Cole Porter's
Anything Goes!
Wed, Aug 10, 7:30 - 10:00 pm
Silva Concert Hall, Hult Center
One of the most beloved shows of the pre-Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway theatre, Cole Porter's Anything Goes has undergone two major revisions (one in 1962 and another in 1987) since its triumphant 1934 premiere at the Alvin Theater in New York. The revivals significantly changed the original story and added Porter songs from other shows while deleting existing songs or even assigning them to different characters! OFAM is proud to present, for the first time on stage since its original New York and London productions, an Anything Goes that returns to the original book by Guy Bolton, P. G. Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay, and Russel Crouse–the way it was originally performed in 1934! This unique production, directed by Richard Jessup with musical direction by the Eugene Opera's Robert Ashens, will be a rare theatrical event not to be missed. We invite even those intimately familiar with Anything Goes to come and see it again…for the very first time!

Act I, Scene 1

We open in the bar of a fashionable New York hotel. Business magnate Elisha J. Whitney enters and reveals to the bartender that before sailing that evening to close a big business deal in London, he needs a strong drink to muster the courage to fire his office manager, Billy Crocker. The ever-cheerful Billy arrives and informs Whitney that he’s bound to have a great time aboard ship, because the evangelist-turned-nightclub singer Reno Sweeny and her Angels are also passengers. Despite their friendship, Whitney fires young Billy. Reno enters, and Billy introduces her to his now-former employer. Reno, who has a crush on Billy, suggests to Whitney that he bring Billy along on the voyage. Embarrassed, Whitney excuses himself. Billy explains what a great time Reno will have in London, but she comments that it makes a difference that he won’t be there (“I Get a Kick Out of You”). Billy tells her that he’ll go down to the ship to see her off, and after she leaves, confides in the bartender that he and Reno are “just playmates”, and that he has met another girl.

Scene 2

We meet the passengers as they board the ship (“Bon Voyage”), their departure covered by a reporter and photographer for the ‘Society’ page of the paper – unfortunately, the only celebrity on board appears to be Reno. Other passengers photographed include Sir Evelyn Oakleigh (a rich English Gentleman), Hope Harcourt (American debutante and Evelyn's fiancée), Mrs. Wadsworth Harcourt (Hope's mother), Bishop Henry Dobson (a minister), and Ching and Ling (two of Bishop Dobson's Chinese converts). Billy, who is looking for Reno, bumps into Whitney, who is touched to think his former employee has come to see him off. Whitney suddenly remembers that, in his haste to leave the office, he has forgotten to get a signature on a contract and thus can be left out of the very deal that is taking him abroad. Whitney swiftly rehires Billy, who vows to race back to the Waldorf to obtain the signature. Two federal detectives come on board, looking for “a couple of muggs trying to make a getaway” –one dressed as a preacher. Enter Moon Face Martin, dressed as a clergyman (The Reverend Doctor Moon), Bonnie, the moll of notorious gangster Snake Eyes Johnson – Public Enemy Number One. Searching for Snake Eyes, who’s supposed to join them on board, they encounter Bishop Dodson, who mistakes Moon for the real thing – just before the federal men drag the Bishop off the ship in the show’s first (of many) cases of mistaken identity.
Billy is about to debark to get that signature, when a girl appears – his true love, Hope Harcourt, en route to London to marry Lord Evelyn. Billy suggests that she leave the ship with him immediately and get married, she rebuffs him. Billy is torn – does he leave the ship and get that signature, saving his job, or does he stay on board to try and convince his love that she’s making a terrible mistake? He decides to stay, but lacks a ticket and passport. Moon, having taken a fancy to Billy, offers him Snake Eyes Johnson’s ticket and stateroom berth, as his fellow gangster was “detained” before reaching the ship.
On the upper deck, Hope and Evelyn are walking in the moonlight, but Hope is the only one enjoying it. Billy appears and encourages Evelyn’s notion that he is sea-sick, which sends the Englishman to his cabin to retire. Hope explains that her impending marriage is a marriage of convenience for the financial well-being of her family – but it’s apparent that she prefers Billy (“All Through the Night”).

Scene 3

The next morning, Billy returns from his romantic night on deck with Hope. He must change clothes, but has no luggage. Moon steals Whitney’s shoes and, because Billy must hide from his nearsighted boss, Whitney’s eyeglasses. Billy hides in Whitney’s cabin when the purser arrives with a bucket of ice.

Scene 4

Event Personnel
Creative Team
Richard H. Jessup, Director & choreographer
Robert Ashens, music director & conductor
Jerry Hooker, set design
Cast
Bill Hulings, Billy Crocker
Susannah Mars, Reno Sweeney
Patrick Torelle, Reverend Dr. Moon
Lyn Burg, Bonnie LeTour
Ron Daum, Evelyn Oakleigh
Evynne Hollens, Hope Harcourt
Kara Churchill, Angel
Scenes & Musical Numbers
 Overture
(1934)
 I Get A Kick Out Of You
(1934) Anything Goes
Words & music by Cole Porter
-- Reno
 Bon Voyage
(1934)
Words & music by Cole Porter
 There's No Cure Like Travel
(1934)
Words & music by Cole Porter
-- Ensemble
 All Through The Night
(1934) Anything Goes
Words & music by Cole Porter
-- Hope & Billy
 There'll Always Be A Lady Fair
(1934)
Words & music by Cole Porter
 Sailor's Chantey
(1934)
Words & music by Cole Porter
-- Four Sailors
 Where Are The Men?
(1934)
Words & music by Cole Porter
-- Bonnie, Anels and Girls
 You're The Top
(1934) Anything Goes
Words & music by Cole Porter
-- Reno & Billy
 Sailor's Chantey (reprise)
(1934)
Words & music by Cole Porter
-- Four Sailors
 You're The Top (short reprise)
(1934) Anything Goes
Words & music by Cole Porter
-- Reno & Billy
 Entr'Acte
(1934)
Music by Cole Porter
-- Orchestra
 Public Enemy Number One
(1934)
Words & music by Cole Porter
-- Passengers & Crew
 Blow, Gabriel, Blow
(1934) Anything Goes
Words & music by Cole Porter
-- Reno, Ensemble
 Be Like The Bluebird
(1934)
Words & music by Cole Porter
-- Reverend Moon
 All Through The Night (reprise)
(1934) Anything Goes
Words & music by Cole Porter
-- Hope & Billy
 The Gypsy In Me
(1934)
Words & music by Cole Porter
-- Hope
 Buddie, Beware
(1934)
Words & music by Cole Porter
-- Reno
 Finale (You're The Top/Anything Goes)
(1934)
Music by Cole Porter
-- Entire Company
Featured composers, lyricists, creators
Ticket/Venue Info
Anything Goes Ticket Prices
Seat LvlFull PriceDiscount Prices
15%  20%  25%  Stud. 
AA46.00  39.25  37.00  34.50  23.00 
A36.00  30.75  29.00  27.00  18.00 
B28.00  24.00  22.50  21.00  14.00 
C18.00  15.50  14.50  13.50  9.00 
Silva Concert Hall
Hult Center for the Performing Arts
One Eugene Center
Eugene, Oregon
541-682-5000

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Cole Porter Musical Overview
Cole Porter Schedule
Monday Aug 1
6:00 pmIt's De-Lovely
Thursday Aug 4
10:00 amBorn To Dance
4:30 pmMovie Bios of Porter
7:30 pmAll Of You
Friday Aug 5
10:00 amKiss Me, Kate
1:30 pmJazz Transformations
2:30 pmNow You Has Jazz
4:30 pmAround The World w/ Porter
7:30 pmCole Jazz
Saturday Aug 6
10:00 amYou're The Top! Marathon
2:30 pmKiss Me, Kate
4:30 pmRestoring Anything Goes
7:30 pmAnything Goes!
Sunday Aug 7
2:30 pmAnything Goes!
Tuesday Aug 9
7:30 pmAnything Goes!
Wednesday Aug 10
10:00 amPanama Hattie
2:30 pmLet's Do It!
4:30 pmClassic Paris
7:30 pmAnything Goes!
7:30 pmPorter In Paris
Thursday Aug 11
10:00 amSilk Stockings
2:30 pmI Get A Kick
4:30 pmPorter As Balladeer
7:30 pmClassic Porter
Friday Aug 12
10:00 amFilm: Can-Can
2:30 pmYou're Sensational
4:30 pmSong Styles
7:30 pmAnything Goes!
Saturday Aug 13
7:30 pmAll Through The Night
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