Cole Porter's 1934 musical was initially supposed to revolve around an impending shipwreck -- that is, until an actual shipwreck occurred just before the show went into rehearsals. The disaster portion was done away with, leaving intact the musical -- Anything Goes, as it has come to be known -- a lighthearted romp on a ship with criminals and nightclub singers and classic songs like "I Get a Kick Out of You" and "Blow Gabriel Blow, as well as the title song. This is a re-creation of the original 1934 score, not a cast album, put together by John McGlinn and featuring such opera singers as Kim Criswell, Cris Goenendaal and Frederica Von Stade, along with the London Symphony Orchestra. It is most notable for containing the show's incidental music as well as its famous songs.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann