Anything Goes In Flint This Valentine’s Day

Catch the three-time Tony Award winning classic musical Anything Goes, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Feb. 14 at the Whiting Theater, 1241 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, MI. Tickets are $25-$69.

Detailing the antics of passengers on board an ocean liner, the S.S. American, bound for London from New York City, Anything Goes made its Broadway debut in 1934 at the Alvin Theater, starring Ethel Merman. It has been through multiple Broadway revivals, and has been made into film twice.

Anything Goes features the music of Cole Porter, including “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “You’re The Top,” and the title theme “Anything Goes.”

Students 16 and older can purchase best-available tickets for $12, day-of-show.

Porter, an Indiana native, was the scion of wealth, being the grandchild of coal and timber magnate J.O. Cole. Porter grew up in Peru, Indiana and, in defiance of his grandfather’s wishes, became a classically trained musician and, later, one of America’s most renowned composers.

The idea for Anything Goes came from producer Vinton Freedley, who lived on a boat to escape his American creditors. Porter wrote the story and the score for anything goes, most of which he did at the Rosecliff Mansion in Newport, Rhode Island.

If the show tunes leave you with an appetite, take the love of your life to the Flint Crepe Company, just around the way at 555 S. Saginaw Street in Flint. Savory or sweet, it’s cheap and good. For something a little more upscale, make a reservation at Cork, 635 S. Saginaw, and try the truffle potato chips. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a bite of caramelized rutabaga.

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