The anecdotal story is this: Cole Porter was sitting in Sardi’s when — quite separately — the famous evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson walked in, followed by Texas Guinan, the celebrated saloonkeeper and actress (known for coining the term “Hello, suckers!”). From this odd combination, Mr. Porter came up with the main character in “Anything Goes,” Reno Sweeney.
Another story is that Vinton Freedley, the producer, pitched the story — which takes place on an ocean liner — to Porter after spending months living on a boat to avoid his creditors.
Either way, the perennial Broadway favorite makes its way to the East Hampton High School stage this weekend.
Featuring some of Mr. Porter’s most well-known songs, like “You’re the Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “It’s De-Lovely,” “Friendship,” “Easy to Love,” and the title song, the production can be seen in the auditorium tomorrow and Saturday at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 3. The public is invited to attend. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and children under 12.