Elisha and Mrs Harcourt, whose swaying from side to side had little to do with the motion of the waves but was more down to the endless supply of liquid refreshment!

At the interval I was still humming the title song after a superb production number, which I thought would be the highlight of the evening – but I was wrong, as the cast stepped up another gear for Blow, Gabriel Blow led by Jill Parmenter, I think it was impossible to watch this and not tap your feet and sing along.

Many congratulations to the entire cast and crew of KODS for this excellent evening’s entertainment.

VJS