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Not every piece of theater needs to change the world. Sometimes a show is just plain fun.

Anything Goes is one such show. No need to make it seem deeper than it is; just highlight its tap-dance, romance and happy endings — and, of course, its Cole Porter score.


Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Guy Bolton, P. G. Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay, Russel Crouse
Directed by David Armstrong

You're certain to get a kick out of this lighthearted gem, an ebullition of mistaken identities, misbegotten romance and overall silliness set aboard the luxury ocean liner where Billy Crocker tries to woo the girl of his dreams. The smashing Cole Porter score, considered one of the most glorious in the history of the American Musical Theater, includes You're the Top, I Get a Kick Out of You, It's De-Lovely and, of course, the irresistible title number. The original book combined the talents of two outstanding literary teams: Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse, and Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. Their story mixes an ever-fumbling romance with a tangle of crooks and robbers — adorable nonsense sure to make you forget your cares and tap your feet!

Originally staged in 1934, the show catapulted Ethel Merman into stardom and proved to be one of the biggest hits of the 1930s; its witty songs, dazzling dance and rollicking humor returned to New York in 1962 and 1987 for equally successful runs.

All aboard for this tuneful, tap-dancing, transatlantic romp awash with romance, intrigue and a delightful Cole Porter score!