Opening Next Week: The New Gershwin Musical Crazy For You

“Who Could Ask For Anything More?”

The toe-tapping tunes of George and Ira Gershwin combine with an updated script by the master of stage comedy, Ken Ludwig, to create an evening of theater unlike anything you’ve seen in years!

Lucinda Harvey as “Polly” hears a modest proposal from Andrew Cannon as “Bobby”

Featuring a cast of talented singers and dancers drawn from both community and campus, this co-production by Playhouse 2000 and Schreiner University will raise your spirits and lighten your heart – and send you from the theater with any one of a dozen terrific songs on your lips.

The story of Crazy For You is lifted largely from the 1930’s Gershwin musical Girl Crazy.  In it, our hero, “Bobby Child” (played by Andrew Cannon) wants badly to be a hoofer on the Broadway stage – if only his bank-owner mother (Joan C. Bryson) and fierce fiance (Jessica Sturm) would let him, and impresario Bella Zangler (Ian Banchs) would hire him.

Sent on banking business to desolate Deadrock, Nevada, Bobby falls hard for the perky postmistress “Polly Baker” (Lucinda Harvey) and sets out to win her hand.

 

In a scheme to save the once-beautiful Gaiety Theater in Deadrock, Bobby impersonates Zangler, bringing a bevy of beauties (Seabrook JonesSara PieperSammie StovellAnna Marie ArceKayla KroekerMariah Muñoz, and Phoenix Miller) to town to “put on a show.”

Despite the efforts of townsfolk (Destiny Garcia, Caitlyn April GossAhtziri HernandezLily RussellCarol VincentColton VanFossen and Topher Zieske, with Marcus GoodyearWarren Schlecte and Jeremy Sosa as the “Cowboy Trio”) and a visit by guidebook writers “Eugene and Patricia Fodor” (Brandon Cunningham and Ginny Shaw), it looks like things won’t work out. The only option for Polly may be to sell the theater to saloon owner “Lank Hawkins” (Houston Glover.)

Of course – though “Boy Loses Girl” for a time – the ending is a happy one.

Crazy For You borrows an amazing sampling of Gershwin hits from their long list of musicals and movies.  The score is jam-packed with well-known numbers by the songwriting pair, including “Embraceable You,” “I Got Rhythm,” “Slap That Bass,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” “Naughty Baby,” “But Not For Me,” and many more!

The curtain goes up on FRIDAY April 6 for a three weekend run in The Cailloux Theater.  Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30, with one Matinee on Sunday, April 15 at 2:30.  Tickets are $22 and $27 (depending on seating) and – to encourage you to bring the family – all Student/Child tickets are just $17.

You can reserve the best seats HERE.  Or – even better – call our Box Office at (830) 896-9393 for personal service.

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