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Like you, I saw the '88 "Anything Goes" live. However, unlike you, I also saw the '11 production. I enjoy Patti LuPone and enjoyed the '88 performance. However, the '88 video looks soooo static compared to Sutton Foster. Patti sings, and then recedes to the background. Those on top of the ship merely bounce. The entire new production is kinetic and tightly executed. Patti is the matron of Broadway musicals. Sutton, who sings, acts and dances very well, is the vivacious present.

As a whole, I enjoyed the entire show, including Mark Rylance. That's what live television is for. And the closing rap, like last year's, was great, especially considering it being composed as the show went on. I don't know what Frances McDormand's issue was. Even her post acceptance photos look like mug shots. I would be curious about the backstory there. I liked Whoopi's hat, just like I liked Aretha's hat @ the inauguration. She's a comedienne/actress! Like Sutton Foster, N. L. Butz seems to be great in anything he does, even if the show's a stinker. I saw him in "Thou Shalt Not" and "Is He Dead?"

Also, plaudits to the production staff/crew for pulling this off, with no stage wings nor pit @ the Beacon. CBS did a wonderful job of showcasing its intereior. If you haven't been there, since its facelift, check it out while it still has that "new hall look."

Linda Seitz

Wished I had seen more of the show so I could comment better. I enjoyed the comments made by you and Darrell. I liked what I did see. Glad to be one of the special people to a certain extent this year!

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