While the story of this musical play has gone through four major revisions-each paired with a production revival-Anything Goes’ magic is rooted in its solid music courtesy of the incomparable Cole Porter. The first version of its libretto, of course, is the original 1934 production. This version sets the backbone of the story which remains largely unchanged by the play’s 1962, 1987, and 2011 revival productions. The big changes introduced by later revivals focus on bringing back a cut scene as well as different musical sequences. Some songs have also been changed. On the whole, the story that weaves the whole musical together remains the same.
Classic Cole Porter numbers like ‘I get a kick out of you’ (popularized by Frank Sinatra and others), Anything Goes, punctuate this rather light, breezy, and highly entertaining musical. Besides the music, there are certain classic story elements that make the play easy to relate to even in this day and age. We might be living in a world with vastly different technologies and attitudes as 1930s Depression-era America but certain topical elements from Anything Goes still manage to resonate with us today.