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Crazy For You - Young Performers' Edition

George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Ken Ludwig, Mike Ockrent, Guy Bolton, John McGowan

Short Musical, Comedy  /  5f, 4m

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 / Adaptation and support materials for the Young Performers’ Edition developed by iTheatrics under the supervision of Timothy Allen McDonald

A one-hour adaptation of the ebullient romantic comedy featuring cowboys, showgirls, high-energy production numbers, and a glorious score from George and Ira Gershwin.
Crazy For You - Young Performers' Edition
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OVERVIEW

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    5f, 4m
  • Duration
    Duration
    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Romantic Comedy
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
Accolades
Accolades
  • 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
Description
This Young Performers’ Edition is a one-hour adaptation of Crazy For You®, specially tailored for elementary and middle school-aged actors. The materials have been prepared to help your school or organisation mount the best possible production and to give your young cast and crew 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 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,” “They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” “Embraceable You,” “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.”
History
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.
Keywords
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 theatre 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 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.

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 realises that the show has revitalised 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 realises 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”).

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • Youth/Camp Programs
Cautions
  • No Special Cautions

Licence details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting: New York City and Deadrock, Nevada, in the early 1930s.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

5f, 4m
Cast Attributes
  • Expandable casting
  • Roles for Teens
  • Roles for Children
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Dance Requirements: Moderate
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Chorus Size: Large
1. Opening – Orchestra
2. Fanfare – Orchestra
3. Playoff: Fanfare – Orchestra
4. “K-ra-zy For You” – Bobby
5. “I Can’t Be Bothered Now” – Bobby, Tess, Patsy, Mitzi, Margie
6. Scene Change: After Bothered – Orchestra
7. “Bidin’ My Time” – People of Deadrock
8. Bobby Staggers In – Orchestra
9. Underscore: Things Are Looking Up – Orchestra
10. “Girls Enter Nevada” (Part 1) – Follies Girls
11. “Girls Enter Nevada” (Part 2) – Follies Girls
12. “Someone To Watch Over Me” – Polly
13. Rehearsal – Slap That Bass – Orchestra
14. “Slap That Bass” – Bobby, Moose, Tess, Wyatt, Patsy, Mitzi, Margie
15. “Embraceable You” – Polly, Bobby
16. Tonight’s The Night (Part 1) – Orchestra
17. “Tonight’s The Night” (Part 2) – Ensemble
18. “I Got Rhythm” – Polly, Tess, Patsy, Susie, Betsy, Vera, Billy, Wyatt, Pete, Bobby
19. Zangler Stagger In – Orchestra
20. Playoff: Rhythm – Orchestra
21. “Stiff Upper Lip” – Patricia, Eugene, & Bobby
22. “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” – Polly, Bobby
23. Scene Change: New Promenade – Orchestra
24. “Nice Work If You Can Get It” – Follies Girls, Bobby, Mitzi, Margie, Vera, Betsy, Susie
25. Scene Change: After Work – Orchestra
26. Finale – Tess, Sam, Pete, Patsy, Zangler, Susie, Betsy, Vera, Polly, Bobby
27. Bows/”I Got Rhythm” – Polly, Tess, Bobby, & Ensemble
28. Exit Music – Orchestra

Materials

Scripts

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Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package:

1 Director’s Production Guide
1 Piano/Vocal Score
30 Young Performers’ Books
1 Digital resource download, consisting of:
  • Sing-Along Tracks to help your cast learn the songs.
  • Performance Tracks with orchestral accompaniment for your production.
  • Choreography Videos containing simple, effective dance steps and staging ideas for selected songs.
Note: Crazy For You® Young Performers’ Edition is presented with the fully orchestrated Performance Tracks; there is no orchestration for live accompaniment.

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Media

Press

"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

Music Samples

Videos

  • Crazy For You - 2018 Concert

  • Riverside Theatre - Crazy For You

  • Crazy For You's 25th Anniversary Concert

  • Crazy For You - Gateway Playhouse

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Authors

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 his first real fame and led to his writi ...

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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 his first major stage success, ...

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Ken Ludwig

Ken Ludwig has had 6 shows on Broadway and 7 in London's West End, and many of his works have become a standard part of the American repertoire. Lend Me a Tenor won two Tony Awards and was called “one of the classic comedies of the 20th century” by The Washington Post. Crazy For You was on Broadway ...

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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 made a success ...

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Guy Bolton

Guy Bolton 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; Oh, Lady! Lady!; Sitting Pretty, Oh, Kay! a ...

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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 Everything!; Excess Baggage; and

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