Anything Goes is a musical with music and lyrics written by Cole Porter. The book was a joint effort by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse. The story is related to madcap antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London. Billy Crocker is a stowaway in love with heiress Hope Harcourt, who is engaged to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh.
Nightclub singer named Reno Sweeney and Public Enemy number 13 Moonface Martin aid Billy in his quest to win Hope. The musical features such songs as "Anything Goes," "You're the Top," and "I Get a Kick Out of You”. Since its debut in the year 1935 at the Neil Simon Theatre at the time known as the Alvin on Broadway, the musical has been revived many times in the United States and Britain and has been filmed 2 times.
The musical has long been a famous choice for school and community productions. Anything Goes is a mockery set below decks on an ocean liner bound for London from New York. The original concept came from producer Vinton Freedley, who was living on a boat, having left the United States to avoid his creditors. He chose the writing team, and the star, Ethel Merman. The first draft of the show was titled the ‘Crazy Week’, which became ‘Hard to Get’, and at last ‘Anything Goes’.