A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Musical – “Anything Will Do”


Unbeknownst to the cult-leader like Ishmael, the Baudelaires decide to make a few secret possessions. Violet decides to keep her ribbon. Klaus chooses to retain his commonplace book. Sunny opts to keep her whisk that Friday bestowed on her. And they resolve that while Ishmael may be a repressive control freak, he won’t stop them from doing what they love like inventing, reading, and cooking. Even though keeping secrets from their new island home.


The song I went with is “Any Dream Will Do” from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. In the original version, Joseph recounts how he got thrown into the well and lost his coat of many colors. He also talks about how his dreams help him cope with his situation. In this version, I have the Baudelaires resolve that they will do what they love on the island even if they’re not allowed to.



“Anything Will Do”

Sung by Violet and Klaus Baudelaire

I closed my eyes, drew back the curtain
To see for certain what I thought I knew
Ish wants our stuff in the arboretum
Hide my ribbon for keeping
Anything will do

I almost thought he’d take my glasses
God, what an asshat, got to keep my book
We’ve got it good, but why such a cache, Ish?
Let Sunny keep her whisk

Anything will do

I must invent, in darker light
I must invent all out of sight
Why should I keep to secrets
In our isle home?

May I return to the beginning
While I am sitting while reading a book
If I can’t read, then I’m not living
It’s real distressing
Anything will do

I don’t know what, there’s something up
The cordial’s bad but I feel drunk
Don’t you feel your head is spinning
When it’s left alone?

There’s something here, seems quite fishy
Ish seems quite iffy, and his rules are, too
Olaf’s still here, he is still waiting
Still hesitating
Anything will do

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