Crazy For You® — Young Performers’ Edition

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The Young Performers’ Edition is a one-hour adaptation specially tailored for elementary school and middle school aged children. The materials have been prepared to help your school or organization mount the best possible production and to give your actors an exciting and rewarding experience.

A zany rich-boy-meets-hometown-girl romantic comedy, CRAZY FOR YOU® tells the story of young New York banker Bobby Child, who is sent to Deadrock, Nevada, to foreclose on a rundown theatre. In Deadrock, Bobby falls for spunky Polly Baker, the theater owner’s daughter. But Polly takes an instant dislike to the city slicker, so Bobby vows – through cunning, razzmatazz, and a hilarious case of mistaken identity – to win Polly’s heart and save the theatre. Memorable Gershwin tunes from the score include “I Got Rhythm,” “They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” “Embraceable You,” “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.”

Music samples courtesy of Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

  • Synopsis
  • Credits
  • Rehearsal Materials
  • Cast List
  • Brief History
  • Upcoming
  • Backstage at the Zangler Theatre in New York in the 1930s, the Zangler Follies wraps its final performance for the season. Tess, the dance director, guides the dancers through their chorus call. Bobby Child, the rich son of a banking family, auditions for Mr. Zangler (“K-ra-zy for You”) but ruins his chances by stepping on Zangler’s foot. Dejected, Bobby runs into his disapproving mother and his wealthy long-time fiancée, Irene. Bobby’s mother demands that he travel to Deadrock, Nevada, to foreclose on a rundown theatre. As the women argue over him, Bobby imagines himself dancing with the Follies Girls (“I Can’t Be Bothered Now”). Brought back to reality, he decides to escape to Nevada.

    Meanwhile, life is slow in Deadrock, a sleepy gold-mining town full of dawdling cowboys (“Bidin’ My Time”). Polly Baker, owner of Deadrock’s Gaiety Theatre, receives a notice of foreclosure from New York, signed by “Bobby Child.” She vows to get even with this Bobby Child, if she ever meets him. Lank Hawkins, proprietor of the town’s saloon, urges Polly to marry him and let him buy the theater before the bank takes it. But Polly refuses on both counts.

    Bobby enters Deadrock, exhausted and nearly dying of thirst, but he takes one look at Polly and suddenly “Things Are Looking Up.” Bobby finds himself in quite a bind: if he forecloses on the theater, he’ll lose the girl of his dreams. He suggests they put on a show to pay off the mortgage. Polly agrees to this plan, until she finds out who he is and suspects a trick. Bobby and Polly are both heartbroken, but Bobby decides to put on the show anyway… disguised as Mr. Zangler.

    A few days later, several Zangler Follies girls arrive in Deadrock (“Girls Enter Nevada”). Bobby, disguised as Zangler, plans to lead them in a spectacular show at the Gaiety. Polly is quickly smitten by this new “Mr. Zangler” (“Someone To Watch Over Me”).

    Rehearsal for the show is disastrous; the cowboys are terrible dancers.”Zangler” and the girls masterfully inspire them (“Slap That Bass”), and the show is soon back on track. Irene arrives unexpectedly, however, and threatens to expose Bobby’s charade. Meanwhile, Polly has fallen desperately in love with the man she believes is Bela Zangler (“Embraceable You”).

    On opening night, everyone is in high hopes (“Tonight’s the Night!”). But the only people to attend are Eugene and Patricia Fodor, British tourists writing a guidebook on the American West. Despite the disappointment, everyone realizes that the show has revitalized their once-sleepy town, and they celebrate with a spirited rendition of “I Got Rhythm.”

    Bobby tries to confess his deception to Polly, but the real Bela Zangler enters, exhausted and parched. Polly sees the two Zanglers and realizes what has happened. She slaps Bobby and leaves in a huff. Irene insists that Bobby return to New York with her, but Bobby rejects her, affirms his love for Polly, and exits. Shocked and hurt, Irene turns to Lank and says, “You are, without a doubt, the rudest, most uncouth, roughest man I have ever met. Marry me!”

    The townsfolk all gather at the theatre. Bobby wants to try the show again, but Polly thinks they should give up. The Fodors encourage everyone (“Stiff Upper Lip”) but in the end only Polly, Bobby, and Tess vote to continue the show. Everyone exits, leaving Bobby and Polly alone. Bobby tells Polly he’s returning to New York (“They Can’t Take That Away from Me”).

    Six weeks later, at his mother’s bank in New York, Bobby still dreams of Deadrock and Polly. Mrs. Child gives Bobby the deed to the Zangler Theatre, which she has acquired because Zangler invested all his money in Deadrock. Bobby realizes that Zangler did that for the love of Tess, and love is more valuable than money (“Nice Work If You Can Get It”). Bobby and his mother return to Deadrock to pursue Bobby’s great love, Polly.

    In Deadrock, which has been transformed into a jewel of a city, Polly walks out of the hugely successful Zangler Follies to go find Bobby. She just misses Bobby and his mother as they enter. As Bobby goes off to find Polly, Irene tells Bobby’s mother that she and Lank are now married. Polly returns (her ride ran out of gas) and Tess has an idea: Tess and the gang sing a huge number, bringing Polly and Bobby together at last, and the entire company celebrates (“Finale: I Got Rhythm”).

  • CRAZY FOR YOU®(100%)
    Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin (50%)
    Book by Ken Ludwig (50%)
    Co Conception by Ken Ludwig and Mike Ockrent (25%)
    Inspired by Material by Guy Bolton and John McGowan (25%)
    Originally produced on Broadway by
    Roger Horchow and Elizabeth Williams (25%)
    Original Broadway Choreography by Susan Stroman (25%)
    Adaptation and support materials for the Young Performers’ Edition
    Developed by iTheatrics
    Under the supervision of Timothy Allen McDonald

    No name of any person or company except Licensee and/or the Star(s) of Licensee’s production shall appear above the title or above the foregoing credits to the authors. The names of the songwriters and bookwriter shall be equal in size, type, coloring, boldness and prominence. No billing shall appear in type larger or more prominent than the billing to the songwriters and bookwriter except for the title of the play. No person (including without limitation the producer of any presentation) shall be accorded possessory credit (i.e., “Director’s Production of” or “Producer’s production of”) with the title of the play. In the programs, the credits shall appear on the title page thereof.

    The following announcements shall appear on the title page in all programs and in other materials and advertising for the PLAY:

    “The worldwide copyrights in the music of
    George and Ira Gershwin® for this presentation are licensed by
    the Gershwin Family.”

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    of Gershwin Enterprises.
    CRAZY FOR YOU is a registered trademark and service mark of
    CRAZY FOR YOU Enterprises.”

    “CRAZY FOR YOU®, THE NEW GERSHWIN® MUSICAL
    is presented by arrangement with
    TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC.
    560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022″

  • 1 Director’s Production Guide
    1 Piano-Vocal Score
    1 Disc set, consisting of:
    Sing-Along CD
    Performance CD
    Choreography DVD
    30 Young Performer’s Books

    Production Kit Description

    Young Performer’s Books, containing the complete script and all vocal material.
    Sing-Along CD, to help your cast learn the songs.
    Performance CD, with orchestral accompaniment for your production.
    Choreography DVD, containing simple, effective dance steps and staging ideas for selected songs.
    Piano-Vocal Score, as an additional rehearsal tool.
    Production Guide, containing a wealth of background material, directorial pointers, details on incorporating the show’s production into the school curriculum and suggestions for involving your community at large.

  • Bobby Child — an aspiring performer and son of a wealthy banking family
    Tess — dance director of the Zangler Follies
    Bela Zangler — producer of the Zangler Follies
    Irene Roth — Bobby’s fiancée
    Lottie Child — Bobby’s mother
    Polly Baker — the postmistress in Deadrock, Nevada
    Lank Hawkins — owner of the hotel in Deadrock
    Eugene Fodor — English travel writer
    Patricia Fodor — Eugene’s wife
    Three Deadrock cowboys:
    Sam
    Moose
    Mingo
    Named Deadrock citizens:
    Susie
    Vera
    Betsy
    Billy
    Wyatt
    Pete
    Follies Girls:
    Tess
    Patsy
    Mitzi
    Margie

    People of Deadrock & additional Follies Girls

  • A special adaptation of the classic Broadway musical, Crazy for You, designed specifically for presentation by elementary and middle school students.

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    Organization City, State First Performance Last Performance
    Calavera Hills School CARLSBAD, CA 03/25/2017 03/27/2017
    Southern Local Jr. Sr. High School SALINEVILLE, OH 04/07/2017 04/09/2017
    Tomken Road Middle School MISSISSAUGA, ON 04/21/2017 04/21/2017
    Fox River Grove Middle School FOX RIVER GROVE, IL 04/21/2017 04/23/2017
    Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School JOPLIN, MO 04/21/2017 04/22/2017
    Dana Middle School SAN DIEGO, CA 05/16/2017 05/19/2017
    Laramie Sr. High School LARAMIE, WY 05/19/2017 05/20/2017
    Keystone State Music Theater CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA 05/20/2017 05/20/2017
    Dutchess Day School MILLBROOK, NY 05/25/2017 05/26/2017
    Oklahoma City University OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 07/13/2017 07/14/2017