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TODAY IN THEATRE HISTORY: In 1987, Patti LuPone recreates Ethel Merman’s role of Reno Sweeney in a revival of Anything Goes, opening tonight at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. The 1934 Cole Porter musical has been revamped, adding several of his original songs to the score. The show earns several rave reviews, especially for LuPone. Frank Rich says that “Ms. LuPone is the top. She has lips so insinuatingly protruding they could make the Pledge of Allegiance sound lewd.” It runs for 784 performances.

For more on the 1987 revival of Anything Goes, including a look inside the production’s opening night Playbill, visit

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