Anything Goes

Published November 17, 2022

Anything Goes

Film info

  • Title Anything Goes
  • Directors Ross MacGibbon, Kathleen Marshall
  • Year 2021
  • Run time 2hrs 17m
  • Genres Music, Comedy, Romance
  • Tagline The multi Tony Award-winning musical

Filmed live at the Barbican in London, this major new 5-star production of the classic musical comedy features an all-star cast. When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention head out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love - proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, a comical disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail.

Live blog

Time Comment
2:43 Actual Gary Wilmot, haven’t seen him for ages.
8:31 Already loving Reno enormously.
12:39 “And I’m Virtue.”
23:38 Mickey Mouse is the best what… mouse? No way. Cartoon character? Surely not.
36:57 “Halloween’s thy name. The kingfish come, de-dum-de-dum.”
46:26 You can’t talk about a sinking ship on a ship, like bombs in an airport, right?
54:59 “You might bring me my tea, please, and step in it.”
56:29 I would so be the guy with the notebook.
1:02:22 Cheeky is an odd name for a dog.
1:10:49 This isn’t a very secret declaration of love, with four other couples dancing about around them.
1:19:20 This song is so mad for Reno, a great song, difficult to sing, oh and also do a really involved tap routine in the middle pls.
1:29:54 “Unpremeditated whoopee in the willows.”
1:35:59 Great use of lighting in this number.
1:59:44 I can’t imagine how much hairspray is keeping her hair like that when she’s bouncing all over the place.
2:06:17 Ooh, impressive push ups live on stage.
2:10:04 I don’t quite follow how this is all working out, but I can sense it is working out.


I know quite a few of the songs from this musical without having actually seen it until now - and what a production to have for a first viewing. The cast were incredible, particularly of course Sutton Foster who absolutely steals the show and dominates every scene and dance number she’s in. Her inter-play with Robert Lindsay was great, although I do think that slightly fake fourth-wall break in Friendship was a bit awkward.

The story is corny and if I’m honest I got a bit confused by the end, but the songs more than make up for it, along with the incredible costumes and brilliant choreography. A joy from start to finish and wow the title track Anything Goes doesn’t half stick in your head!

Rating: 4 / 5

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