Sunday, April 6

Theater Review: Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre: Anything Goes

There may not be a more appropriate title on stage or screen than Anything Goes, playing now at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre, Indianapolis. The live and filmed productions, considered a Cole Porter classic, have been revamped, altered and rewritten beyond all recognition at some points. It has been made into a film twice with Bing Crosby (1936 and 1956) and is originally (and loosely) based on the book by P.G.Wodehouse and Guy Bolton.

Set in the golden days of glamour, this comedy takes place on a luxury ship. Timothy Ford steps into the lead role of Billy Crocker, the lovelorn broker following his ideal woman Hope Harcourt, played by Whitney Meyer.

Timothy Ford.... well, I couldn't quite place my finger on it, to be honest. He has a smooth charm that draws the audience in, perfect vocals and an air about him that seems as if you are watching an entertainer from a bygone era. Where had I had that sense before? Then, it hit me. Right here in this theater a few years back. Ford is the lead performer that swept up everyone's adoration with his umbrella while dancing in "Singing in the Rain." He also played one half of the lovable singing/dancing duo (with Curt Dale Clark) in "White Christmas."

Best pairing in vocals are Meyer and Ford in All Through the Night. Jeff Stockberger brings down the house with his comical rendition of "The Gypsy in Me." Portraying the affable Lord Evelyn Oakleigh Stockberger brings his popular brand of funny to the uptight fiance' with an inner wild side.

Deb Wims portrays the sassy, tough Reno Sweeney. Wims pairs up nicely with on-the-run Moonface Martin, played by Jack Milo. Milo's hang-dog expression brings the ahhh factor into play with his comic style.

The show is filled with dancing and familiar songs, such as "Anything Goes," "You're the Tops" and "I Get a Kick out of You."
Costumes (Jill Kelly), stage (Michael Layton) and choreography (Ron Morgan) all deserve extra applause this production to equal the amount of attention given when creating the show.

Bottom Line: Beef and Boards' Anything Goes brings a family friendly and colorful world of dancing, singing and comedy to the stage.


Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel, food, wine and spirits columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Catch her as Indy’s Personal Lifestyle Adviser on Indy Style, WISH8 (CBS) and as Travel & Leisure Expert on FOX59 Morning News Show. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at and Gotta Go is published on, and in magazines. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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