Harry Groener, who earned a Tony Award nomination for creating the role of Bobby Child in the 1992 Broadway musical Crazy for You, will play Broadway producer Bella Zangler in Manhattan Concert Productions’ presentation of the Tony Award-winning Gershwin musical, which will take place February 19, 2017, at David Geffen Hall.
As previously reported, Tony Yazbeck (Gypsy, On the Town) will star as Bobby Child opposite two-time Tony nominee Laura Osnes (Bandstand, Cinderella) as Polly Baker in the concert event.
Technically, this isn’t Groener’s first go at “playing” Zangler. Within the plot of Crazy for You, the character of Bobby disguises himself as the Broadway producer.
The one-night-only event will be directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman, who won the 1992 Tony Award for Best Choreography on the original production of Crazy for You.
The concert presentation will feature Stroman’s iconic original choreography.
Crazy for You will feature a chorus of 240 singers from across the United States and the New York City Chamber Orchestra.
With music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, and book by Ken Ludwig, Crazy for You is based on the Gershwins’ 1930 musical Girl Crazy. The original Broadway production of Crazy for You was directed by the late Mike Ockrent. It won three 1992 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
Tickets are on sale at Lincolncenter.org, by calling CenterCharge (212) 721-6500 or by visiting the David Geffen Hall box office at 10 Lincoln Center Plaza (Columbus Avenue at 65th Street).