The Signature Theatre production of the Tony-winning musical Crazy for You plays the MAX Theatre November 7–January 14, 2018.
Helmed by Signature Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner, the cast is led by Danny Gardner (Broadway’s Dames at Sea) and Ashley Spencer (Broadway’s Grease) as Bobby Child and Polly Baker, respectively.
Gardner and Spencer are joined by Bobby Smith (Signature’s Titanic) as Bela Zangler, Natascia Diaz (Signature’s West Side Story) as Irene Roth, Cole Burden (Broadway’s The Bridges of Madison County) as Lank Hawkins, Sean Bell (The Radio City Christmas Spectacular) as Billy/Perkins, DeMoya Watson Brown (Signature’s Jelly’s Last Jam) as Louise, Kurt Boehm (Signature’s West Side Story) as Mingo, Jennifer Cordiner (Signature’s West Side Story) as Betsy, Tricia DeSario (42nd Street national tour) as Margie, Sherri L. Edelen (Signature’s Gypsy) as Mother/Patricia Fodor, Colleen Hayes (Signature’s West Side Story) as Patsy, Andre Hinds (Signature’s Jesus Christ Superstar) as Custus, Elise Kowalick (Shakespeare Theatre’s Romeo and Juliet) as Vera, Robert Mintz (Signature’s The Visit) as Jimmy, Georgina Moore (42nd Street national tour) as Sheila, Corinne Munsch (Bullets Over Broadway national tour) as Mitzi, A. Ross Neal (Orlando Shakespeare Theatre’s Nicholas Nickleby) as Moose, Maria Rizzo (Signature’s A Little Night Music) as Tess, Robbie Roby (Broadway’s Billy Elliot) as Wyatt, Thomas Adrian Simpson (Signature’s Jesus Christ Superstar) as Pete/Eugene Fodor, Harrison Smith (Signature’s Jesus Christ Superstar) as Sam, and Harry A. Winter (Signature’s Hairspray) as Everett Baker.
Tony nominee Denis Jones (Broadway’s Holiday Inn, Honeymoon in Vegas) choreographs.
The Gershwin musical, with a book by Ken Ludwig, concerns Bobby Child, a musical-loving banker who is sent to foreclose on a small-town theatre and decides to revive it instead. Songs include “I’ve Got Rhythm,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Embraceable You,” and “Nice Work if You Can Get It.”
“After 28 years, it is about time that Signature Theatre put the Gershwins on our stage,” said Signature Theatre Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer in an earlier statement. “Mixed together with Washington's own comedic master Ken Ludwig, it makes for the perfect combination of great musical theatre comedy. With Matthew Gardiner and Denis Jones leading the production, it promises to be the perfect holiday show for everyone!”
"Crazy for You hearkens back to the days of the MGM Musical, when Fred and Ginger glided across the floor, Gene Kelly tap danced in the rain, and Judy and Micky saved the town by putting on a show,” added Gardiner. “I grew up on those classic Hollywood musicals like Singin’ in The Rain, Easter Parade and Swing Time. To finally get the chance to direct a musical that is such a beautifully crafted homage to those classic films and optimistic stage musicals of the 1930s is a real thrill for me, especially with choreographer Denis Jones by my side. Danny Gardner and Ashley Spencer are sure to be a dynamic duo, and with Bobby Smith (who was in the original Broadway production) taking on the role of Bela Zangler, I can't imagine a better company of actors."
The production also has musical direction by Jon Kalbfleisch, scenic design by Paul Tate dePoo III, lighting design by Jason Lyons, costume design by Tristan Raines, sound design by Ryan Hickey, wig design by Leah Loukas, associate direction by Kelly D’Amboise, associate choreography by Robbie Roby, and fight choreography by Casey Kaleba.
The production stage manager is Kerry Epstein, and the assistant stage manager is Jessica Skelton; New York casting is by Laura Stancyzk, CSA.
For ticket information, visit SigTheatre.org.
Photos: Laura Osnes, Rachel Bloom, and Tony Yazbeck in Crazy for You
(Updated November 7, 2017)