Play the Songs
Music, dance, laughs, and the age-old tale of Boy Meets Girl… ANYTHING GOES is a hilarious shipboard romp, wrapped around one of Cole Porter’s most magical scores. It’s Delightful, Delicious, and De-Lovely.
Two versions of ANYTHING GOES are available for presentation: this 1962 version and the 1987 Beaumont version, each based on the same story. Both may be accompanied by a piano, a small instrumental combo or a full orchestra. The 1987 Beaumont version has twice as much dance music as this 1962 version, and the orchestration features a shipboard sound derived from the utility band and on-deck acoustics.
Both versions include “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “You’re The Top,” “Bon Voyage,” “Friendship,” “It’s De-Lovely,” “Anything Goes,” “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” “Be Like The Bluebird” and “All Through The Night.” This 1962 version also includes “Heaven Hop,” “Let’s Step Out,” “Let’s Misbehave” and “Take Me Back To Manhattan.” (The 1987 Beaumont version also includes “Easy To Love,” “Goodbye, Little Dream, Goodbye,” “The Gypsy in Me” and “Buddie Beware.”)
Photos by Sharyn Sakimoto, courtesy of Limon Carr Productions
Music samples provided courtesy of Masterworks Broadway and Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
- Musical Numbers
On a gangplank in New York City in 1933, glamorous passengers eagerly board the S.S. American, a luxury liner bound for England. Reporters aggressively photograph the passengers: Wall street executive Elisha J. Whitney; English gentleman Sir Evelyn Oakleigh; his fiancée, debutante Hope Harcourt; Hope’s overbearing mother, Mrs. Wadsworth Harcourt; Bishop Henry Dobson; two Chinese missionaries; and American evangelist-turned-nightclub singer Reno Sweeney, along with her four chorines, or “Angels.”
Whitney’s personal assistant, Billy Crocker, arrives to drop off his boss’s updated passport, and Whitney promptly fires him. Reno, who has known and adored Billy for years, invites him to sail with her as her new emcee (“You’re The Top”). Billy bumps into Hope and is stunned. Apparently, they shared a romantic evening months earlier, and Billy has been searching for Hope ever since. Billy immediately decides, with Reno’s help, to pursue Hope by stowing away on the ship. Gangster Moonface Martin, dressed as a preacher, enters with his girlfriend, Bonnie. They hop onboard just as Bishop Dobson is mistakenly arrested, and the ship sets sail (“Bon Voyage”). Billy, who inadvertently helped Moon board, takes the ticket and passport of Moon’s accomplice, Snake Eyes.
While Sir Evelyn is overcome by seasickness, Billy and Hope rekindle their romance (“It’s DeLovely”). The authorities think Billy is the real Snake Eyes, so Moon and Bonnie help disguise Billy in a sailor’s uniform (“Heaven Hop”). Reno joins the escapade by agreeing to distract Sir Evelyn. Reno, Billy, and Moon celebrate their partnership (“Friendship”). Reno flirts with Evelyn so Moon can catch them in a compromising position, and she realizes she actually likes the Englishman (“I Get A Kick Out Of You”).
Billy manages to evade detection by donning a series of ridiculous disguises. When he’s finally found out, he’s considered a celebrity, and the captain invites him for a drink. Hope is disappointed in Billy for being “a clown,” but Reno assures him things will work out (“Anything Goes”).
The passengers and crew honor Billy as “Public Enemy Number One,” and Bonnie leads a celebration (“Let’s Step Out”). Sir Evelyn and Reno get better acquainted (“Let’s Misbehave”) and Hope gets progressively more disgusted with Billy’s lie. Reno and Moon, still posing as a minister, perform a service to reform “Snake Eyes.” At the service, Evelyn confesses to a youthful tryst with a Chinese girl named Plum Blossom, Billy admits his deceit, and Reno leads a revival (“Blow, Gabriel, Blow”).
Billy and Moon are thrown in the brig. In jail, Billy can’t stop thinking about Hope (“All Through The Night”) so Moon attempts to cheer him up (“Be Like The Bluebird”). The two Chinese missionaries are also jailed for gambling. Hope visits Billy and they reaffirm their love (“All Through The Night” Reprise). Unfortunately, Mrs. Harcourt has arranged for Hope and Evelyn to marry in just a few hours. Billy and Moon come up with a plan; they begin a game of strip poker with the missionaries.
Meanwhile, Reno and the Angels miss life in New York (“Take Me Back To Manhattan”). Evelyn confesses he loves Reno, but he has to follow through on his commitment to marry Hope.
The wedding begins, but it’s soon interrupted by Billy and Moon, disguised as the two Chinese missionaries, along with Reno disguised as Plum Blossom. The three impostors manage to cancel the wedding, and soon Hope and Billy end up together, as do Reno and Sir Evelyn, Bonnie and Moon, and Mrs. Harcourt and Mr. Whitney. The captain receives a telegram from Washington saying Moonface Martin is “Not wanted. Entirely harmless. Wouldn’t hurt a flea.” Despite Moon’s bitter disappointment, the entire company celebrates together (Finale: “You’re The Top”).
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Guy Bolton, P. G. Wodehouse,
Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
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Choose either Full Orchestration or Combo Instrumentation
2 Violin I
1 Violin II
1 Reed I: Flute, Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
1 Reed II: Flute, Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
1 Reed III: Oboe, Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
1 Reed IV: Bass Clarinet & Baritone Saxophone (Optional Bassoon)
2 Trumpets I & II
1 Trumpet III
Timpani (3 Drums)
Snare Drum (brushes & sticks)
Tom Toms (2 Pitches)
1 Guitar & Banjo
1 Cued Piano-Conductor’s Score with orchestra cues for Conductor and Piano-Celeste
1 Reed I: Flute, Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
1 Reed II: Oboe, Tenor Saxophone & Baritone Saxophone
Timpani (3 Drums)
Snare Drum (brushes & sticks)
Tom Toms (2 Pitches)
1 Guitar – Banjo
Piano (Piano-Conductor’s score sent with Rehearsal Material)
2 Piano/Conductor Scores
20 Libretto/Vocal Books
(4 female; 3 male)
Sir Evelyn Oakleigh* — English gentleman
Mrs. Wadsworth T. Harcourt* — mother of Hope; society matron
Hope Harcourt* — engaged to Sir Evelyn
Reno Sweeney* — nightclub singer, former evangelist
Billy Crocker* — Whitney’s “general manager,” in love with Hope
Moonface Martin* — Public Enemy No. 13
Bonnie* — moll, traveling with Moon.
Elisha J. Whitney — Wall Street executive; lush
Steward — of the liner “American”
Reporter (Charlie) — for the Globe American
Cameraman — for the Globe American
Bishop (Henry T. Dobson) — missionary
First Chinese (Ching) — Christian convert and gambler
Second Chinese (Ling) — Christian convert and gambler
Purser — of the liner “American”
Captain — skipper of the liner “American”
Chastity (Angel) — a girl in the backup vocal quartet for Reno’s act
Purity (Angel) — a girl in the backup vocal quartet for Reno’s act
Virtue (Angel) — a girl in the backup vocal quartet for Reno’s act
Charity (Angel) — a girl in the backup vocal quartet for Reno’s act
Sailors — ship’s crew
Girl 1 — passenger
Girl 2 — passenger
Girl 3 — passenger
Sailors & Passengers
Doubling roles with single lines of dialogue
Drunk — (Act I, Scene 8), (Act II, Scene 1)
Off-Stage Voice — (Act I, Scene 8)
Chorus (response shouts) — (Act II, Scene 1)
Doubling roles with no dialogue
Several Girls — (Act I, Scene 1) to model for the photographer;
(Act I, Scene 8) to accommodate entrances for Whitney and Moon)
[No original cast size from the original off-Broadway production available yet]
ANYTHING GOES opened on May 15, 1962 at the Orpheum Theatre in New York with Eileen Rodgers and Hal Linden as Reno Sweeney and Billy Crocker.
New York Outer Circle Critics Award for Best Revival.
1. Opening – Orchestra
2. Reno’s Entrance, Three Fanfares – Orchestra
3. “You’re The Top” – Bill & Reno
4. Moon’s Entrance – Orchestra
5. “Bon Voyage” – Full Company
6. Change Music: Bon Voyage – Orchestra
7. “It’s De-lovely” – Billy, Hope, & Chorus
8. Change Music: De-lovely – Orchestra
9. Change Music: Bon Voyage – Orchestra
10. “Heaven Hop” – Bonnie & Girls
11. “Friendship” – Billy, Reno, & Moon
12. Change Music: Friendship – Orchestra
13. Change Music: Bon Voyage – Orchestra
14. “I Get A Kick Out Of You” – Reno
15. “Anything Goes” – Reno & Chorus
16. Encore: “Anything Goes” – Reno & Chorus
17. “Public Enemy Number One” – Chorus
18. “Let’s Step Out” – Bonnie & Chorus
19. “Let’s Misbehave” – Reno & Sir Evelyn
20. “Blow, Gabrielle, Blow” – Reno & Chorus
21. “All Through The Night” – Billy & Hope
22. “Be Like The Bluebird” – Moon
23. Reprise: “All Through The Night” – Billy & Hope
24. Change Music: Bon Voyage – Orchestra
25. “Take Me Back To Manhattan” – Reno & The 4 Angels
26. Wedding Music – Orchestra
27. Chinese Bit – Orchestra
28. Finale: “You’re The Top” – Full Company
29. Bows and Exit Music — Orchestra
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