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Gillian Lynne Theatre, London
24 June 2023 - 20 January 2024
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Dazzling choreography and fabulous Gershwin tunes abound in this high-energy, five-star revival of classic musical CRAZY FOR YOU, first staged at the Chichester Festival Theatre, now coming to the Gillian Lynne Theatre in London.

Based on George and Ira Gershwin’s Girl Crazy musical, Crazy For You is directed and choreographed by Broadway legend Susan Stroman, and is a glorious  and spectacular night at the theatre.

This riotously fun musical is 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 that are guaranteed to lift your spirits. Ken Ludwig, who wrote the Tony Award-winning Lend Me a Tenor, is responsible for the witty book.

An extraordinary cast is led by Charlie Stemp (Mary Poppins) as Bobby, Carly Anderson (Sunny Afternoon) as Polly and and Drama Desk Award winner Tom Edden as Bela Zangler

Crazy For You will play a limited 24-week season at the Gillian Lynne Theatre from 24 June 2023 to 20 January 2024.

What's the story of Crazy For You?

Theatre-mad Bobby Child struggles to balance the demands of his wealthy New York fiancée and his mother, who both want him to lead the family bank, with his ambitions for a career in show business. He grudgingly travels to Deadrock, Nevada, a deserted mining community, to foreclose on a mortgage at his mother’s urging.

There he discovers that the property where the mortgage is owed is a run-down Victorian theatre and that Polly, the owner’s daughter, is the woman of his dreams. In an effort to rescue the theatre and revitalise the community, Bobby decides to stage a show using glitzy dancers from New York’s Follies in an effort to win her love and prove his good faith.

Who is in the cast of Crazy For You?

Crazy For You stars Charlie Stemp (Mary Poppins, Half a Sixpence) as Bobby, and Carly Anderson (Sunny Afternoon, Sunset Boulevard) as Polly and Drama Desk Award winner Tom Edden as Bela Zangler

Full casting to be announced.

Who are the creative team of Crazy For You?

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 multi-award winning Susan Stroman (The Producers). The set designer is Beowulf Boritt; the costume designer is William Ivey Long; the lighting designer is Ken Billington, the musical director is Alan Williams and the sound designer is Kai Harada; with new orchestrations by Doug Besterman and Mark Cumberland, original orchestrations by William David Brohn, new arrangements by David Krane and original arrangements by Peter Howard. Wigs, hair & make-up design is by Campbell Young Associates, fight direction by Rc-Annie and casting by Jill Green CDG.


Reviews of Crazy For You

★★★★★ "A magnificent revival. Charlie Stemp affirms his status as a 24-carat stage star, matched for poise and sparkle by Carly Anderson" - Telegraph
★★★★★ "Instantly infectious melodies, superb choreography and irresistible comedy are met with astonishing performances in this lovable show" - The Guardian
★★★★★ "Guaranteed to put pep in your step!" - Daily Mail
★★★★★ "It is simply an irrepressible and irresistible show" - Financial Times
★★★★★  Average review score

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Show Information

Performance dates
24 June 2023 - 20 January 2024
Age restrictions
4+
Running time
2 hours 45 minutes (including interval)
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday

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Important Notes

Content Warnings: This production contains smoke and haze effects.

Please note the producers cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artist. The schedule is subject to change and may be affected by contracts, holidays, illness or events beyond the producers’ control.

Children under the age of 4 will not be admitted into the theatre. All persons aged 16 or under must be accompanied by an adult and may not sit on their own within the auditorium.


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Gillian Lynne Theatre, 166 Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5PW
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Crazy For You to open at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in 2023
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. Book tickets to Crazy For You at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in London Photo: JOHAN PERSSON
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Stage Spy: Is Crazy For You heading to the West End?
It's hard to ignore multiple five star reviews when you are scheduling West End theatres... Crazy For You has just opened at the 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! So will Crazy For You transfer to London? The mark "against" is that the show was in London not that long ago... well, a decade ago, with the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre production playing in 2011, and transferring that same year to the Novello Theatre. The marks "for" are the reviews, obviously. But also that Chichester has good form in bringing its hit shows to town. One success - South Pacific - is actually in town now, at Sadler's Wells Theatre, starring Julian Ovenden, Gina Beck and Rob Houchen, directed by Chichester artistic director Daniel Evans. Cameron Mackintosh also brought Chichester's smash-hit 2016 production of Half a Sixpence into town, to much acclaim. That production also starred Crazy For You lead Charlie Stemp, a Mackintosh favourite who has recently (in fact is still technically in, but taking a break from) Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre, playing Bert. Charlie is the real smash of Crazy For You, and it's hard to see how a producer - let's just say Cameron - would not want to bring his performance to London. Mary Poppins is popping off on 8 January 2023, but even if Charlie plays Crazy For You before then, Louis Gaunt is currently doing a great job filling in as Bert. In terms of where it could go, there's a massive backlog of shows waiting to come into town, so it's a scheduling nightmare.. But Cameron's theatre the Noel Coward Theatre, the venue he transferred Half a Sixpence into, will be free from the end of October as Dear Evan Hansen has posted its closing notice for an 22 October 2022 exit. Or, as mentioned already, the Prince Edward - yet another Mackintosh theatre - will be free in January after Mary Poppins. There's some nice symmetry in that given the London transfer of the Broadway production - which made Ruthie Henshall a star as Polly alongside Kirby Ward as Bobby, opened at the Prince Edward in 1993 - so it would be more or less exactly 30 years since the original London production. That production was directed by Mike Ockrent and choreographed by Susan Stroman - who is directing and choreographing this new Chichester production. If she's not reason enough to bring Crazy For You in to London, then we don't know what is. We'll keep you posted on if and when Crazy For You tickets go on sale. Or sign up to our Email Alerts for the latest news. Photo: JOHAN PERSSON Book tickets to Crazy For You at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in London
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Susan Stroman to direct Crazy For You at Chichester starring Charlie Stemp
Tony Award winning Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman is coming to the UK this year to direct a new revival of smash-hit musical Crazy for You. Produced by Chichester Festival Theatre and timed to celebrate their 60th anniversary season and the 30th anniversary of the show, Crazy For You will star Charlie Stemp as Bobby, who returns to Chichester following his breakout debut in Half a Sixpence in 2016. Stemp is currently starring as Bert in Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre in London, and will leave the show on 19 June 2022, to be replaced by Louis Gaunt from 22 June. Producers Cameron Mackintosh and Disney Theatrical Productions have left it open whether Stemp will return to the show. Other casting for Crazy For You includes Tom Edden as Follies impresario Bela Zangler, although there's no news on who will play the female lead, Polly. Crazy For You will run at Chichester from 11 July to 4 September 2022. Directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, she returns to the show after choreographing the original 1992 Broadway production directed by Mike Ockrent. The first West End production was in 1993 at the Prince Edward Theatre, directed by Ockrent, choreographed by Stroman, and starring Ruthie Henshall, Kirby Ward, and Chris Langham. The creative team also includes set design by Beowulf Boritt, costume designer by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Ken Billington, musical direction by Alan Williams, new orchestrations by Doug Besterman and Mark Cumberland, original orchestrations by William David Brohn, sound design by Kai Harada, new arrangements by David Krane, original arrangements by Peter Howard and casting by Jill Green CDG. Crazy For You features music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, a book by Ken Ludwig, co-conception by Ken Ludwig and Mike Ockrent, and is inspired by material by Guy Bolton and John McGowan. The show is full of Gershwin melodies, including Someone to Watch Over Me, Embraceable You, I Got Rhythm and They Can’t Take That Away from Me, and features a succession of glorious tap-dance routines. The plot of the show centres on theatre-mad Bobby Child, who is torn between his show-business dreams and his rich, demanding New York fiancée and rich, demanding New York mother who want him to run the family bank. On his mother’s insistence, he reluctantly heads west for the bygone mining town of Deadrock, Nevada, to foreclose on a mortgage. There he finds the mortgage in question is on a dilapidated Victorian theatre and the owner’s daughter Polly is the girl of his dreams. Desperate to prove his good faith and win her love, Bobby lights on the idea of putting on a show – complete with glamorous dancers from New York’s Follies – to save the theatre and renew the town… Stroman is at the top of the Broadway tree, having won five Tony and two Olivier Awards for productions including The Producers, Contact and The Scottsboro Boys. Charlie Stemp plays Bobby, returning to Chichester where he played Arthur Kipps in Half A Sixpence in 2016, for which he won the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Actor in a Musical and received Olivier and UK Theatre Award nominations. The production transferred to the West End, and was recently broadcast on Sky Arts as Kipps – The New Half A Sixpence Musical. He has starred on Broadway in Hello, Dolly! opposite Bette Midler and Bernadette Peters, and at the London Palladium in Dick Whittington, Snow White and Pantoland at the Palladium. He is currently playing Bert in Mary Poppins in the West End, for which he received his second Olivier Award nomination. Tom Edden makes his Chichester debut as Bela Zangler; he received a Drama Desk Award and Tony Award nomination for One Man, Two Guvnors at the NT, West End and on Broadway, and his extensive work also includes Cyrano de Bergerac, Matilda, The Pinter Season and Les Misérables in the West End, Amadeus at the NT and Oliver! at Sheffield Crucible. Book tickets to Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre in London Book tickets to Crazy For You at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in London
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s Highly Acclaimed Production Of The Gershwin Musical Crazy For You Transfers To London’s West End
PERFORMANCES BEGIN AT THE NOVELLO THEATRE ON SATURDAY 8 OCTOBER “Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s production of CRAZY FOR YOU is simply glorious and I’m so delighted it’s transferring to the West End, where even more people will have the opportunity to enjoy it as thoroughly as I did”. – Dame Judi Dench, Board Member, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre The Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre smash hit Gershwin musical CRAZY FOR YOU will transfer to London’s West End, opening at the Novello Theatre on Friday 7 October. Cameron Mackintosh, who was full of praise when he saw the show in Regent’s Park, is thrilled to be able to play host to the production in one of his theatres. CRAZY FOR YOU reunites director Timothy Sheader and choreographer Stephen Mear, who were responsible for the multi-award winning production of Hello, Dolly!. CRAZY FOR YOU, with book by Ken Ludwig, is one of the most joyous musicals, with a Gershwin score containing some of the brothers’ most beautiful and memorable songs, including I Got Rhythm, Someone to Watch Over Me, Embraceable You, They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Shall We Dance, But Not For Me, and Nice Work If You Can Get It. The entire company of the Regent’s Park production will star in the West End run, led by theatre veterans Harriet Thorpe and David Burt, and introducing to the British stage the highly respected Broadway performer, Sean Palmer as Bobby Child, alongside Clare Foster as Polly Baker, Kim Medcalf as Irene Roth and Michael McKell as Lank. The sets and costumes are by Peter McKintosh, who also designed the Open Air Theatre’s Hello, Dolly!, as well as The 39 Steps, Butley, Love Story and Luise Miller, amongst others. Lighting design is by Tim Mitchell. The Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of CRAZY FOR YOU is being produced in the West End by Mark Goucher, Adam Spiegel and William Village. Release issued by: Amanda Malpass PR LINKS Book tickets to Crazy For You at the Novello Theatre in London

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