Anything Goes (1962)


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.

  • Synopsis
  • Credits
  • Orchestration
  • Materials
  • Cast
  • History
  • Musical Numbers
  • Upcoming
  • Act I

    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”).

    Act II

    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

    Full Orchestration

    2 Violin I
    1 Violin II
    1 Viola
    1 Cello
    1 Bass

    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
    1 Trombone

    1 Percussion:
    Timpani (3 Drums)
    Snare Drum (brushes & sticks)
    Bass Drum
    Tom Toms (2 Pitches)
    Bongo Drums
    Suspended Cymbal
    Tam Tam
    Ship’s Bell
    Temple Blocks
    Wood Block

    1 Guitar & Banjo
    1 Cued Piano-Conductor’s Score with orchestra cues for Conductor and Piano-Celeste

    Combo Instrumentation

    1 Bass

    1 Reed I: Flute, Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
    1 Reed II: Oboe, Tenor Saxophone & Baritone Saxophone

    1 Trumpet
    1 Trombone

    1 Percussion:
    Timpani (3 Drums)
    Snare Drum (brushes & sticks)
    Bass Drum
    Tom Toms (2 Pitches)
    Bongo Drums
    Suspended Cymbal
    Tam Tam
    Ship’s Bell
    Temple Blocks
    Wood Block

    1 Guitar – Banjo

    Piano (Piano-Conductor’s score sent with Rehearsal Material)

  • Rehearsal Materials

    2       Piano/Conductor Scores
    20     Libretto/Vocal Books

  • Principals

    (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

    *(principal singers)

    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.

    Awards (1962)

    New York Outer Circle Critics Award for Best Revival.

  • Act I

    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

    Act II

    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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