Following a critically acclaimed February concert version of Crazy for You, the winner of the 1992 Tony Award for Best Musical, Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie and Broadway producer Joey Parnes announced that the Gershwin musical will play a limited pre-Broadway engagement next winter at the Ahmanson Theatre.
Susan Stroman (The Producers, Show Boat, Contact), who won the first of her five Tony Awards for choreographing the original Broadway production of Crazy for You, will direct and choreograph the run, which is scheduled to begin February 7, 2018, and continue through March 18.
Crazy for You, with music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and a book by two-time Tony Award nominee Ken Ludwig, is based on the 1930 musical Girl Crazy. The 1992 Broadway production was directed by the late Mike Ockrent.
“Crazy for You is—at its heart —a raucous musical tale about the power art has to bring life to a community and purpose to its people,” Stroman said in a statement. “It’s as resonant today as ever, and I am thrilled at the chance to re-discover this show and introduce a whole new generation to its great comedy, unabashed romance and the most choreographically-inspiring Gershwin music the world has ever known.”
“I’m thrilled that a whole new generation of theatregoers will get to see Crazy for You at the great and glorious Ahmanson Theatre,” added Ludwig. “It will be a treat for me to roll up my sleeves, revisit the show and spend time once again in Deadrock, Nevada with Bobby, Polly and Bela Zangler.”
The cast of the February 19 Crazy for You concert was led by Tony Award nominee Tony Yazbeck (Gypsy, On the Town) as Bobby Child and two-time Tony nominee Laura Osnes (Bandstand, Cinderella) as Polly Baker. No casting for the upcoming production has been announced.
Check out rehearsal footage from the recent concert below:
Crazy for You completes Center Theatre Group’s 2017–2018 season at the Ahmanson Theatre, which includes the previously announced productions of The Red Shoes, Bright Star, Something Rotten!, Soft Power, and The Humans. For additional information and to charge season tickets by phone, call (213) 972-4444 or visit CenterTheatreGroup.org/Ahmanson.