12 Performances Of “Anything Goes” That You Must Listen To Today

It’s not just Lady Gaga. Many other leading ladies — and some of our favorite guys — have made the song a classic.

Overnight, Lady Gaga released a cover of Cole Porter’s song “Anything Goes” with Tony Bennett.

But, her version is just an intro to some of the incredible versions of Porter’s playful song that have been recorded and performed over time. Here are a dozen of the best:

1. Ethel Merman, who originated the role of nightclub singer Reno Sweeney in Cole Porter’s musical comedy Anything Goes on Broadway in 1934, in a 1979 performance:

2. Ella Fitzgerald, who included the song in her 1956 recording, Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook:

3. Sutton Foster, who took on the role of Reno Sweeney — and won a Tony Award for it — in the 2011 Broadway revival of the show:

4. Jonathan Groff, who has a “very deep, intense obsession” with Sutton Foster, performed the song for the “Miscast” benefit for New York’s MCC Theater in 2012:

5. Patti LuPone, who starred in — and got a Tony nomination for — the 1987 Broadway revival:

6. Cole Porter himself, who wrote the song, the show, and is one of the great American lyricists:

7. Elaine Paige, who starred in the 1989 West End revival in London:

8. Caroline O’Connor, who sang the song in the 2004 movie De-Lovely, which starred Kevin Kline as Porter:

9. Kate Capshaw, who opened Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom with a Mandarin version of the song:

10. Lindsay Pearce, who sang the song on Glee in a mash-up with Irving Berlin’s “Anything You Can Do” from Annie Get Your Gun:

11. College student Annie Wallace, who starred in a recent production of the show at Texas State University:

12. High schooler Emily Nies, who led the performance of the show at White Bear Lake Area High School in Minnesota:

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