Crazy For You

Musical by George and Ira Gershwin. Bobby Child is a rich-kid banker who desperately wants to be in showbiz. He reluctantly travels to Dead Rock, Nevada, to demand that the owner of a disused theatre pay the mortgage or get out. But when Bobby claps eyes on said owner's daughter Polly, he falls instantly in love with her. To win her over, he tries to impersonate a theatre impresario, Bela Zangler, and puts on a show in the theatre to save it. When the real producer turns up, they appear to be identical twins and the trouble starts...

This musical comedy is packed full of classic songs including I Got Rhythm; Someone To Watch Over Me; Embraceable You; and Nice Work If You Can Get It.

Musical with music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, book by Ken Ludwig, co-conception by Ken Ludwig and Mike Ockrent, inspired by Guy Bolton and John McGowan's Girl Crazy.

Original West End London Production 1993 at the Prince Edward Theatre

1st West End London Revival 2011 at the Open Air Theatre and Novello Theatre

The Gershwin's musicals include An American in Paris, Lady, Be Good!, Porgy and Bess, and Hershey Felder's compilation show George Gershwin Alone.


Original West End London Production 1993

Previewed 18 February 1993, Opened 3 March 1993 Closed 24 February 1996 at the Prince Edward Theatre

The original cast featured Kirby Ward as 'Bobby Child', Ruthie Henshall as 'Polly Baker', Chris Langham as 'Bela Zangler', Avril Angers as 'Lottie Child', Don Fellows as 'Everett Baker', Amanda Prior as 'Irene Roth', and Shaun Scott as 'Lank Hawkins', with Helen Anker as 'Vera', Robert Austin as 'Andre Fodor', Adam Blaug as 'Billy', Jon Clairmonte as 'Pete', Edwina Cox as 'Betsy', Nicola Dewdney as 'Elaine', Emma Flett as 'Sheila', Alan Forrester as 'Custus', Jane Fowler as 'Susie', Jeremy Harrison as 'Sam', Craig Horwood as 'Perkins'/'Harry', Nicola Hughes as 'Margie', Colin John-Bell as 'Moose', Vanessa Leagh-Hicks as 'Tess', Jason Di Mascio as 'Bud', Kieran McIlroy as 'Mingo', Stephen Mear as 'Wyatt', Rebecca Parker as 'Mitzi', David Shelmerdine as 'Jimmy', Paula Tinker as 'Patricia Fodor', Helen Way as 'Patsy', Lisa Wogan as 'Louise', Gavin Lee, Johanne Murdock, Katie Verner, and David Wilder.

Directed by Mike Ockrent, with choreography by Susan Stoman, sets by Robin Wagner, costumes by William Ivey Long, lighting by Paul Gallo, and sound by Terry Jardine.

The role of 'Bobby Child' was play by Kirby Ward from Thursday 18 February 1993 to Saturday 5 March 1994; and by Tim Flavin from Monday 7 March 1994 through to Saturday 24 February 1996.

The role of 'Polly Baker' was play by Ruthie Henshall from Thursday 18 February 1993 to Saturday 5 March 1994; and byHelen Way from Monday 7 March 1994 through to Saturday 24 February 1996.


1st West End London Revival 2011

Previewed 28 July 2011, Opened 8 August 2011, Closed 10 September 2011 at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Previewed 8 October 2011, Opened 17 October 2011, Closed 17 March 2012 at the Novello Theatre

This production was orignally scheduled to play at the Novello Theatre up to 28 July 2012, but closed four months early.

The cast at London's Open Air Theatre and the West End's Novello Theatre featured Sean Palmer as 'Bobby Child', Clare Foster as 'Polly Baker', David Burt as 'Bela Zangler', Harriet Thorpe as 'Lottie Child'/'Patricia Fodor', Sidney Livingstone as 'Everett Baker', Kim Medcalf as 'Irene Roth', and Michael McKell as 'Lank Hawkins', with Lucy Anderson as 'Louise', Jessica Buckby as 'Betsy', Cara Elston as 'Mitzi', Charlene Ford as 'Elaine', Joanna Goodwin as 'Margie', Amy Griffiths as 'Susie', Samuel Holmes as 'Perkins'/'Jimmy'/'Eugene Fodor', Richard Jones as 'Junior', Joshua Lacey as 'Wyatt', Jo Morris as 'Vera', Harry Morrison as 'Sam', James O'Connell as 'Billy', Alexis Owen Hobbs as 'Patsy', Carl Sanderson as 'Moose', Phil Snowden as 'Pete', Rachel Stanley as 'Tess', and Stephen Whitson as 'Mingo'. The West End cast at the Novello was expanded with four swings: Michelle Andrews, Stuart Dawes, Joshua Lay, Holly Dale Spencer.

Directed by Timothy Sheader, with designs by Peter McKintosh, choreography by Stephen Mear, lighting by Tim Mitchell, and sound by Mike Walker.

Sean Palmer's London theatre credits include the role of 'Chip' in Jude Kelly's revial of the Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green musical On The Town at the London Coliseum in 2007.

Clare Foster's West End credits include the roles of 'Mrs Thistletwat' in Jason Moore's production of the Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx musical Avenue Q at the Noel Coward Theatre in 2006; and the ensemble in Gale Edwards' production of the Philip Henderson and Stephen Clark musical The Far Pavilions at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2005.

David Burt's London theatre credits include the roles of 'Girl's Father' in Amon Miyamoto's production of the Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt musical The Fantasticks at the Duchess Theatre in 2010; 'Douglas Witherby'/'Brian Mandyville' in Tamara Harvey's production of Nicholas De Jongh's Plague Over England at the Finborough Theatre, and transfer to the West End's Duchess Theatre in 2009; 'Jim Fenner' in Maggie Norris' production of Kath Gotts' Bad Girls the Musical at the Garrick Theatre in 2007; 'Cap'n Andy Hawkes' in Francesca Zambello's revival of the Oscar Hammerstein and Jerome Kern musical Show Boat at the Royal Albert Hall in 2006; 'Lieutenant Harkness' in Gale Edwards' production of the Philip Henderson and Stephen Clark musical The Far Pavilions at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2005; 'Judge Sayre' in Craig Revel Horwood's production of the Roger Cook and Les Reed musical Beautiful and Damned at the Lyric Theatre in 2004; 'Mr Darling'/'Gentleman Starkey' in Steven Dexter's revival of JM Barrie's Peter Pan at the Savoy Theatre in 2003; 'Vic Christian' in Gemma Bodinetz's production of the Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe musical Closer to Heaven at the Arts Theatre in 2001; 'Talleyrand' in Francesca Zambello's production of the Andrew Sabiston and Timothy Williams musical Napoleon at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2000; 'Pontius Pilate' in Gale Edwards' revival of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical Jesus Christ Superstar at the Lyceum Theatre in 1996; and 'Enjolras' in the original cast of Trevor Nunn and John Caird's production of the Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg musical Les Miserables at the Barbican Theatre, and transfer to the West End's Palace Theatre in 1985.

"Ken Ludwig's 1993 show is based on a George and Ira Gershwin musical, Girl Crazy, which premiered in 1930 in the economic turmoil following the Wall Street Crash. The intention then was to bring a little sweetness to sour times and Ludwig's ebullient latter-day version is similarly designed to put a smile on your face at all costs. The gags are winningly silly but the music and accompanying routines are nothing short of sublime: you know you're in the presence of something special early on when the bedraggled chorus of cowboys makes its first appearance drawling a clippity-clop version of Bidin' My Time. Director Timothy Sheader and choreographer Stephen Mear won an Olivier Award for their revival of Hello, Dolly! at the Open Air Theatre last year and could well repeat the trick with this outrageously feel-good show." The London Metro

"Beautifully choreographed by Stephen Mear and directed with aplomb by Timothy Sheader, this production is a glorious blaze of colour and exuberance. There is more than a touch of Hollywood to Sean Palmer, who plays Bobby Child, an indefatigably optimistic soul who decides to put on a show in a Nevada ghost town by impersonating a famous impresario. His love interest is Polly (played with endearing kookiness by Clare Foster), who falls for his alter ego rather than him. It is preposterous stuff, but there's enough sassy, wisecracking Jewish humour between such great numbers as They Can't Take That Away from Me, I Got Rhythm and Someone to Watch Over Me to make for an irresistible confection." The Sunday Telegraph

"The musical Crazy For You is perfect late-summer family entertainment... Stephen Mear's choreography is expert and director Timothy Sheader keeps the pulse of the thing racing, with the chorus and cowpokes giving it everything. The excellent David Burt is Zangler, the soft-hearted producer, Sean Palmer (a young Rock Hudson reincarnated) is Bobby his impersonator, and Clare Foster plays Polly, the girl who'll sock a man on the jaw as soon as kiss him. It ends happily (of course) and the production - which manages to lasso Someone To Watch Over Me, Nice Work If You Can Get It and Embraceable You into its 22 numbers - is a guaranteed mood enhancer. The dazzle from the teeth in this all-grinning show is almost overpowering." The Mail on Sunday

Crazy For You in London at the Novello Theatre previewed from 8 October 2011, opened on 17 October 2011, and closed on 17 March 2012