About Anything Goes


Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter

Original Book by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton

and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse

New Book by Timothy Crouse & John Weidman 

This version of ANYTHING GOES was adapted from the 1987 Broadway revival, originally produced by Lincoln Center Theater.

Join us for outstanding performances during this 2024 Woodstock Playhouse Theatre Festival Season as we celebrate the 86th season of the Woodstock Playhouse; originally established in 1938 by Robert Elwyn, a Woodstock Resident, Broadway/Film professional director/actor and member of one of Woodstock's oldest families.

​Winner of six Tony Awards and nine Drama Desk Awards, Anything Goes originally debuted on Broadway 1934 became the longest running Broadway Show of its decade. Anything Goes has become one of the most revived musicals in history, with a madcap story set aboard the ocean liner S. S. American, where nightclub singer/evangelist Reno Sweeney is travelling from New York to England. Her pal Billy Crocker has stowed away to be near his love, Hope Harcourt; but the problem is Hope is engaged to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Joining the merry highjinx on board are Public Enemy #13, Moonface Martin and his sidekick-in-crime Erma. With the fun unraveling thanks to some elaborate disguises, tap-dancing sailors and good old-fashioned blackmail, Reno and Moonface join forces to help Billy in his quest to win Hope’s heart.

The celebrated award winning musical score and lyrics include "I Get a Kick Out of You," "You're the Top," "Friendship," "It's De-Lovely", "Anything Goes", "Easy to Love," “Goodbye, Little Dream, Goodbye”, "Buddie, Beware" and more.

This performance is brought to the stage of the iconic Woodstock Playhouse featuring the Woodstock Playhouse Summer Theatre Cast 2024, a regional company of rising-professional performers widely acclaimed for some of the finest performances in our NY & Tri-State region.

Director/Choreographer: Randy Conti

Resident Music Director: Robert J. Tomasulo

Resident Lighting Designer: Michael Gugliotti, Jr.

Resident Sound Designer: Steve Maffia

Resident Costume Designer: Diane Stein

Length of Performance: 2 hours and 15 minutes with intermission 

•$60 for Golden Tier Seating, Rows A - F
•$55 for Blue Tier Seating, Rows G - N
•$50 for Green Tier Seating, Rows P - Q

Each ticket price already includes a $5 handling/convenience charge; All seating is Reserved Seating, and all sales are final; no refunds nor exchanges.

About Woodstock Playhouse

Larry Hagman; Woodstock Playhouse 1950, costumed as a valet; member of Margaret Webster's Shakespeare Company; Courtesy of George Dupont.

The Woodstock Playhouse, established in 1938 as a rural extension of Broadway and Summer Theater by a member of one of Woodstock's Oldest Families, became a central hub for the launching of major careers on Broadway and in film and television - including Robert Hutton, Larry Hagman, Lee Marvin, Diane Keaton, Chevy Chase, Andrea Martin, Karl Malden, Kitty Kelly, Elissa Landi, Judd Hirsch, Anne Meara, Dick Van Patten and Estelle Parsons to name just a few - as it continues to do today.

During the late 1950s and into the 60s, the Woodstock Playhouse directors instituted Saturday morning children's productions & concerts as well as midnight concerts featuring such artists as Tom Paxton, Peter Yarrow, Tim Hardin, Pete Seeger, Happy and Artie Traum, Billy Faire, and Jack Elliot. The Band, including Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel and Jaime Robbie Robertson, would record their album Stage Fright at the Woodstock Playhouse with Todd Rundgren serving as sound engineer. As the 1960s evolved and Woodstock found itself at the center of a cultural revolution, the Playhouse was host to the final concert in a series of performances known as the Sound-Outs in 1968. Produced by John “Jocko” Moffitt and generally perceived as a precursor concert to the Woodstock Festival held in Bethel a year later, the Playhouse concert featured Richie Havens, with additional performances by Jerry Moore, Don Preston, Major Wiley and Bunky and Jake. 

Throughout the 60s and 70s, legendary musicians and bands played at the Woodstock Playhouse, including Arlo Guthrie, Van Morrison, Orleans, Full Moon, Sonia Malkine, John Hammond, Holy Moses, Dave Van Ronk, Levon and The Band, The Montgomeries, Geoff and Maria Muldaur, Jim Rooney and Bill Keith, and after the burning and rebuilding of the Woodstock Playhouse: Leon Russell, Cindy Cashdollar, Jacke DeJohnette, Sonny Rollins, Peter Yarrow, Bethany and Rufus Cappadocia, John Sebastian, Natalie Merchant, Larry Campbell, David Bromberg, Richie Havens, Noel Paul Stookey, The Indigo Girls, Leon Russell, Well Strung, all of the amazing Headliners at the annual String Sampler Concert, and so many more. 

A more detailed history of the Woodstock Playhouse can be enjoyed by viewing the History Wall and memorabilia when visiting the Woodstock Playhouse and by viewing our history page online at  https://www.woodstockplayhouse.org/history-of-the-woodstock-playhouse where you can also read about and purchase tickets for our other upcoming events.