Musical Revival

Musical masterpiece Anything Goes sails into Bass Concert Hall

Musical masterpiece Anything Goes sails into Bass Concert Hall

Emma Stratton as Reno Sweeney and Anything Goes
Anything Goes runs December 9-14. Photo by Jeremy Daniel

If you're looking for a little escape this hectic holiday season, why not let the S.S. American take you on a romantic journey across the Atlantic? Anything Goes, an exhibit in classic musical theater featuring music and lyrics by Cole Porter, makes its Austin debut December 9-14 at Bass Concert Hall.

The show throws audiences in the middle of a love triangle involving engaged couple Lord Evelyn Oakleigh and Hope Harcourt and the man that’s trying to come between them. The humorous production is peppered with campy jokes, mistaken identity, vaudeville-style antics and grand tap dance numbers.

“While the show is very farcical and full of ridiculousness, what grounds it is the earnestness of both the characters and the relationships between them,” explains Richard Lindenfelzer who plays Lord Oakleigh.

Musical revivals are nothing new, but Anything Goes has had an unusually long shelf life with many rebirths. It debuted 80 years ago in 1934 with a young Ethel Merman as one of the leads, and was still winning Tony Awards as recently as 2011. No doubt, it’s in large part Cole Porter’s musical genius that has helped this romantic musical comedy endure over the decades. The show features some of the shiniest gems in Porter’s song collection, including “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “It’s De-Lovely,” and of course “Anything Goes.”

“It’s timeless! The up-tempos are my favorite,” Lindenfelzer says. “[Porter’s] writing is just so witty and the way he uses words with such specificity is really a treat to listen to.”

Anything Goes gives today’s audiences a glimpse into what made classic musical theater so appealing and what makes a great work hold up some eight decades after its creation. Lindenfelzer sums up its continued appeal. “The music is so charming and the story so funny, it never gets old. It’s easy to see why audiences still connect to it today.”

For tickets, visit austinbroadway.com.