Girl Crazy (Original 1930)


GIRL 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.

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  • Brief History
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  • 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.

  • Music by George Gershwin
    Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
    Book by Guy Bolton and John McGowan

  • Instrumentation: 17 Parts

    2 Violin I
    1 Violin II
    1 Viola I
    1 Viola II
    1 Cello
    1 Bass
    1 Flute
    1 Oboe-English Horn
    1 Alto Saxophone I: Clarinet & Baritone Saxophone
    1 Alto Saxophone II: Clarinet & Baritone Saxophone
    1 Tenor Saxophone: Flute & Clarinet
    1 Trumpets I & II
    1 Trumpet III
    1 Trombones I & II
    1 Percussion
    Snare Drum
    Bass Drum
    Tom Tom
    Suspended Cymbal
    Temple Blocks
    Wood Block
    1 Piano

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

  • (In order of Their Appearance)

    Danny Churchill
    Molly Gray
    Lank Sanders
    Gieber Goldfarb
    Flora James
    Patsy West
    Kate Fothergill
    Slick Fothergill
    Sam Mason
    Tess Parker
    Jake Howell
    Eagle Rock
    Hotel Proprietor
    Lariat Joe
    Sergeant of Police
    The Foursome

    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.

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