Girl Crazy (Original 1930)
DescriptionGIRL CRAZY follows the story of Danny Churchill, who has been sent by his parents to Custerville, Arizona, to manage his family’s ranch and to focus on more serious matters than alcohol and women. However, Danny turns the place into a dude ranch, imports Broadway showgirls and hires Kate Forthergill as an entertainer. Eventually, visitors come from both coasts to the ranch and Danny falls in love with the local postmistress, Molly Gray.
Girl Crazy (1930) marked the celebrated Broadway debut of Ethel Merman and the seventh and second-to-last musical comedy written by George & Ira Gershwin. The story was also the second stage musical for Ginger Rogers. The story is about a wealthy New York playboy whose father sends him West to get him away from Damon Runyon types. However, the city slicker brings his friends with him and they clash hilariously with the locals as the tenderfeet try to convert a rundown lodge into a money-making dude ranch.
George and Ira Gershwin’s
Music and Lyrics by Book by
George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin Guy Bolton and Jack McGowan
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Instrumentation: 17 Parts
2 Violin I
1 Violin II
1 Viola I
1 Viola II
1 Oboe-English Horn
1 Alto Saxophone I: Clarinet & Baritone Saxophone
1 Alto Saxophone II: Clarinet & Baritone Saxophone
1 Tenor Saxophone: Flute & Clarinet
2 Trumpets I & II
1 Trumpet III
2 Trombones I & II
1 Piano Conductor’s Score
1 Prompt Book for Director
23 Prompt Books for Cast
30 Chorus-Vocal Parts
(In order of Their Appearance)
Sergeant of Police
Ladies of the Ensemble
Gentlemen of the Ensemble
GIRL CRAZY opened on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre, October 14, 1930 and played for 272 performances starring Allen Kearns as Danny and featuring debut performances by Ethel Merman (as Kate) and Ginger Rogers (as Molly). The show served as the basis for the 1992 musical CRAZY FOR YOU, which has a completely rewritten book and songs added from other Gershwin shows.