- Crazy for You
Crazy for You
Original Cast Recording
Music George Gershwin Lyrics Ira Gershwin Book Ken Ludwig Basis Adaptation of the Gershwins' 1930 musical Girl Crazy Productions 1992 Broadway
1993 West End
2011 West End revival
Awards Tony Award for Best Musical
Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical
Crazy for You is a musical with a book by Ken Ludwig, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, and music by George Gershwin. Billed as "The New Gershwin Musical Comedy", it is largely based on the songwriting team’s 1930 musical, Girl Crazy, but interpolates songs from several other productions as well. Crazy for You won the 1992 Tony Award for Best Musical.
The Broadway production was directed by Mike Ockrent and choreographed by Susan Stroman. After 10 previews, it opened at the Shubert Theatre on February 19, 1992, and ran for 1,622 performances. The cast included Jodi Benson as Polly, Harry Groener as Bobby Child, Bruce Adler as Bela Zangler, John Hillner as Lank Hawkins, Michele Pawk as Irene Roth, Jane Connell as Mother, Beth Leavel as Tess (Leavel also understudied Benson), Ronn Carroll as Everett Baker, and Stephen Temperley and Amelia White as Eugene and Patricia Fodor. The Manhattan Rhythm Kings played cowboys Mingo, Moose, and Sam, singing in their trademark close harmony.
In his review in The New York Times, Frank Rich wrote, "When future historians try to find the exact moment at which Broadway finally rose up to grab the musical back from the British, they just may conclude that the revolution began last night. The shot was fired at the Shubert Theater, where a riotously entertaining show called Crazy for You uncorked the American musical’s classic blend of music, laughter, dancing, sentiment and showmanship with a freshness and confidence rarely seen during the Cats decade . . . Crazy for You scrapes away decades of cabaret and jazz and variety-show interpretations to reclaim the Gershwins’ standards, in all their glorious youth, for the dynamism of the stage."
A cast album was released by Angel Records.
The West End production, directed by Ockrent, choreographed by Stroman, and starring Ruthie Henshall, Kirby Ward, and Chris Langham, opened at the Prince Edward Theatre on March 3, 1993 and ran for nearly three years.
On October 20, 1999, the PBS series Great Performances broadcast a production directed by Matthew Diamond, who was nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Direction of a Variety or Music Program.
On October 18, 2009, a showtime challenge, charity gala performance of Crazy for You, directed by Katherine Hare and choreographed by Racky Plews was staged by Eyebrow Productions at the London Palladium. Eyebrow are well known for their unique Showtime Challenges, where all aspects of the show are rehearsed and performed in 48 hours. All proceeds went to Cecily's Fund.
In 2011, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre did a revival of Crazy for You as part of the 2011 Summer Season. The production has since moved to the West End, at the Novello Theatre where it is running from October 8, 2011 to July 28, 2012.
Character Original Broadway actor Original West End actor Bobby Child Harry Groener Kirby Ward Polly Baker Jodi Benson Ruthie Henshall Bela Zangler Bruce Adler Chris Langham Irene Roth Michele Pawk Amanda Prior Lank Hawkins John Hillner Shaun Scott Everett Baker Ronn Carroll Don Fellows Mother (Lottie Child) Jane Connell Avril Angers Eugene Fodor Stephen Temperley N/A Patricia Fodor Amelia White Paula Tinker Perkins Gerry Burkhardt N/A Follies Girls N/A Cowboys N/A
- Act I
- "K-ra-zy for You" (from Treasure Girl) – Bobby
- "I Can't Be Bothered Now" (from A Damsel in Distress) – Bobby, Follies Girls
- "Bidin' My Time" (from Girl Crazy) – Cowboy Trio and Cowboys
- "Things Are Looking Up" (from A Damsel in Distress) – Bobby
- "Could You Use Me" (from Girl Crazy) – Bobby and Polly
- "Shall We Dance?" (from Shall We Dance) – Bobby
- "Entrance to Nevada" – Follies Girls and Cowboys
- "Someone to Watch Over Me" (from Oh, Kay) – Polly
- "Slap That Bass" (from Shall We Dance) – Bobby, Pete, Patsy, Tess, and Chorus
- "Embraceable You" (from Girl Crazy) – Polly and Bobby
- "Tonight's the Night"≠ – Chorus
- "I Got Rhythm" (from Girl Crazy) – Polly and Chorus
- Act II
- "The Real American Folk Song is a Rag" (from Ladies First) – Cowboy Trio and Chorus
- "What Causes That?" (from Treasure Girl) – Bobby and Zangler
- "Naughty Baby"≠≠ – Irene, Cowboy Quartet, Lank
- "Stiff Upper Lip" (from A Damsel in Distress) – Eugene, Patricia, Bobby, Polly, and Chorus
- "They Can't Take That Away from Me" (from Shall We Dance) – Bobby
- "But Not for Me" (from Girl Crazy) – Polly
- "But Not for Me" (Reprise) – Polly
- New York Interlude (Concerto in F)
- "Nice Work If You Can Get It" (from A Damsel in Distress) – Follies Girls, and Bobby
- "Bidin' My Time" (French Reprise) – Cowboy Trio
- "Things Are Looking Up" (Reprise) – Everett
- Finale – Chorus
≠ Lyrics by Gus Kahn and Ira Gershwin
≠≠ Lyrics by Desmond Carter and Ira Gershwin
- Act 1
Backstage at the Zangler Theater in New York in the 1930s, the last performance of the Zangler Follies is wrapping up for the season and Tess, the Dance Director, is dodging the advances of the married Mr. Zangler. Bobby Child, the rich son of a banking family, is backstage hoping for an audition with Mr. Zangler. Bobby performs "Crazy for You," but fails to impress Zangler after landing on Zangler's toe during the final flourish of his dance routine. Dejected, Bobby heads outside.
Bobby is met by Irene, the wealthy woman to whom he has been engaged to for five years, and then by his mother who demands that Bobby carry out her piece of banking business for her. Bobby is told to go to Deadrock, Nevada, to foreclose on a rundown theatre. As the women argue over him, Bobby imagines himself dancing with the Follies Girls and joins them in a rousing rendition of "I Can't Be Bothered Now." Brought back to reality, Bobby decides to escape to Nevada.
When Bobby arrives in Deadrock, it is clear that the coal-mining town has seen better days. The men, who are cowboys, sing "Bidin' My Time" in a long, slow drawl. Everett Baker receives a letter from New York warning of the bank foreclosing on the Gaiety Theater. The only woman left in this forlorn town is Everett's daughter, the spunky Polly Baker, who vows to get even with Bobby Child if she ever meets him.
Lank Hawkins, proprietor of the town's Saloon, argues with Everett, trying to convince Everett to let him buy the theater before the bank takes it. The stubborn old man refuses to give up the theater on the memory of Polly's mother being the star of all the theater's old shows.
Bobby enters the town almost dying of thirst, and falls in love with Polly at first sight, not realizing who she is, and expresses his excitement in "Things Are Looking Up." Lank is not pleased to see a rival for Polly's affections.
Bobby finds himself in quite a bind. If he forecloses on the theater he will lose the girl of his dreams. Inspired, he comes up with the idea of putting on a show to pay off the mortgage. Polly agrees to this plan until she finds out who he is—that banker from New York! Bobby and Polly are both heartbroken, but Bobby decides to put on the show anyway... but disguised as Mr. Zangler. (The big time director from before.) Polly, deeply hurt, expressed her loneliness in "Someone to Watch Over Me."
A few days later, ten Follies Girls on vacation from The Zangler Follies appear like a mirage in the desert. Bobby has asked them to help stage a spectacular show in Deadrock. When the men of Deadrock see the girls, the sleepy town becomes very lively. Lank Hawkins continues to express extreme dislike for the show, threatening to shoot Bobby. Rehearsals for the show are not going well and the Cowboys in particular are terrible dancers. Bobby changes all that in the course of one rehearsal with the song "Slap That Bass". Spirits are now at a high point. Meanwhile, to Bobby's dismay, Irene arrives, threatening to expose Bobby's charade, and Polly has fallen in love with Bobby's impersonation of Zangler. She expresses her love for Zangler with the song "Embraceable You."
Opening night arrives, with everyone in high hopes ("Tonight's the Night!"). Sadly, everyone is disappointed to find that the only people to arrive are Eugene and Patricia Fodor, British tourists writing a guidebook on the American West. What starts out as a disappointment changes into the realization that the show has galvanized the once-sleepy town, making it lively and spirited. They celebrate with a spirited rendition of "I Got Rhythm" while the real Zangler stumbles un-noticed into the town, almost dehydrated and collapses.
- Act 2
In Lank's saloon Bobby is professing his love to Polly. Unfortunately, she is still in love with the man who she thinks is Zangler. Bobby is about to convince Polly that he has been impersonating "Zangler" when the real Zangler stumbles into the saloon looking for Tess.
Zangler finds Tess, but refuses her request to produce the show. Tess storms off, Zangler, now drunk after being disgusted by the town, bemoans his fate. Bobby, dressed like Zangler, reels in to drown his sorrow over losing Polly. Drunk and depressed, the two men act as mirror images of each other, and lament their lost loves in "What Causes That."
The next morning, Polly sees the two Zanglers and realizes what has happened. She slaps Bobby and leaves in a huff, while the townsfolk prepare for a meeting at the theater to discuss what to do with the show. Irene comes to Bobby in one final attempt to make him go back to New York with her, but Bobby rejects her, and states his love for Polly. Immensely frustrated with Bobby, Irene seduces Lank in "Naughty Baby".
The townsfolk are all now gathered at the theatre. Bobby is all for trying the show again, while Polly thinks they should abandon the venture. The Fodors counsel the dejected townspeople to keep a "Stiff Upper Lip," which includes a parody of the barricade scene from Les Misérables but by the end of the song, only Polly, Everett, Bobby, and Tess still think the show should continue.
Everyone but Bobby and Polly leave the theater; Bobby prepares to leave for New York, professing that his memories of Polly will never fade in "They Can't Take That Away from Me." Polly realizes, too late, that she does love Bobby, and after he leaves, laments her loss in "But Not For Me."
Meanwhile, Bela Zangler decides to put on the show as a favor to Tess; the two seem to be in love once more. Although he had been planning to cast Bobby as the lead, he makes Polly the star of the show after learning that Bobby has left for New York.
Six weeks later, Bobby is still thinking of Deadrock as he works for his mother's bank. For his birthday, Mrs. Child gives him the Zangler theater (Zangler has used all his money on the show in Deadrock). While initially ecstatic, Bobby realizes that his love for Polly is worth more in "Nice Work if You Can Get It," and leaves for Deadrock with Mrs. Child to pursue her.
Meanwhile, Polly has decided to leave for New York to look for Bobby, who enters Deadrock just after she leaves. After learning that Polly has left to find him, he leaves the stage to "wash up" before driving back to New York to catch her. Bobby's mother and Irene (who is now married to Lank) notice each other, and start an argument. Everett notices Mrs. Child, and falls head-over-heels in love with her, as shown in a reprise of "Things Are Looking Up." His affections are reciprocated, and immediately afterwards, Polly reenters with Custus, one of the cowboys. Custus is trying to give Polly a ride to the station, but his car has run out of gas, and she has missed the train to New York. Together the townspeople concoct a plan, and Polly and Bobby are finally reunited in the "Finale."
Note: While Eugene Fodor was the real-life founder of Fodor's Travel Guides, the character in the musical is highly fictionalized. The real Eugene Fodor was Hungarian-American, not British, and his first travel book was about Europe.
Awards and nominations
Original Broadway production
Year Award Ceremony Category Nominee Result 1992 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Musical Won Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Bruce Adler Nominated Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Michele Pawk Nominated Outstanding Director of a Musical Mike Ockrent Nominated Outstanding Choreography Susan Stroman Won Outstanding Orchestrations William D. Brohn Nominated Outstanding Costume Design William Ivey Long Nominated Outstanding Set Design Robin Wagner Nominated Tony Award Best Musical Won Best Book of a Musical Ken Ludwig Nominated Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical Harry Groener Nominated Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Jodi Benson Nominated Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical Bruce Adler Nominated Best Direction of a Musical Mike Ockrent Nominated Best Choreography Susan Stroman Won Best Costume Design William Ivey Long Won Best Lighting Design Paul Gallo Nominated
Original London production
Year Award Ceremony Category Nominee Result 1993 Laurence Olivier Award Best New Musical Won Best Actor in a Musical Kirby Ward Nominated Best Actress in a Musical Ruthie Henshall Nominated Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical Chris Langham Nominated Best Director of a Musical Mike Ockrent Nominated Best Theatre Choreographer Susan Stroman Won Best Set Designer Robin Wagner Won
- ^ Rich, Frank. "Review" New York Times
- ^ Crazy for You at ThisIsTheatre.com
- ^ 1992-93 Laurence Olivier Awards
- ^ "'Crazy for You' Production, Great Performances" pbs.org, accesed January 17, 2011
- ^ 
- ^ "Showtime Challenge to Produce 'Crazy for You' at the London Palladium in 48 Hours" playbill.com
- ^ Shenton, Mark."West End Run for Summer Production of 'Crazy for You' Resumes Oct. 7" playbill.com, October 7, 2011
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical (1975–2000)
The Wiz (1975) · A Chorus Line (1976) · Annie (1977) · Ain't Misbehavin' (1978) · Sweeney Todd (1979) · Evita (1980) · The Pirates of Penzance (1981) · Nine (1982) · Little Shop of Horrors (1983) · Sunday in the Park with George (1984) · The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1986) · Les Miserables (1987) · Into the Woods (1988) · Jerome Robbins' Broadway (1989) · City of Angels (1990) · The Secret Garden (1991) · Crazy for You (1992) · Kiss of the Spider Woman (1993) · Passion (1994) · Show Boat (1995) · Rent (1996) · The Life (1997) · Ragtime (1998) · Parade (1999) · Contact (2000)
Complete list · (1975–2000) · (2001–2025) Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical (1976–2000)
A Chorus Line (1976) · The Comedy of Errors (1977) · Evita (1978) · Songbook (1979) · Sweeney Todd (1980) · Cats (1981) · Poppy (1982) · Blood Brothers (1983) · 42nd Street (1984) · Me and My Girl (1985) · The Phantom of the Opera (1986) · Follies (1987) · Candide (1988) · Return to the Forbidden Planet (1990) · Sunday in the Park with George (1991) · Carmen Jones (1992) · Crazy for You (1993) · City of Angels (1994) · Once on This Island (1995) · Jolson (1996) · Martin Guerre (1997) · Beauty and the Beast (1998) · Kat and the Kings (1999) · Honk! (2000)
Complete list · (1976–2000) · (2001–2025) Tony Award for Best Musical (1976–2000)
A Chorus Line (1976) · Annie (1977) · Ain't Misbehavin' (1978) · Sweeney Todd (1979) · Evita (1980) · 42nd Street (1981) · Nine (1982) · Cats (1983) · La Cage aux Folles (1984) · Big River (1985) · The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1986) · Les Misérables (1987) · The Phantom of the Opera (1988) · Jerome Robbins' Broadway (1989) · City of Angels (1990) · The Will Rogers Follies (1991) · Crazy for You (1992) · Kiss of the Spider Woman (1993) · Passion (1994) · Sunset Boulevard (1995) · Rent (1996) · Titanic (1997) · The Lion King (1998) · Fosse (1999) · Contact (2000)
Complete list · (1949–1975) · (1976–2000) · (2001–2025) George and Ira Gershwin musicals, operas and films Together
A Dangerous Maid · Primrose · Lady, Be Good! · Tell Me More · Tip-Toes · Song of the Flame · Oh, Kay! · Strike Up the Band · Funny Face · Rosalie · Treasure Girl · Show Girl · Girl Crazy · Delicious (film) · Of Thee I Sing · Pardon My English · Let 'Em Eat Cake · Porgy and Bess · Shall We Dance (film) · A Damsel in Distress (film) · The Goldwyn Follies (film) · The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (film)
Two Little Girls in Blue · Be Yourself · That's a Good Girl · Life Begins at 8:40 · Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 · Lady in the Dark · The North Star (film) · Cover Girl (film) · The Firebrand of Florence · Where Do We Go from Here? (film) · Park Avenue · The Barkleys of Broadway (film) · A Star Is Born (film) · The Country Girl (film)
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