Regular readers know that Via Meadia spends more time at the opera than on Broadway, but last night we made a venture into midtown Manhattan to see “Anything Goes,” the revival of one of Cole Porter’s greatest.It was a stunner, one showstopping number after another, and when the cast broke out the tap shoes for the first act finale, the entire audience went over the top: it was one of those great theatrical moments when Broadway gets everything right.The one slight downer had nothing to do with what was happening onstage. We only decided relatively late in the day to go, and while I’m glad that we got tickets, finding open seats for a major Broadway hit show on the Saturday night of a three day weekend isn’t the greatest of economic indicators. It’s true that this time of year is often slow on Broadway, so the omen isn’t as grim as it could be, but we got pre-theater dinner reservations at a well known spot and three side by side orchestra seats at a hit on the afternoon of the show.But little problems like the global economy are completely forgotten when you watch Sutton Foster belting out one hit after another; Cole Porter knew what he was doing when he wrote this one during the depths of the Depression, and the music that cheered up our grandparents and great-grandparents eighty years ago still works today.From a Team Mead standpoint, last night was a landmark in another way. I spent some time with the first two Team Mead associates I worked with back when I first joined the Council on Foreign Relations so many years ago. One is now cutting a wide swathe at a major consulting company and has a vision that I think will open significant new prospects for her company; the other was putting the final touches on a major journalistic scoop that will break early this week. We’ll link to it and discuss it here on the site; it’s an important investigative piece that shines a light on some of the worst abuses taking place in the world today. I also got an update on another ex-Team member who helped launch the blog in 2010. Again, good news.One of life’s great slow arriving joys nobody told me about when I was younger is that as you go along in life you get to see people from later generations bloom, grow and achieve in the most amazing ways, and when you’ve helped teach them or work with them at an early stage of their careers, you have a ringside seat for a show as compelling and moving as anything on Broadway: the growth and maturation of a human being.Poll after poll shows that people’s lives become richer and happier as time goes by; that has certainly been true in my case, and last night reminded me of one important reason why this is so. The longer you live, the more the people you know astound you with their intelligence, their accomplishments, their public spirit, their wisdom and their growth.