Crazy For You®


Crazy For You®

Full-Length Musical, Comedy  /  3w, 4m plus ensemble

Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Book by Ken Ludwig

Co-Conception by Ken Ludwig and Mike Ockrent
Inspired by Material by Guy Bolton and John McGowan
Originally produced on Broadway by Roger Horchow and Elizabeth Williams
Original Broadway Choreography by Susan Stroman

City slicker falls for hometown girl in this ebullient romantic comedy featuring cowboys, showgirls, high-energy production numbers, and a glorious score from George and Ira Gershwin.

Image: 2022 Chichester Festival Theatre Production (Tristram Kenton)

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3w, 4m plus ensemble
  • Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Romantic Comedy
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
  • Winner! Three 1992 Tony Awards, including Best Musical
    Winner! Two 1992 Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Musical
    Winner! Three 1992 Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding Broadway Musical



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 theatre 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.”

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Adapted from the Gershwins' 1930 musical Girl Crazy, Crazy For You® opened on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre on February 19, 1992, starring Harry Groener and Jodi Benson. The show ran for four years, playing for 1,622 performances.

Act I

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 theatre 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 theatre, 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 II

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”).

(3 female; 4 male)

Polly Baker — postmistress in Deadrock, Nevada, an “All-American girl”
Irene Roth — New York society debutante
Patricia Fodor — an English tourist

Bobby Child — young man from New York in love with musical theatre
Bela Zangler — an established theatrical producer in New York
Eugene Fodor — an English tourist, Patricia's brother
Everett Baker — Polly’s father
Lank Hawkins — saloon proprietor in Deadrock, Nevada


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
Custus — (doubles as Perkins)


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.

  • Time Period 1930s
  • Setting New York City and Deadrock, Nevada, in the early 1930s.
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Duration More than 120 minutes (2 hours)


“Makes everything old seem young again, the audience included.” – Frank Rich, The New York Times

“Such infectious fun...a snappy script full of one-liners...Crazy For You brought musical comedy back” – Michael Riedel, The New York Post

Crazy for You uncorked the American musical's classic blend of music, laughter, dancing, sentiment and showmanship with a freshness and confidence rarely seen... it sassily rethinks the American musical tradition stretching from the Gershwins to Bennett.” – Frank Rich, The New York Times

“A loving throwback to the feather-light musical plots of the 1920s and ’30s...guaranteed to lift the spirit.” – Gina Dalfonzo, DC Metro Arts

Crazy for You calls itself a 'new Gershwin musical comedy,' and that's what it is: a musical comedy with songs by George and Ira Gershwin that makes everything old seem young again, the audience included.” – Frank Rich, The New York Times

“The sheer joy of this family friendly entertainment will have you saying: 'Who could ask for anything more?'” – Tom Williams, Chicago Critic


  • Laura Osnes and Tony Yazbeck Win Our Hearts in George and Ira Gershwin's Crazy for You youtube thumbnail

    Laura Osnes and Tony Yazbeck Win Our Hearts in George and Ira Gershwin's Crazy for You

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    Riverside Theatre Crazy For You (Performance Highlights)

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    Crazy For You's 25th Anniversary Concert

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    Crazy For You - Gateway


  • Crazy For You®

    Image: 2022 Chichester Festival Theatre Production (Tristram Kenton)

  • Crazy For You®

    Image: 2011 Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre Production (Tristram Kenton)

  • Crazy For You®

    Image: 2011 Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre Production (Tristram Kenton)


Music Samples

Act I

Overture – Orchestra
Incidental: Before Opening – Orchestra
1. Opening: “K-ra-zy For You” – Bobby
2. “I Can’t Be Bothered Now” – Bobby & Girls
2 (cont.). Playoff: Bothered – Orchestra
2a. Scene Change: After Bothered – Orchestra
3. “Bidin’ My Time” – Cowboy Trio & Men
3a. Incidental: Bobby Staggers In – Orchestra
4. “Things Are Looking Up” – Bobby
4a. Incidental: After Things – Piano Solo
5. “Could You Use Me?” – Bobby & Polly
5 (cont.). “Shall We Dance?” – Bobby & Polly
6. “Girls Enter Nevada (Bronco Busters)” – Chorus
7. “Someone To Watch Over Me” – Polly
8. Incidental: Rehearsal – Slap That Bass – Piano with ad lib Drums
Incidental: Rehearsal – Slap That Bass (2nd time) – Piano with ad lib Drums
9. “Slap That Bass” – Bobby & Company
10. “Embraceable You” – Polly & Bobby
11. “Tonight’s The Night” – Chorus
12. “I Got Rhythm” – Polly & Company
12-I. Dance Part One: “I Got Rhythm” – Polly & Company
12-II. Dance Part Two: “I Got Rhythm” – Company

Act II

13. Entr’acte: “The Real American Folk Song” – Cowboy Trio & Chorus
13 (cont.). Incidental: American Rag – Piano Solo
14. “What Causes That?” – Bobby & Zangler
14a. Scene Change: Bobby Wakes Up – Orchestra
15. “Naughty Baby” – Irene, Lank, & Male Quartet (Harry, Junior, Wyatt, & Mingo)
15a. Incidental: Crazy For You – Music Box
16. “Stiff Upper Lip” – Eugene, Patricia, Bobby, Polly, & Company
17. “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” – Bobby
18. “But Not For Me” – Polly
19 (cont.). Reprise: “But Not For Me” – Polly
19a. Scene Change: New Promenade – Orchestra
19. “Nice Work If You Can Get It” – Bobby & Girls
20. French Reprise: “Bidin’ My Time” – Cowboy Trio
21. Reprise: “Things Are Looking Up” – Everett
22. Finale – Company
23. Curtain Calls – Full Company
24. Exit Music – Orchestra

Full Orchestration

Reed 1: Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone & Alto Saxophone
Reed 2: Piccolo, Flute, Eb Clarinet (or Bb Clarinet), Clarinet, Alto Saxophone and Ocarina in C (or Pennywhistle in G)
Reed 3: Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet and Tenor Saxophone
Reed 4: Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet and Tenor Saxophone
Reed 5: Bassoon, Bass Clarinet and Baritone Saxophone

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

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


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.)

*Percussion 1 – mallet instruments & DrumKAT mallet percussion synthesizer (2 octaves)
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)
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)

Chinese (or similar 12? cym.)

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

  • Musical Style Classic Broadway
  • Dance Requirements Moderate
  • Vocal DemandsDifficult
  • Orchestra Size Large
  • Chorus Size Large

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George Gershwin

George Gershwin was born in Brooklyn on September 26, 1898, and began his musical training when he was 13. At 16, he quit high school to work as a "song plugger" for a music publisher, and soon he was writing songs himself. "Swanee," as introduced by Al Jolson, brought George ...

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Ira Gershwin

Ira Gershwin, the first songwriter to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize, was born in New York City on December 6, 1896. In 1917 The Evening Sun published his first song (“You May Throw All The Rice You Desire But Please, Friends, Throw No Shoes”). Four years later, Ira enjoyed hi ...

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Ken Ludwig

Ken Ludwig has had six productions on Broadway and eight in London’s West End. His 34 plays and musicals are staged around the world and throughout the United States every night of the year.

His first play, Lend Me a Tenor, won two Tony Awards and was called “one of the classi ...

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Mike Ockrent

Mike Ockrent (1946–1999) was a British stage director, well-known both for his Broadway musicals and smaller niche plays. He was educated at Highgate School. Through directing Educating Rita, The Nerd and Follies, he became an established figure in London theatre. In 1986 he ...

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Guy Bolton

Guy Bolton (1884-1979) was born in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, England, on November 23, 1884. Bolton famously collaborated with Jerome Kern and P.G. Wodehouse on a series of buoyant musicals for the 299-seat Princess Theatre, including Have A Heart; Oh, Boy!; Leave It To Jane; ...

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John McGowan

John "Jack" McGowan (1894–1977) was an American librettist, director and producer. His writing credits included: Say When; Pardon My English; Earl Carroll's Vanities of 1932; Heigh-ho, Everybody; Singin' the Blues; Girl Crazy; Flying High; Murray Anderson's Almanac; Hold Ever ...

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