The Production Company. State Theatre, the Arts Centre, Melbourne. Directors: Andrew Hallsworth & Dean Bryant. Musical Director: Peter Casey. Choreographer: Andrew Hallsworth. July 20 – 24, 2011.
The opening night of The Production Company’s staging of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes was a delightful romp. The set, on board an ocean liner, consisted of two decks, the lower one being a metre above stage level, giving plenty of height. The orchestra was placed unobtrusively on the lower deck.
The professional cast was obviously enjoying themselves and tackled the work with enthusiasm. The whole company did an amazing tap dance to the title tune as the finale to the first act. The direction and choreography were excellent.