ANYTHING GOES (1989 London Cast)
Washington 1988: I was there to sing in concert at the White House for President and Nancy Reagan. In New York, a revival of Cole Porter’s 1930s musical ‘Anything Goes’ is a big hit. So I had to see it! ‘Anything Goes’ was a knockout. It has some of the best music and lyrics that anyone would ever want to sing. In addition to the title song there is a string of classic numbers.
The central part of Reno Sweeney is a gift of a comic role, something I’d yet to tackle in a ‘serious’ way. I knew instantly that I wanted to do it in the West End. But how? Well, you know what they say: ‘If you want something done….’ So I became a producer!
Back in London, I got to work and before long I was co-producing with Tim Rice and Robert Fox. We secured the rights to the American production. A date was set. The show opened at the Prince Edward Theatre on 4th July 1989, American Independence Day.
I Get A Kick Out Of You (Elaine Paige)
There's No Cure Like Travel/Bon Voyage
You're The Top (Howard McGillin & Elaine Paige)
Easy To Love
I Want To Row On The Crew/Sailor's Chantey
Friendship (Elaine Paige & Bernard Cribbins)
Anything Goes (Elaine Paige)
Public Enemy Number One
Blow, Gabriel, Blow (Elaine Paige)
Goodbye, Little Dream, Goodbye
Be Like The Bluebird
All Through The Night
Gypsy In Me
Finale: I Get A Kick Out Of You/Anything Goes (Reprises) (Ensemble featuring Elaine Paige)