Jeff Smith 4 p.m., Jan. 30
The great Cole Porter musical's been called fluff and silly, but it's about escape, from restrictions and the manic woes of the Depression. And when you sail on the S.S. American with Reno Sweeney, Moonface Martin, and Billy Crocker, the score will abolish woes as long as the ship's afloat, and maybe even longer. The Welk Resort production, ably directed and choreographed by Ray Limon, is a slow starter. But once Natalie Lucci (Reno), Shaun Leslie Sands (Moonface), and Joshua Carr (Billy) sing "Friendship," they take charge and the ship sails smoothly after that. In particular, Lucci's renditions of "I Get a Kick Out of You" and "Blow, Gabriel, Blow" are quite good. And the big production number, "Anything Goes," with 26 tap shoes clacking away, is worth the price of admission.
Worth a try.
- Cost: $45 - $63 | Buy tickets
When: Ongoing until Sunday, March 23, 2014
- Sundays, 1pm
- Wednesdays, 1pm
- Thursdays, 1pm & 8pm
- Saturdays, 8pm
- Anything Goes at Welk Resort Theater (Jan. 21, 2014)