Until 20 Jan
Runtime: 2h 45m
Charlie Stemp, Carly Anderson, and Tom Edden reprise their roles as Susan Stroman’s 2022 Chichester Festival Theatre success dances its way into the West End to raise the spirits. Look, if you are looking for depth and meaning, then forget it, but if you want to leave the theatre floating on air, then this 1992 composite Gershwin musical—inspired by Girl Crazy—set in an abandoned mining town during the Great Depression fits the bill. There’s brilliant choreography (including that great spirit-raiser, tap dancing), inspired songs including I’ve Got Rhythm and Shall We Dance?, and superb performances. Plot-wise, it’s as creaky as an old mine shaft, but hell, if this doesn’t send you out of the theatre floating on air, you should urgently check your own pulse.
Transferring straight from a sell-out season at the Chichester Festival Theatre, this spectacular production stars Charlie Stemp (Olivier-nominated star of Half a Sixpence and Mary Poppins) as Bobby, Carly Anderson (star of Wicked) as Polly and Drama Desk Award winner Tom Edden as Bela Zangler. Theatre-mad Bobby Child is torn between his show-business dreams, his rich, demanding New York fiancée and his 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. This hilarious, riotously entertaining musical is packed with glorious Gershwin melodies (including Someone to Watch Over Me, Embraceable You, I Got Rhythm and They Can’t Take That Away from Me), with stunning tap dance routines guaranteed to set the spirits soaring. The witty book and dialogue are written by Ken Ludwig, who also wrote this season’s Murder on the Orient Express and is the author of the Tony Award-winning Lend Me a Tenor. This brand new production, which celebrates the work’s 30th anniversary, is directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman: true Broadway royalty and winner of five Tony and two Olivier Awards for productions including The Producers, Contact and The Scottsboro Boys. Content: 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.
Crazy For You, the celebrated musical comedy from George and Ira Gershwin, is returning to the West End. After a spectacular 30th anniversary revival at Chichester Festival Theatre, the show is now making its way to London. From 24 June 2023, Crazy For You will play a six-month season at the Gillian Lynne theatre, offering plenty of opportunity for fans old and new to return to the heart-warming production time and time again
Crazy For You tells the story of Bobby Child, a young man struck by showbiz fever. Torn between chasing his dreams and following his duty at the family bank, he meets a young woman who might just sway him towards the bright lights of the stage… Crazy For You is a romantic musical event to remember, and a revival that has blown critics away. Book your Crazy For You musical tickets today.
Crazy For You is a musical comedy that draws from the immortal songbook of the Gershwin brothers to tell a tale of romance, theatrics and finding your path. When theatre-mad Bobby Child reluctantly turns away from the stage to follow his path in the family bank, he finds it hard to let go of his theatrical ambitions entirely. Sent to Nevada to foreclose on a theatre’s mortgage, he finds himself quickly enamoured with the theatre owner’s daughter, Polly. How can Billy hope to win Polly’s hand and save the theatre her family holds dear? There’s only one thing for it – he’ll have to put on a magnificent show…
With spectacular choreography, an infectiously entertaining book and a score from Broadway legends George and Ira Gershwin, the Crazy For You 2023 revival is sure to deliver a riotous good time. The original production of Crazy For You won both the Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Musical in 1992 and 1993 respectively – now this new revival from director and choreographer Susan Stroman promises to make waves three decades later.
Crazy For You stars Charlie Stemp as Bobby Child. Stemp is known for his work in shows such as Mary Poppins and Half a Sixpence, as well as in the Chichester Festival Theatre revival of Crazy For You. Starring alongside him as Polly is Carly Anderson, previously seen as Glinda in Wicked. Tom Edden, seen in Cyrano de Bergerac, has also been announced as Bela Zangler.
Crazy For You features direction and choreography from Susan Stroman, winner of multiple Tony and Olivier awards. It features a book by celebrated American playwright Ken Ludwig and a score from the Gershwin brothers, Ira and George, who are responsible for many of Broadway’s most beloved pieces of music.
Crazy For You brings its cheer and charm to the Gillian Lynne Theatre in summer of 2023. From the 24th of June, the show will play a six-month season on the West End, transferring from a sold-out run at the Chichester Festival Theatre. Don’t miss out on the revival everyone’s talking about – make sure to book your Crazy For You musical tickets today with Stagedoor.