Anything Goes
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


Grand Rapids Players Production
Director John Schroeder
Assistant Director Steve Jaeger
Choral Director Adam Giebner
Orchestral Director Dan Carlson
Choreographer Marina Whight

A hilarious shipboard romp wrapped in one of Cole Porter's most magical scores. It's Delightful, Delicious, and De-Lovely!

AUDITIONS:

July 23 & 24 - at The Reif

July 23: 4-7 July 24: 10-2

Download Audition Form Here.

Rehearsal Schedule Draft 1 Here.

PERFORMANCES:

October 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10

Anything Goes (2018 Revision) — Synopsis

Act I

 

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”).

Act II

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”).

Anything Goes (2018 Revision) — Cast List

Principals
(3 female; 4 male)

Reno Sweeney — a brassy evangelist turned nightclub singer
Hope Harcourt — a well-known 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 tough gangster’s moll

Supporting
(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 (2018 Revision) — Musical Numbers

Act I

 

1. Overture – Orchestra
2. Underscore: Buddie, Beware – Orchestra
3. “I Get A Kick Out Of You” – Reno
3a. Reprise: “I Get a Kick Out Of You” – Reno
4. “There’s No Cure Like Travel” – Captain & Sailors
5. “Bon Voyage” – Sailors & Passengers
6. “You’re The Top” – Reno & Billy
6a. Playoff: You’re The Top – Orchestra
7. “Easy To Love” – Billy
7a. Reprise: “Easy To Love” – Hope
8. “The Crew Song” – Whitney
8a. Crew Move #1 – Orchestra
8b. Crew Move #2 – Orchestra
9. “There’ll Always Be A Lady Fair” – Quartet of Sailors
10. “Friendship” – Reno & Moon
10a. Chaser: Friendship – Orchestra
11. “It’s De-lovely” – Billy & Hope
12. “Anything Goes” – Reno & Chorus

Act II

13. Entr’acte – Orchestra
14. “Public Enemy Number One” – Captain, Purser & Passengers
15. Gabriel Entrance – Orchestra
16. “Blow, Gabriel, Blow” – Reno & Chorus
16a. “Dance: Blow, Gabriel, Blow” – Reno & Chorus
16b. Playoff: Blow Gabriel, Blow – Orchestra
17. “Goodbye, Little Dream, Goodbye” – Hope
17a. Scene Change: Goodbye – Orchestra
18. “Be Like The Bluebird” – Moon
19. “All Through The Night” – Billy, Hope & Quartet of Sailors
19a.  Scene Change: All Through The Night – Orchestra
20. “The Gypsy In Me” – Evelyn
20a.  Playoff:  Gypsy In Me – Orchestra
20b.  Scene Change:  Bon Voyage – Orchestra
21. “Buddie, Beware” – Erma & Quartet of Sailors
22. Wedding March – Orchestra
22a. Little Plum Blossom – Orchestra
23. Finale: “It’s De-lovely” – Soloists & Chorus
24. Bows – Orchestra
25. Exit Music – Orchestra