Why See Crazy For You?
There's nothing like a bombastic bobby dazzling Broadway musical to raise spirits and this homegrown production from Susan Stroman is here to prove just that! Premiering at the esteemed Chichester Festival in 2022 this exuberant new iteration of the Ken Ludwig, George and Ira Gershwin classic stars Charlie Stemp as starry-eyed Bobby, who finds himself caught between his passion for theatre and the dreary family banking business when he's sent to foreclose on a theatre in the desert of Nevada, with Carly Anderson as the spirited Polly Baker and Tom Edder as showman Bela Zangler.
Featuring a veritable raft of George and Ira's most cherished tunes, including 'I Got Rhythm', 'Embraceable You', 'They Can't Take That Away From Me' and many, many more, head back to the heady 1930s with this buoyant song and dance spectacle!
What is the story?
Bobby Child may be the heir to a banking empire, but all he's ever really wanted is to be up on the stage. When his domineering mother assigns him the task of foreclosing a rundown theatre in a remote Nevada town, Bobby's dancing feet get the better of him, and he determines to disregard his assignment, and instead, restore the theatre to its former glory. Add the beautiful Polly, daughter of the theatre owner, into the mix, and it looks like Bobby's found his real calling. That is until his mother arrives on the scene, and threatens to put Bobby back on the straight and narrow!
Previews from: 24 June 2023
Opening night: 24 June 2023
You may be required to wear a mask during this performance. Please contact the venue directly for more information.
Cast and Creative
Charlie Stemp as Bobby Child
Carly Anderson as Polly Baker
Tom Edden as Bela Zangler
Natalie Kassanga as Irene Roth
Matthew as Lank Hawkins
Duncan Smith as Everett Baker
Marilyn Cutts as Lottie Child
Sam Harrison as Eugene Fodor
RIna Fatania as Patricia Fodor
Jack Wilcox, Kayleigh Thadani, Kate Parr, Lila Anderson, Harriet Samuel-Gray, Imogen Bowtell, Laura Hills, Ella Valentine, Tara Yasmin, Marc Akinfolarin, Lucas Koch, Philip Bertioli, Jason Battersby, Ashley-Jordan Packer, Nicholas Duncan, Nathan Elwick, Liam Wrate, Joshua Nkemdilm, Nell Martin, Bradley Trevethan, BEthan Downing, Ryan Jupp, Jinny Gould and George Bray
Book by Ken Ludwig
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Music by George Gershwin
Directed by Susan Stroman
Set Design by Beowulf Boritt
Costume design by William Ivey Long
Lighting design by Ken Billington
Musical direction and supervision by Alan Williams
Sound design by Kai Harada
New orchestrations by Doug Besterman and Mark Cumberland
New dance arrangements by David Krane
Wigs, hair and make-up design by Campbell Young Associates
Casting is by Jill Green
UK associate direction and choreography by Richard Pitt
Associate direction and choreography by Angelique Lo.
Next available performances
Wed, Dec 6
Thu, Dec 7
Fri, Dec 8
Sat, Dec 9
Sun, Dec 10
Mon, Dec 11
Tue, Dec 12
What we thought
BRILLIANT engaging Fun
Charlie Stemp is a joy to watch at the centre of this joyous watch.
Charlie Stemp once more proves himself one of the West End's most capable performers in this delightful production, now showing at the Gillian Lynne Theatre following a smash-hit tryout at Chichester Festival Theatre.Read full review
What you thought
3 reviews, average rating: (5.0 Stars)
I have now seen this twice and am thinking of booking again. It is utterly... more
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