Susan Stroman’s acclaimed revival of Crazy For You will transfer to the Gillian Lynne Theatre in June 2023.
The transfer news, first reported in Deadline confirms Charlie Stemp (Mary Poppins), Carly Anderson (Sunny Afternoon) and Tom Eden will reprise their roles as Bobby, Polly and Bela Zangler.
Running for a strictly limited 30-week season the show will begin previews on 24 June 2023 with press night on 3 July 2023.
Crazy For You opened at Chichester Festival Theatre to some pretty wild acclaim from the London critics, with Arifa Akbar in The Guardian, Dominic Cavendish inThe Telegraph and Patrick Marmion in The Daily Mail all giving it Five Stars; and these are not necessarily easy people to please!
Stroman described Stemp, who is currently in his final weeks of Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre as “a cross between Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly” and praised Anderson for the “contemporary edge that she brings to the role of Polly Walker”.
Producer Michael Harrison is so impressed with Stemp’s performance he reportedly has first refusal of playing Bobby Child in New York should he and fellow producers Joey Parnes and Sally Horchow, daughter of original Crazy For You producer Roger Horchow, decide to transfer the show to Broadway.
Producers Joey Parnes, Sally Horchow and Michael Harrison said: “Susan Stroman’s exuberant production of Crazy For You was the most infectiously joyful show of the year. Charlie and Carly’s performances brought both great romance and spectacle to its heart, and Tom Edden was absolutely hilarious! We are so thrilled that London audiences will now be able to experience this dazzling musical in the superb setting of the Gillian Lynne Theatre.”
Based on George and Ira Gershwin’s Girl Crazy musical, Crazy For You is a riotously fun musical comedy filled with wonderful Gershwin tunes, including Someone to Watch Over Me, Embraceable You, I Got Rhythm, and They Can’t Take That Away from Me. And it has breathtaking tap dance routines.
Crazy For You has music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, and a book by Ken Ludwig. The show is directed and choreographed by Broadway legend Susan Stroman.
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