Marriott’s ANYTHING GOES Review – Everybody Should Go!


Need your attitude adjusted?

Perhaps a fresh perspective on life?

Anything Goes will fix you right up!


This is Cole Porter at his toe-tapping finger-snapping finest!


We’re great fans of Cole Porter, so I decided to do a little research. (Yes, I googled it!) to find out more about Anything Goes.

The original plot of Anything Goes was anything but what we saw! The fascinating Wikipedia article reveals:

The original plot involved a bomb threat, a shipwreck, and hijinks on a desert island, but, just a few weeks before the show was due to open, a fire on board the passenger ship SS Morro Castle caused the deaths of 138 passengers and crew members. According to one version, [it was]… judged that to proceed with a show on a similar subject would be in dubious taste… However, theatre historian Lee Davis maintains that … it was "a hopeless mess."


The Marriott production is anything but a mess! It’s as good as it gets! Here’s the YouTube video to give you a preview:


There’s the hit parade of songs: “De-lovely,” “Friendship,” "You're the Top," “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” "I Get a Kick Out of You” directed and choreographed by 15-time Jeff Award-winner Marc Robin and joined by Music Director Jeff Award-nominee Ryan T. Nelson.

Then there’s the extraordinarily talented cast: It’s impossible to single out any one actor—this ensemble blends together seamlessly! Each member is perfect for both their character (and these are SOME characters!) as well as the vocal demands of their role! I don’t just mean the lyrics, but also the fast, double-talking, quick-change deception that they pull off so well! (More than a nod here to their outstanding diction and precise sound system!  I didn’t miss a single, hilarious lie!)

And then the technical wizardry of the Marriott Theatre. Because it’s a theater in the round, placement of the band is a challenge. Ingeniously, the fantastic band is suspended above the stage! Unless you snooped like I did, you’d never notice them. But this gives them proximity to the singers without distracting or blocking anyone in the audience. What a terrific solution! What outstanding results!


A special treat for avid Cole Porter fans:

Don’t miss Musical Theater Historian Multimedia Creator, Charles Troy who will be débuting Cole Porter’s Great Depression at the Skokie Theatre -Go to the Skokie Theatre website. If you can see Charles’ presentation before the show, you will be amazed at how much it enhances your enjoyment of the production, the book and the music!


Anything Goes runs through May 31 at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire (on Milwaukee).

Here’s all the information you need to make both theater and dinner reservations:

The performance schedule is Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Ticket prices range from $50 to $55, excluding tax and handling fees.



On Wednesday and Thursday evenings, there are a limited number of Dinner and Theatre tickets available and can only be purchased through the Marriott Theatre Box Office.

On Friday and Saturday evenings, dinner reservations can be made at the King’s Wharf restaurant.

Additionally on Sundays, dinners in the Fairfield Inn are available.

To make a reservation at either of these two restaurants, please call 847-634-0100.

Free parking is available at all performances.


To reserve tickets, call.

The Marriott Theatre Box Office at 847.634.0200.

For more information visit the Marriott Theatre website

A practical observation: Milwaukee Avenue is under construction. I strongly suggest you allow extra travel time. You don’t want to arrive late or frazzled for this delightful show.


Photos courtesy of Johnny Knight Photography, Mark Campbell Photography and The Marriott Theatre.

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