April 7, 2011
Nightclub singer/evangelist Reno Sweeney is en route from New York to England aboard the S.S. American. Her pal Billy Crocker has stowed away to be near his love, Hope Harcourt, though Hope is engaged to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Joining this love triangle on board the luxury liner are Public Enemy #13, Moonface Martin, and his sidekick-in-crime, Erma. With the help of some elaborate disguises, tap-dancing sailors and good old-fashioned blackmail, Reno and Martin join forces to help Billy win Hope’s heart.
The original idea for Anything Goes came from producer Vinton Freedley, who was living on a boat in the Gulf of Panama when he left the U.S. to avoid his creditors. His initial idea centered on an ocean liner facing the threat of a possible shipwreck, but that idea was scrapped after the real-life ocean liner S. S. Morro Castle went down off the Eastern coast of the United States.
The show debuted on Broadway in 1935 starring Ethel Merman in the role of Reno Sweeney. Patti LuPone headlined a successful 1987 Broadway revival.
Music and lyrics by Cole Porter; original book by Guy Bolton, P.G. Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse; revised book by John Weidman and Timothy Crouse.
Roundabout Theatre Company
—Broadway.com Audience Choice Award nomination for Favorite Musical Revival
—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical
—Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical
—Drama League nomination for Distinguished Revival of a Musical
Songs from Anything Goes have appeared in films like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Blazing Saddles, as well as episodes of I Love Lucy and The Simpsons.