I had never been to an opening night of a performance at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) in South Bank before, however that changed with the Anything Goes show that blew me away last Monday night.
The experience was better than anything I had expected and made me think why on earth didn’t I keep up with performing.
I thank QPAC for the invite and for the fantastic seats three rows from the front where I had an amazing close up view of the set, characters and stunning vintage costumes.
For me the star of the show was Caroline O’Connor who won Best Female Actor in A Musical for her role as as evangelist turned nightclub singer Reno Sweeney. Throughout the whole show she maintained such a spot on character and an electric energy that injected loud gasps of laughs and infectious smiles from the crowd.
I’ve always had an interest in Ballroom Dancing and so one of my regrets growing up was not ditching playing netball to do that. Anyway, with regularly watching Dancing with the Stars and seeing Todd McKenney critique others on their performances as judge, it was nice to see him on the stage and performing this time.
Todd played Lord Evelyn Oakleigh who was initially in love with American debutante Hope Harcourt played by Claire Lyon. He was super funny in this role and had a hair flick about him and sharp dialogue that kept the audience entertained on the edge of their seats.
Other stars of the show were Alex Rathgeber, a young Wall Street broker Billy Crocker who I’m sure stole the hearts of ladies in the crowd both young and old and Debora Krizak a Moonface girlfriend of Erma who brought the foxy lady level of this show up to its peak.
I would recommend this show to people of all ages, who have an appreciation of old school costumes and antics and just love to hear a good ol’romantic sing along.
Anything Goes is playing at QPAC until Sunday 16 August 2015. Get along if you live in Brisbane.