Birkenhead Operatic Society Trust have been at their exuberant best with a three-night run at the Floral Pavilion.
BOST Musicals are consistently good value-for-money with their striking stage sets, costumes and spectacular song and dance routines.
Anything Goes by Cole Porter was tailor-made for such a company.
He wrote the music and lyrics while PG Woodhouse and Guy Bolton wrote the original book.
It was later revised by Lindsay and Crouse.
And that is what so many audiences see and hear to this day from amateur to professional groups.
The SS America is sailing from New York to London and on board there are a variety of characters who are all at sea in more ways than one.
There’s love-sick Billy Crocker and sea-sick Lord Eveyln Oakleigh. They are both love interests of the sweet Hope Harcourt.
Also on board is Reno Sweeney a born again nightclub singer and America’s nearly ‘most wanted’ criminal Moonface Martin.
He is number 13 on the FBI’s list.
A lot happens in the two and half-hour plus show directed by Karen Partington and with musical director Tricia Gaskell and choreographer Charlotte Elverstone from the solo numbers to uptempo songs and the comic interludes.
Cole Porter’s greatest hits (there are many) take up much of act one.
There’s I Get A Kick Out of You; You’re The Top; It’s De-lovely and the title track sailing us into the interval.
Act 2 has the feel good Blow Gabriel Blow and a bull-fighting themed The Gypsy in Me.
Linzi Stefanov as Reeney and Tony Prince as Moonface deserve a place at the captain’s table for their fine performances.
Andrew Heath makes his debut with BOST as a camp purser clearly influenced by the great Kenny Everett.
And there’s Squiggle who plays Cheeky the cute canine. A true pro – take a bow (wow wow).
The sheer energy and dedication of BOST Musicals from principals to chorus and dancers always shines through and I always look forward to their productions where everyone gives 100 per cent from behind-the-scenes to front of stage.
**** FOUR Stars