Crazy For You®

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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,” “Naughty Baby,” “They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” “Embraceable You,” “But Not for Me,” “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.”

Music samples provided courtesy of Angel Records and Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

  • Synopsis
  • Credits
  • Orchestration
  • Rehearsal Materials
  • Cast List
  • Brief History
  • Upcoming
  • Act 1

    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, dodges the advances of the married producer, Bela Zangler. 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 heads outside, where he meets up with 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”). Everett Baker, owner of Deadrock’s Gaiety Theatre, receives a notice of foreclosure from New York, signed by “Bobby Child.” Everett’s daughter Polly, the only woman left in Deadrock, vows to get even with this Bobby Child, if she ever meets him. Lank Hawkins, proprietor of the town’s saloon, urges Everett to let him buy the theater before the bank takes it. But Everett refuses for sentimental reasons: Polly’s mother was once the theatre’s star attraction, and he can’t let it go.

    Bobby enters Deadrock exhausted and nearly dying of thirst, but he takes one look at Polly and suddenly “Things Are Looking Up.” Lank is angered to see a rival for Polly’s affections. 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. Polly, deeply hurt, expresses her loneliness (“Someone to Watch Over Me”).

    A few days later, ten Zangler Follies girls arrive in Deadrock. Bobby has asked them to help stage a spectacular show at the Gaiety. The men of Deadrock are thrilled to see the girls, and they agree to appear in the show. But rehearsals for the show are disastrous; the cowboys are terrible dancers. Bobby, disguised as Zangler, masterfully changes all that in a single rehearsal (“Slap That Bass”), and the show is back on track. To Bobby’s dismay, however, Irene shows up, threatening to expose Bobby’s charade. And Polly has fallen in love with Bobby’s impersonation of Zangler (“Embraceable You”).

    Opening night arrives, with everyone in high hopes (“Tonight’s the Night!”). Sadly, 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 galvanized and revitalized their once-sleepy town. As they celebrate with a spirited rendition of “I Got Rhythm,” the real Zangler stumbles in unnoticed. Dehydrated and exhausted, he takes a few steps and collapses.

    Act 2

    In Lank’s saloon, Bobby professes his love to Polly. Unfortunately, she is still in love with the man she thinks is Zangler. Just as Bobby is about to convince Polly that he has been impersonating Zangler, the real Zangler stumbles into the saloon looking for Tess. Zangler refuses Tess’s request to produce the show, and Tess storms off. Zangler and Bobby – still dressed like Zangler – separately drown their sorrows, lamenting their lost loves (“What Causes That?”). The next morning, 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 and affirms his love for Polly. Frustrated and hurt, Irene seduces Lank (“Naughty Baby”).

    The townsfolk all gather at the theatre. Bobby wants to try the show again, but Polly thinks they should abandon the venture. The Fodors encourage the dejected townspeople (“Stiff Upper Lip”) but by the end of the song, only Polly, Everett, Bobby, and Tess still think the show should continue. Everyone exits, leaving Bobby and Polly alone. Bobby plans to return to New York, promising that his memories of Polly will never fade (“They Can’t Take That Away from Me”). Left alone, Polly realizes that she does love Bobby (“But Not For Me”). Zangler agrees to stay in Deadrock and back the show after all. He spends his last dollar putting together a top-notch production, starring Polly, to show Tess how much he loves her.

    Six weeks later, at his mother’s bank in New York, Bobby is still thinking of Deadrock. For his birthday, Mrs. Child gives Bobby the deed to the Zangler Theatre, which she acquired when Zangler spent all his money in Deadrock. Though initially ecstatic, Bobby realizes that his love for Polly is worth more (“Nice Work If You Can Get It”), so he and his mother return to Deadrock to pursue her.

    Meanwhile, Deadrock has been transformed into a jewel of a city where “The Deadrock Follies” – starring Polly – has been playing to packed houses. Nevertheless, Polly misses Bobby, and she decides to look for him in New York. Polly and Bobby cross paths, just missing each other. Irene marries Lank, and Bobby’s mother strikes up a romance with Everett (“Things Are Looking Up – Reprise”). Polly returns (her ride ran out of gas) and Bobby and Polly embrace at last. The entire company celebrates (“Finale: Embraceable You”).

  • 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%)

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    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”

  • Full Orchestration:

    1 Reed I – Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Soprano & Alto Saxophone
    1 Reed II – Piccolo, Flute, Eb Clarinet (or Bb Clarinet), Clarinet, Alto Saxophone and Ocarina in C (or Pennywhistle in G)
    1 Reed III – Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet and Tenor Saxophone
    1 Reed IV – Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet and Tenor Saxophone
    1 Reed V – Bassoon, Bass Clarinet and Baritone Saxophone

    2 Horn I & II
    2 Trumpet I & II (1st doubling Piccolo Trumpet)
    1 Trombone I (Tenor Trombone)
    1 Trombone II (Bass Trombone doubling Tuba)

    2 Percussion I & II*
    1 Guitar & Banjo
    1 Piano (Keyboard Synthesizer – principally rhythm piano)

    3 Violins
    1 Cello
    1 Bass

    1 String Substitute Synthesizer (A Keyboard part that may be used to substitute for the Violins and Cello parts in the orchestration, and is only supplied when the full orchestration is rented.)

    Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material

    *Percussion 1 – mallet instruments & DrumKAT mallet percussion synthesizer (2 octaves)
    Glockenspiel
    Xylophone
    Vibraphone
    Marimba
    Chimes
    Crotales
    Timpani (2 pedal drums)
    Suspended Cymbal (2 sizes)
    Triangle (3 sizes)
    Small Ratchet
    Telephone Ring
    Mark Tree
    Bell Tree
    Slap Stick (2 sizes)
    Tambourine (2 sizes)
    Castanets
    Cabasa (stage sandpaper)
    Bell Plate (stage shovels)
    Pop Gun
    Slide Whistle
    Police Whistle
    Large Metal Ribbed Washboard
    Fight Bell/Gong & Trolley Bell
    Acoustic Xylophone
    [KAT] Vibes-Quasi Bass
    [KAT] Low Metallic Sound (Hubcap)
    [KAT] Tire Pump (stage cue)
    [KAT] Vibes/Marimba/C.B. Combo
    Tuned Bulb Horns (G F Eb)
    Sandpaper Blocks

    Percussion 2 – trap drum set

    Bass Drum Triangle (2 sizes)
    Snare Drum (brushes & sticks) Cow Bell (2 sizes)
    Tom Tom (mounted & floor) Wood block (2 sizes)
    Cymbals: (various mallets & scraper)

    Suspended
    Hi-Hat
    Chinese (or similar 12″ cym.)
    Splash
    Crash
    Sizzle
    Ride

    Temple Blocks (3 pitches)
    Sand Blocks or Cabasa
    Guiro (stage saws)
    Slap Stick
    Tambourine
    Siren
    Ratchet
    Police Whistle & Slide Whistle

  • 1       Piano Conductor’s Score
    1       Prompt Book with Vocal Parts for Director
    30     Prompt Books with Vocal Parts for Cast

    Original Cast CD, if available, is sent with perusal material.

    Optional Additional Materials

    1       Choreography Guide prepared by Susan Stroman, the original choreographer.

  • Principals

    (3 female; 4 male)

    Polly Baker — postmistress in Deadrock, Nevada; “All American Girl”
    Irene Roth — New York society debutante
    Patricia Fodor — Eugene’s sister
    Bobby Child — young man from New York in love with musical theater
    Bela Zangler — an established theatrical producer in New York
    Eugene Fodor — an English tourist
    Everett Baker — Polly’s father
    Lank Hawkins — saloon proprietor in Deadrock, Nevada

    Supporting

    Mother (Mrs. Lottie Child) — Bobby’s business-oriented and controlling parent
    Perkins — Mother’s business assistant (doubles as Custus)
    Chauffeur — for Mother’s limousine

    Tess — dance director; Zangler’s favorite
    Patsy — showgirl with high speaking voice
    Mitzi — a principal dancer
    Elaine — follies girl
    Louise — follies girl
    Susie — follies girl
    Betsy — follies girl
    Margie — follies girl
    Sheila — follies girl
    Vera — follies girl

    Moose — member of Cowboy Trio
    Mingo — member of Cowboy Trio and of Male Quartet
    Sam — member of Cowboy Trio

    Harry — member of Male Quartet; Bartender
    Junior — member of Male Quartet; card player
    Wyatt — member of Male Quartet; card player
    Billy — card player
    Pete
    Custus — (doubles as Perkins)
    Jimmy

    Ensemble

    Stage Manager of New York theatre
    Stage Hands
    4 Show Girls
    2 Lackeys for Zangler
    3 Mother’s Directors
    New York Street Crowds
    Deadrock Street Crowds

    The original Broadway production had a cast of 29 performers, including chorus. Some doubling was employed in the minor parts.

  • Adaptation of the Gershwins’ 1930 musical Girl Crazy

    CRAZY FOR YOU™ played for 1,622 performances on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre starring Harry Groener and Jodi Benson.

    Awards (1992)

    3 Tony Awards for Musical, Choreographer and Costume Designer
    3 Outer Critics Circle Awards for Broadway Musical, Choreography and Set, Costume and Lighting Design
    2 Drama Desk Awards for Musical and Choreography

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