Ashley Spencer and Danny Gardner Will Star in Signature's Crazy for You

Regional News   Ashley Spencer and Danny Gardner Will Star in Signature's Crazy for You
The Gershwin musical will begin performances at the Virginia venue in November.
Ashley Spencer and Danny Gardner
Ashley Spencer and Danny Gardner

Initial casting has been announced for the Signature Theatre's upcoming production of the Tony-winning musical Crazy for You, which will play the MAX Theatre November 7–January 14, 2018.

Helmed by Signature Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner, the cast will be 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 will be joined by Bobby Smith (Signature’s Titanic) as Bela Zangler, Natascia Diaz (Signature’s West Side Story) as Irene Roth, and Cole Burden (Broadway’s The Bridges of Madison County) as Lank Hawkins.

Tony nominee Denis Jones (Broadway’s Holiday Inn, Honeymoon in Vegas) will choreograph.

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 a 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."

Remaining casting and creative team members will be announced next month.

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