Anything Goes (Beaumont 1987)


Music, dance, laughs, and the age-old tale of Boy Meets Girl– no musical puts it on stage better than ANYTHING GOES! A hilarious shipboard romp, wrapped around one of Cole Porter’s most magical scores, ANYTHING GOES is Delightful, Delicious, and De-Lovely.

Two versions of ANYTHING GOES are available for presentation: the 1962 version and this 1987 Beaumont version, each based on the same story. Both may be accompanied by a piano, a small instrumental combo or a full orchestra. This 1987 Beaumont version has twice as much dance music as the 1962 version, and the orchestration features a shipboard sound derived from the utility band and on-deck acoustics. Both versions include “It’s De-Lovely,” “Friendship,” “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “All Through The Night,” “Anything Goes,” “You’re The Top” and “Blow, Gabriel, Blow.” This 1987 Beaumont version also includes “Buddie Beware” and “Easy To Love.” (The 1962 version also includes “Take Me Back To Manhattan” and “Let’s Misbehave.”)

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  • Synopsis
  • Credits
  • Orchestration
  • Rehearsal Materials
  • Cast List
  • Brief History
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  • In a New York City bar in the early 1930s, successful Wall Street banker Elisha Whitney waits impatiently for his assistant, Billy Crocker. Billy drops off some items for Whitney’s upcoming vacation, but forgets Whitney’s passport. Billy agrees to deliver it on the cruise ship the following morning. As Whitney exits, Billy’s old friend Reno Sweeny arrives. A sexy Evangelist turned nightclub singer, Reno plans to travel on the same boat as Whitney. Reno is quite fond of Billy (“I Get A Kick Out Of You”), but Billy is in love with a girl named Hope Harcourt.

    The next morning, The SS American is set to sail (“There’s No Cure Like Travel”). The ship’s passengers include: American debutante Hope Harcourt; her wealthy English fiancé Lord Evelyn Oakleigh; Hope’s widowed mother, Evangeline Harcourt; Minister Henry T. Dobson and his two Chinese converts, Luke and John; Reno Sweeny and her four showgirl Angels; and gangster (and Public Enemy #13) Moonface Martin, disguised as a minister, with his accomplice Erma. When Billy boards the ship, Whitney tells him to sell all shares of Amalgamated stock. But Billy is distracted when he discovers that Hope is sailing with her fiancé. He inadvertently identifies Minister Dobson as Moonface Martin, so two F.B.I. agents throw the minister in the ship’s brig, leaving his two converts to wander the ship without supervision.

    Moonface and Erma thank Billy by offering him the unused ticket of their friend, Snake Eyes Johnson, who is wanted by the FBI as Public Enemy # 1. Billy, determined to win Hope’s heart, accepts the ticket just as the ship sets off (“Bon Voyage/There’s No Cure Like Travel”). Reno agrees to help Billy, but first she has to boost his confidence (“You’re The Top”). While Evelyn nurses a bout of seasickness, Billy spends some time alone with Hope (“Easy To Love”), but she feels obligated to marry Evelyn. Meanwhile, Whitney, an old Yale man, unsuccessfully attempts to woo Evangeline (“The Crew Song”).

    Moonface and Erma come clean to Billy, and they help disguise him as a sailor (“There’ll Always Be A Lady Fair”). While Billy masquerades as a sailor, Luke and John earn some winnings by expertly playing cards and shooting craps. Moon and Reno come up with a plan for Reno to seduce Evelyn and break off his engagement to Hope (“Friendship”). Though the plan fails, Reno develops a genuine romantic interest in Evelyn.

    While donning crazy disguises, Billy and Moon tell Evangeline that Evelyn is insane, but Hope reveals Billy’s true identity. Hope is distraught by Billy’s antics, but – with Reno’s encouragement – she warms to his advances (“It’s De-lovely”). The Purser finally catches Billy and arrests him for being Snake Eyes Johnson, Public Enemy Number 1. The captain and passengers are thrilled to have a celebrity onboard, however, and they all rejoice (“Anything Goes”).

    As Act II opens, Billy and Moon continue to receive star treatment (“Public Enemy Number One”). Reno and her Angels lead a nightclub act that is part entertainment, part religious revival. Several passengers confess to immoral behavior in the past: Evelyn confesses to a youthful tryst with a Chinese girl named Plum Blossom, and Billy apologizes to Hope, admitting his deceit. Reno leads a rousing musical celebration (“Blow, Gabriel, Blow”), but the passengers are outraged that Billy is no celebrity, so Billy and Moon are sent to the ship’s brig. Evangeline announces that Hope and Evelyn will be married in the morning, and Hope is devastated (“Goodbye, Little Dream, Goodbye”).

    In jail, Moon tries to cheer Billy up (“Be Like The Blue Bird”) and Billy receives a love note from Hope (“All Through The Night”). Meanwhile on deck, Evelyn realizes he’s in love with Reno (“The Gypsy in Me”). Luke and John are jailed for gambling onboard. Reno visits the jail, and updates Billy and Moon. Together, they beat the two converts in a game of strip poker, changing clothes with them in order to be released. Meanwhile, on deck, Erma entertains a group of sailors (“Buddie, Beware”).

    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 Evelyn, and Evangeline and Whitney. Billy confesses that he never sold the shares of Amalgamated stock, but a telegram arrives saying that Amalgamated stock has gone through the roof, and Whitney is richer than ever! As the captain officiates a triple wedding, the entire company celebrates (Finale: “It’s De-lovely”).

    Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
    Original Book by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton
    and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse
    New Book by Timothy Crouse & John Weidman

    The names of the Authors shall appear immediately below the title. No credits, other than those for the Licensee and stars and the name of the theatre, shall appear above the title; no one other than the Licensee and stars billed above the title shall receive a credit larger or more prominent than the Authors.

    The Licensee shall afford the following credit on the title page of the program for the production:

    This version of Anything Goes was originally produced on Broadway by
    Lincoln Center Theater in 1987

    The title page of the program shall contain the following announcement in type size at least one-half the size of the authors’ credits:

    is presented by arrangement with
    560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022

  • NOTE: Authorized performance and rehearsal tracks for ANYTHING GOES (Beaumont 1987) are available from The MT Pit. For more information, visit

    Choose either Full Orchestration or Flexible Combo (Flexbo)

    Full Orchestration

    1 Reed 1: Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
    1 Reed 2: Flute, Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone & Alto Saxophone
    1 Reed 3: Oboe (or Clarinet), English Horn (or Clarinet), Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
    1 Reed 4: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone & Baritone Saxophone

    1 Trumpet 1 & 2 (both doubling Flugelhorn)
    1 Trumpet 3 (doubling Flugelhorn)
    1 Trombone 1
    1 Trombone 2
    1 Trombone 3 (Bass Trombone)

    2 Percussion 1 & 2:
    Trap Set Player: Bass Drum, Snare Drum, Tom-Toms, Floor Tom, Cow Bell, Wood Block, Small & Large Triangle, Temple Blocks, Cymbals (various Suspended, Splash, Chip, Ride), Hi-Hat & Gong.
    Mallet Player: Glockenspiel (Bells), Vibraphone, Xylophone, Marimba, Snare Drum, Field Drum (or Snare Drum w/o snares), Bongo Drums, Suspended Cymbal, Piatti, Finger Cymbals, Small Triangle, Cow Bell, Wood Block, Ship’s Bell, Temple Blocks, Maracas, Castanets, Cabasa, Tambourine, Ratchet, Sandpaper Blocks, Bird Whistle & Siren Whistle.
    1 Guitar (doubling Banjo and 12-String Guitar)
    1 Piano (doubling Keyboard Synthesizer for Celesta, Harmonium, Harpsichord & Church Organ registrations)

    1 Violin (One Player)
    1 Bass

    Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material.

    Optional additional materials are available (see list under Rehearsal Materials).

    Flexible Combo (Flexbo)

    The Flexbo is the best way to have the advantage of orchestral writing while using a smaller ensemble. The foundation of a Broadway orchestration is the rhythm section: Piano, Bass and Drums. The remainder of the orchestra — woodwinds, brass and strings — are the “melodic” parts added to provide richness, depth and tonal color. The number of players required for these added parts may be as few as nine and more often twenty to twenty-five. The four Flexbo parts, A, B, C and D, contain the essential musical lines heard from the “melodic” instruments in the full orchestration. While the best results will be achieved using all four Flexbo parts, they have been cued so that even fewer of them can be used.

    1 Flexbo A: Trumpet
    1 Flexbo B: Alto Saxophone, Clarinet & optional Flute & Piccolo
    1 Flexbo C: Tenor Saxophone & Clarinet
    1 Flexbo D: Trombone

    2 Percussion 1 & 2: (Mallet Player is optional)
    Trap Set Player: Bass Drum, Snare Drum, Tom-Toms, Floor Tom, Cow Bell, Wood Block, Small & Large Triangle, Temple Blocks, Cymbals (various Suspended, Splash, Chip, Ride), Hi-Hat & Gong.
    Mallet Player: Glockenspiel (Bells), Vibraphone, Xylophone, Marimba, Snare Drum, Field Drum (or Snare Drum w/o snares), Bongo Drums, Suspended Cymbal, Piatti, Finger Cymbals, Small Triangle, Cow Bell, Wood Block, Ship’s Bell, Temple Blocks, Maracas, Castanets, Cabasa, Tambourine, Ratchet, Sandpaper Blocks, Bird Whistle & Siren Whistle.
    1 Guitar (doubling Banjo & Twelve String Guitar); optional
    1 Bass

    Piano (playing from Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material)

    The Flexbo arrangement has been designed to sound complete when played by Piano only, or with the addition of one to eight players. The Piano is essential and must use the Piano-Conductor’s Score.

    Parts A, B, C and D must be added in alphabetical order. (Part B may not be used without Part A, etc.)

    The rhythm section players may be added to the Piano in any sequence, although Bass and one Percussion (on trap set) are more valuable than the two optional parts, the Guitar and the second Percussion (on mallet instruments).

  • 1       Piano Conductor’s Score
    1       Prompt Book
    30     Prompt Books with Vocal Parts for Cast & Chorus

    Original Cast CD, if available, is sent with perusal material.

    Optional Additional Materials

    1      Tams Rehearsal Aid
    1      Full Score (Partitur) in 2 volumes is available, at an additional charge, with the rental of the full orchestration. [SAMPLE]

    NOTE: Authorized performance and rehearsal tracks for ANYTHING GOES (Beaumont 1987) are available from The MT Pit. For more information, visit

  • Principals

    (3 female; 4 male)

    Reno Sweeney — a sexy evangelist turned nightclub singer
    Hope Harcourt — a beautiful debutante
    Lord Evelyn Oakleigh — a wealthy Englishman
    Elisha Whitney — a google-eyed tycoon
    Billy Crocker — Whitney’s young assistant
    Moonface Martin — a hapless gangster, Public Enemy No. 13
    Erma — a sexy gangster’s moll


    (5 female; 8 male)

    Evangeline Harcourt — Hope’s mother, a widow [non-singing]
    Luke and John — two Chinese converts

    Captain — of the S.S. American
    Purser — aboard the S.S. American

    Purity — Showgirl Angel #1 with Reno’s act
    Chastity — Showgirl Angel #2 with Reno’s act
    Charity — Showgirl Angel #3 with Reno’s act
    Virtue — Showgirl Angel #4 with Reno’s act

    Male Quartet of Sailors

    Assorted Others

    Fred — a bartender
    Henry T. Dobson — a minister
    2 Reporters
    News Photographer
    2 F.B.I Agents
    Old Lady in a Wheelchair

    Various Sailors
    Various Passengers — men and women

    Ship’s Crew — male chorus/dancers
    Ship’s Passengers — men and women, singers/dancers

    The original Broadway production had a cast of 32 performers, including chorus. Some doubling was employed in the minor parts.

  • ANYTHING GOES (Beaumont 1987) played for 784 performances on Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre starring Patty LuPone, Howard McGillin and Bill McCutcheon.

    In 2011 the show was revived at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on Broadway, where it played for 521 performances starring Sutton Foster and Joel Grey.

    Awards (1988)

    3 Tony Awards for Revival, Leading Actress and Choreography
    3 Drama Desk Awards for Revival, Actress and Choreography
    The Theatre World Award (Linda Hart)

    Awards (2011)

    3 Tony Awards for Revival, Leading Actress and Choreography
    5 Drama Desk Awards for Revival, Leading Actress, Choreography, Sound Design and Set Design

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