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300 King St, Toronto, ON M5V 1J2

Anything Goes

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Closed August 25, 2013

Vintage Broadway musicals were about pure pleasure, and this one delivers a boatload of it.

The Hollywood Reporter

Why See Anything Goes?

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Anything Goes remains the fizziest, breeziest musical that you can hope to see. The whimsical plot involves an ocean liner and star-crossed lovers, all coated in a generous amount of golden-era Hollywood sparkle. Needless to say there's plenty of tap dancing and dressing-up, along with the finest numbers that Cole Porter ever wrote, including De-Lovely, I Get a Kick Out of You and the iconic title track.

The 2011 Broadway production starring Sutton Foster won 3 Tony Awards, including Best Revival. The subsequent national tour, again helmed by director Kathleen Marshall, was a monster hit, with Rachel York winning Washington DC's Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Visiting production. Now on it's second national tour, the new cast features Emma Stratton and Brian Krinsky.

What is Anything Goes About?

The story centers on an ocean liner in the 1930s, which is departing New York and bound for London. Young broker Billy Crocker is accompanying his boss Elisha J. Whitney and nightclub singer Reno Sweeney to the boat, when he falls head over heels for a young woman, Hope Harcourt, who he fleetingly glimpses in a taxi. Billy is determined not to let her escape his grasp, so when he learns that Hope too is on her way to London, he stows away on board. To complicate matters, it turns out that Hope is travelling to England to get married. Also, unbeknownst to Billy, he is the object of Reno's affections.

Among the other passengers on board the SS American is gangster Moonface Martin (disguised as a minister), Hope's overbearing mother and Bishop T. Dobson. Throughout the course of the cruise, all of these characters come together in a jumble of misunderstandings, mishaps and all around glorious confusion.

History of Anything Goes

Anything Goes' history has been one of many re-writes and amendments. The first version of the story was written by the highly prodigious duo of Guy Bolton and P. G. Wodehouse. The plot was then quickly reworked just before the show first opened, maybe in lieu of the tragic real life sinking of the SS Morro Castle. Many songs have been added and taken away from various productions over the years, and there were also two movie adaptations, both starring Bing Crosby, which made drastic changes to the story.

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Additional Information


Opening night: 20 August 2013

Run time

Approximately two hours and 45 minutes, including intermission


You may be required to have had a COVID vaccine in order to attend this performance or show proof of a negative test. Please contact the venue directly for more information on this.

Cast and Creative


Emma Stratton as Reno Sweeney

Brian Krinksy as Billy Crocker

Dennis Setteducati as Moonface Martin

Mychal Phillips as Erma

Rachel Rose Clark as Hope Harcourt

Tracy Bidleman as Evangeline Harcourt

Anthony Chan as John


Director - Sean McKnight & Jennifer Savelli

Lyrics - Cole Porter

Choreography - Kathleen Marshall


2011 Tony Awards

Best Revival of a Musical
Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical - Sutton Foster
Best Choreography

2011 Drama Desk Awards

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Sutton Foster
Outstanding Choreography
Outstanding Set Design
Outstanding Sound Design

What you thought

2 reviews, average rating: (5.0 Stars)

5.0 star rating

Cynthia Spears: “Anything Goes”

Wonderful show, very entertaining. Delightful for all ages. more

Anonymous: “This version should be on DVD”

I loved the entire show True escape-ism back to 1930 s The choreography... more

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