To borrow from the nice Cole Porter, you’ll get a kick out of Sutton Foster.
Because the brassy Reno Sweeney, the Youthful star is positively ageless in a giddy revival of Porter’s Thirties musical, Something Goes. When she’s not belting traditional tunes (“You’re the High,” “Blow, Gabriel, Blow”), Foster jokes and tirelessly faucets her manner into musical-comedy heaven. She beams and glows with delight as she delivers this timeless materials with verve and blissfully old style showmanship.
At present packing New York’s Winter Backyard Theatre reverse Hugh Jackman in a Tony-nominated smash-hit revival of The Music Man, Foster had an earlier success on Broadway with Something Goes (profitable a 2011 Tony Award), extra lately reprising the position on London’s West Finish (incomes a 2022 Olivier Award nomination). On this swank Nice Performances presentation, filmed throughout her run final 12 months at London’s Barbican Theatre, Foster’s wisecracking entertainer Reno (“I’ll be saving sinners twice an evening within the ship’s lounge”) is the indefatigable lifetime of the get together aboard the ocean liner SS American, a ship filled with dancing fools the place a cornball farce unfolds that’s virtually too foolish for phrases.
Neglect what there’s of the plot involving mistaken identities, gangsters and moony-eyed ingenues. (When a personality complains, “I’m undecided I observe this,” you’ll nod in completely happy settlement.) Something Goes is pure leisure, a assured two-and-a-half-hour grin, with showstoppers that embrace Foster’s hilarious “Friendship” duet with a marvelously hammy Robert Lindsay (as “Public Enemy#13,” Moonface Martin) and the indelible title music that gives the Act 1 finale.
A glimpse of stocking might not be regarded on as one thing surprising, however irrespective of how usually you watch this rousing and tongue-twisting dance quantity—Kathleen Marshall received a well-deserved Tony for her playful choreography—chances are you’ll really feel like giving this nice performer and the remainder of the forged a standing ovation in your personal front room.
Something Goes, Friday, Could 13, 9/8c, PBS (test native listings at pbs.org)