Crazy For You
Sean Palmer & Clare Foster, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, London
Crazy For You
Clare Foster, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, London
Crazy For You
Sean Palmer & Clare Foster, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, London
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Photo by Paul Lyden. Amanda Paulson and Kristen Beth Williams, North Shore Music Theatre
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Photo by Paul Lyden. Amanda Watkins, Jeffry Denman and company, North Shore Music Theatre

Crazy For You

Crazy For You

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A Musical Comedy with music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin.

Winner of the Tony, Olivier and Helen Hayes Awards for Best Musical of the Year – and seen nationwide on PBS Great Performances - Crazy for You ran for four years on Broadway and three in London and has become a fixture in the world of musical comedy since its debut. Set in the 1930s, it is the story of Bobby Child, the sweet son of a wealthy New York banking family, whose dream in life is to dance on Broadway. Despite protests from his battle-ax of a mother and wealthy soon-to-be-ex-fiancé, Bobby flees to Deadrock, Nevada where he falls in love with the only girl within 50 miles and achieves his dream. Memorable Gershwin tunes include I Can't Be Bothered Now, Shall We Dance, Bidin' My Time, I Got Rhythm, Naughty Baby, They Can't Take That Away from Me, But Not for Me, Nice Work if You Can Get It, Embraceable You and Someone to Watch Over Me. Crazy for You is a high energy, screw-ball comedy complete with mistaken identity, plot twists, fabulous dance numbers and classic Gershwin music. It was directed on Broadway by Mike Ockrent and choreographed by Susan Stroman.

For 6 men, 6 women and chorus.


"When future historians try to find the exact moment at which Broadway finally rose up to grab the musical back from the British, they just may conclude that the revolution began last night. The shot was fired at the Shubert Theater, where a riotously entertaining show called Crazy for You uncorked the American musical's classic blend of music, laughter, dancing, sentiment and showmanship with a freshness and confidence rarely seen during the Cats decade. The miracle has been worked here most ingeniously, though not exclusively, by an extraordinary choreographer named Susan Stroman and the playwright Ken Ludwig."
Frank Rich, New York Times

"It is heaven on earth. Everything an American musical comedy should be."
The New Yorker

"It's no easy task writing a new book for a half a dozen of the best songs ever written for Broadway, and keeping the style of the song-writers, especially when they happen to be named George and Ira Gerwhin, but that's just what Lend Me A Tenor's Ken Ludwig has done with his newest, Crazy For You, the absolutely smashing, razzle-dazzle musical which opened Wednesday night at the Shubert Theater."


"The brass and the gold of Broadway are back! Ludwig excels in wonderful vaudeville put-down and shows off his neat timing for comedy. Crazy For You will doubtless have audiences crazy for it through a blissfully indefinite future."
The New York Post

"An explosion of joy! Something scrumptious indeed. Things are looking up!"

The New York Daily News

"A firecracker of a show! A fizzy new libretto by Ken Ludwig and the choreography of your dreams by Susan Stroman."

USA Today

"This show has enough energy to light up Broadway for a decade, and that's how long it may run. Crazy For You is a knockout smash hit."
WNYW-New York

"Ken Ludwig delivers surprise after surprise. He has written one of the funniest shows around."
The Philadelphia Enquirer

"A Great Broadway Musical! A show to take your kids to. … A show friends come in from out-of-town just to see!"

"Pure Joy! The concept is brilliant."


"A knockout smash hit! Great music, witty lyrics … and a nonstop sense of fun."


"Wow! What at show! It is absolutely fabulous!"


"Broadway's newest hit! It's terrific!"

"Frantically funny!"
Malden Observer

"From screwball start to dreamy finish, "Crazy for You" practically floats over the Kirkwood stage. Under the direction of Michael Hamilton, it makes a delicious close to Stages' 2007 season."
Judy Newmark, St. Louis Post-Dispatch


3 Tony Awards – for Best Musical, Choreographer and Costume Designer

9 Tony Nominations, including Best Book of a Musical

The Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical from the London Society of West End Theatres

The Helen Hayes Award for Best Musical of the Year

3 Outer Critics Circle Awards – for Best Musical, Choreographer and Design

2 Drama Desk Awards – for Best Musical and Choreographer.

Full Reviews

- Broadway Production, Shubert Theatre
The Wall Street Journal
The New York Times
The New Yorker

-John W. Engeman Theatre at Northport Production
The New York Times

-North Shore Music Theatre Production
Malden Observer

Listen%20icon_green.jpgListen to an interview with Ken Ludwig for Chicago's Talk Theatre podcast!


Crazy for You: Broadway playwright Ken Ludwig, a York native, is hitting his stride, By Michael Long, The Lancaster Sunday News

Denman Gives Them the Song and Dance--The Actor Uses all his Talents in Crazy for You, By Terry Byrne, Globe Correspondent, The Boston Globe

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Production Photos

Crazy For You, Toronto
directed by Mike Ockrent, choreographed by Susan Stroman
PC: Joan Marcus

Above Jim Walton as Bobby - Camilla Scot as Polly

Left Jim Walton as Bobby
Right Shane McPherson - Marianne McCord

Crazy For You, Broadway
directed by Mike Ockrent, choreographed by Susan Stroman
PC: Joan Marcus

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Left Michelle Pawk as Irene - John Hillner as Lank
Right Jodi Benson as Polly - Harry Groener as Bobby

Bruce Adler as Bela Zangler


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Left Jodi Benson as Polly - Harry Groener as Bobby
Right Jane Connell as Mother

North Shore Music Theatre Production
Photos by Paul Lyden
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David Coffee and Jeffry Denman

Jeffry Denman and Amanda Watkins

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