Anything Goes
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  • WigWag

    “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.” (Walter Russell Mead)

    Just think of “Anything Goes” as light opera. The witty, urbane and talented Cole Porter is certainly the closest an American has ever come to resembling Gilbert and Sullivan.

    I hate to think of what you must have paid for those tickets. Somehow I can’t picture the august Professor Mead standing on the TKTS line for reduced price tickets.

  • Anthony

    “One of life’s great slow arriving joys…is that as you go along in life you get to see people from later generations bloom, grow, and achieve….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.” A great testimony WRM underscored by commentary on enjoyable Broadway Play.

  • Eurydice

    Isn’t it marvelous? Cole Porter, yes – but mostly, I mean how amazing humans can be.

  • dearieme

    ” One is now cutting a wide swathe at a major consulting company…”: have a care, sir – that is capable of another interpretation.

  • Gary L

    I’m not surprised that a foreign policy maven like WRM would gravitate towards Cole Porter, given that one of Porter’s Harvard roommates was none other than the great Dean Acheson. James Chace, one of his biographers,states that Acheson’s tolerance for theater was rather low, and that he often left in the middle of a play he found too dull or pretentious. But he always made an exception for Cole Porter musicals, and Porter was always conscientious about sending him tickets.

    I recently attended an excellent revue of Porter by the Actors Theater of Carmel Indiana. Not quite the rarefied heights of the Great White Way, but on the other hand, we could rejoice in the authenticity of our locale – we were a mere 56 miles from Porter’s birthplace in Peru IN.

    • Walter Russell Mead

      @Gary L: James Chace was a friend of mine, and Acheson is a fellow alumnus of Pundit High. Perhaps there is something in what you say.

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