Anything Goes

Anything Goes
Autumn 2006

Synopsis

Billy Crocker, a young Wall Street broker, stows away on the SS American in hopes of winning the heart of his beloved Hope Harcourt. His boss, Elisha J. Whitney, is also on board. He plans to relax before making an important business deal in England.  Hope is on her way to be married to Sir Evelyn Oakleigh, a stuffy, hapless, British nobleman.  Stowing away with Billy are “Moonface” Martin, a gangster labeled Public Enemy # 13, and his friend Bonnie.  The two have disguised themselves as a minister and a missionary and stranded the real missionary back at port. On board, Billy runs into his friend, nightclub singer Reno Sweeney, who resolves to help Billy win over Hope, to the dismay of Hope’s mother,  Mrs. Harcourt, who insists she marry Sir Evelyn. Billy simultaneously learns the true identities of Moonface and Bonnie, and in exchange for his silence, they join the plot to break up Hope and Evelyn. The show progresses as Billy employs a variety of disguises to avoid detection from Whitney, Mrs. Harcourt, and the ship’s crew. Ultimately, “all’s well that ends well” in this romping musical farce.