Red, Hot and Blue Summary Red, Hot and Blue has music and lyrics by Cole Porter. It originally starred Ethel Merman, Jimmy Durante and Bob Hope. It's about a former manicurist, an ex-con, and a square boyfriend; and their misadventures. This pairing of Cole Porter and Ethel Merman followed Anything Goes by one year. Songs include "It's De-Lovely", "Down in the Depths on the 90th Floor", "A Little Skipper from Heaven Above", "How'm I Ridin'?".