A toe-tapping “Anything Goes”

OGDEN — Weber State University’s performance of Anything Goes is a witty combination of slapstick humor, unlikely romance, and colorful scenery, all set to the swinging tunes of the beloved Cole Porter.  The musical is directed by Jim Christian. The stage is set on a luxurious cruise liner, and the audience discovers the relationships and mishaps of the passengers aboard.  There’s the famous temptress Reno Sweeney (played by Kalyn West), who happens to be in love with Billy Crocker (Addison Welch), the aspiring Wall Street businessman, who’s heart has been captured by the debutant Hope Harcourt (Stephanie Purcell).  Hope, though, is engaged to the wealthy Englishman Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (Trevor Dean), whom she doesn’t have feelings for.  Also aboard the ship is the conniving gangster Moonface Martin (Rick Rea), and his sassy sidekick Erma (Emilie Starr).  The cast of characters goes on and on, but we as an audience we become most engaged by these few.  The audience is led along in the plotting, antics, and follies of these characters, and it’s all set to some really great songs. Choreographed and directed by Jim Christian, this show’s dancing can’t be beat.  The hit song “You’re the Top,” sung by Reno and Billy was a favorite.  The combination of them bouncing across the stage and acting out the lyrics is fantastic.  Another great number is the show’s title piece “Anything...

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