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Crazy for you (1992)

Compositeur: George Gershwin

Parolier: Ira Gershwin

Librettiste: Ken Ludwig

This show was created by using some of “Girl Crazy” (1930) and adding a dozen more Gershwin songs from other sources to create a “new” Gershwin musical. It opened on Broadway in February 1992 and ran for 1,622 performances, winning Tonys for Best Musical, Best Choreography, and Best Costumes. The London production ran for nearly three years winning Olivier Awards for Best Musical and for Susan Stroman’s quite exceptional and innovative choreography.

Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités

Résumé

CRAZY FOR YOU™ is the story of Bobby Child, a well-to-do 1930's playboy, who's dream in life is to dance. And despite the serious efforts of his mother and soon-to-be-ex-fiancee, Bobby achieves his dream! Memorable Gershwin tunes include I Can't Be Bothered Now, Bidin' My Time, I Got Rhythm, Naughty Baby, They Can't Take That Away from Me, But Not for Me, Nice Work if You Can Get It, Embraceable You and Someone to Watch Over Me. It's a high energy comedy which includes mistaken identity, plot twists, fabulous dance numbers and classic Gershwin music.

Synopsis complet

 

Historique du musical

Génèse du musical

The Broadway production was directed by Mike Ockrent and choreographed by Susan Stroman. After 10 previews, it opened at the Shubert Theatre on February 19, 1992, and ran for 1,622 performances. The cast included Jodi Benson as Polly, Harry Groener as Bobby Child, Bruce Adler as Bela Zangler, John Hillner as Lank Hawkins, Michele Pawk as Irene Roth, Jane Connell as Mother, Beth Leavel as Tess (Leavel also understudied Benson), Ronn Carroll as Everett Baker, and Stephen Temperley and Amelia White as Eugene and Patricia Fodor. The Manhattan Rhythm Kings played cowboys Mingo, Moose, and Sam, singing in their trademark close harmony.

In his review in The New York Times, Frank Rich wrote, "When future historians try to find the exact moment at which Broadway finally rose up to grab the musical back from the British, they just may conclude that the revolution began last night. The shot was fired at the Shubert Theater, where a riotously entertaining show called Crazy for You uncorked the American musical’s classic blend of music, laughter, dancing, sentiment and showmanship with a freshness and confidence rarely seen during the Cats decade . . . Crazy for You scrapes away decades of cabaret and jazz and variety-show interpretations to reclaim the Gershwins’ standards, in all their glorious youth, for the dynamism of the stage."

A cast album was released by Angel Records.

The West End production, directed by Ockrent, choreographed by Stroman, and starring Ruthie Henshall, Kirby Ward, and Chris Langham, opened at the Prince Edward Theatre on March 3, 1993 and ran for nearly three years.

On October 20, 1999, the PBS series Great Performances broadcast a production directed by Matthew Diamond, who was nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Direction of a Variety or Music Program.

On October 18, 2009, a showtime challenge, charity gala performance of Crazy for You, directed by Katherine Hare and choreographed by Racky Plews was staged by Eyebrow Productions at the London Palladium. Eyebrow are well known for their unique Showtime Challenges, where all aspects of the show are rehearsed and performed in 48 hours. All proceeds went to Cecily's Fund.

In 2011, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre did a revival of Crazy for You as part of the 2011 Summer Season. The production has since moved to the West End, at the Novello Theatre where it is running from October 8, 2011 to July 28, 2012.

 

Détails

Liste des chansons

Acte I
Overture
"K-ra-zy for You" (from Treasure Girl) – Bobby
"I Can't Be Bothered Now" (from A Damsel in Distress) – Bobby, Follies Girls
"Bidin' My Time" (from Girl Crazy) – Cowboy Trio and Cowboys
"Things Are Looking Up" (from A Damsel in Distress) – Bobby
"Could You Use Me" (from Girl Crazy) – Bobby and Polly
"Shall We Dance?" (from Shall We Dance) – Bobby
"Entrance to Nevada" – Follies Girls and Cowboys
"Someone to Watch Over Me" (from Oh, Kay) – Polly
"Slap That Bass" (from Shall We Dance) – Bobby, Pete, Patsy, Tess, and Chorus
"Embraceable You" (from Girl Crazy) – Polly and Bobby
"Tonight's the Night"≠ – Chorus
"I Got Rhythm" (from Girl Crazy) – Polly and Chorus

Acte II
Entr'acte
"The Real American Folk Song is a Rag" (from Ladies First) – Cowboy Trio and Chorus
"What Causes That?" (from Treasure Girl) – Bobby and Zangler
"Naughty Baby"≠≠ – Irene, Cowboy Quartet, Lank
"Stiff Upper Lip" (from A Damsel in Distress) – Eugene, Patricia, Bobby, Polly, and Chorus
"They Can't Take That Away from Me" (from Shall We Dance) – Bobby
"But Not for Me" (from Girl Crazy) – Polly
"But Not for Me" (Reprise) – Polly
New York Interlude (Concerto in F)
"Nice Work If You Can Get It" (from A Damsel in Distress) – Follies Girls, and Bobby
"Bidin' My Time" (French Reprise) – Cowboy Trio
"Things Are Looking Up" (Reprise) – Everett
Finale – Chorus

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Génèse

  Ken Ludwig, le librettiste 

  Ken Ludwig crée une œuvre de Gershwin 

  Synopsis de "Girl Crazy" 

Artistes

  Jeffry Denman, le Bobby Childs du North Shore Music Theatre en 2007 

 

Versions du musical

Versions majeures de Crazy for you

Version 1

Crazy for you (1992-02-Shubert Theatre-Broadway) (Original)
Durée : 3 ans 10 mois 3 semaines
Nombre : 10 previews - 1622 représentations
Première Preview : vendredi 31 janvier 1992
Première : mercredi 19 février 1992
Dernière : dimanche 07 janvier 1996
Mise en scène : Mike Ockrent
Chorégraphie : Susan Stroman
Avec : Polly Baker … Jodi Benson
Bobby Child … Harry Groener
Bela Zangler … Bruce Adler
Lank Hawkins … John Hillner
Irene Roth … Michele Pawk
Everett Baker … Ronn Carroll
Mother … Jane Connell
Tess … Beth Leavel
Eugene … Stephen Temperley
Patricia … Amelia White
Patsy … Stacey Logan
Sheila … Judine Hawkins Richard
Mitzi … Paula Leggett
Susie … Ida Henry
Louise … Jean Marie
Betsy … Penny Ayn Maas
Margie … Salomé Mazard
Vera … Louise Ruck
Elaine … Pamela Everett
Perkins … Gerry Burkhardt
Moose … Brian M. Nalepka
Mingo … Tripp Hanson
Sam … Hal Shane
Junior … Casey Nicholaw
Custus … Gerry Burkhardt
Pete … Fred Anderson
Jimmy … Michael Kubala
Billy … Ray Roderick
Wyatt … Jeffrey Lee Broadhurst
Harry … Joel Goodness
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Version 2

Crazy for you (1993-03-Prince Edward Theatre-London) (Original London)
Durée : 2 ans 11 mois 4 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mercredi 03 mars 1993
Première : mercredi 03 mars 1993
Dernière : samedi 24 février 1996
Mise en scène : Mike Ockrent
Chorégraphie : Susan Stroman
Avec : Kirby Ward (Bobby Child), Ruthie Henshall (Polly Baker), Avril Angers (Mother), Amanda Prior (Irene Roth), Chris Langham (Bela Zangler) , Don Fellows (Everett Baker), Kieran Mcllroy, Stephen Mear, Gavin Lee
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Version 3

Crazy for you (1999-04-Paper Mill Playhouse-Milburn) (Revival)
Durée : 1 mois 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mercredi 14 avril 1999
Première : mercredi 14 avril 1999
Dernière : dimanche 30 mai 1999
Mise en scène : James Brennan
Chorégraphie : Angelique Ilo
Avec : Avec: Bruce Adler, Jeb Brown, Jane Connell, Sandy Edgerton, Larry Linville, Stacey Logan, Jim Walton
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Version 4

Crazy for you (2007-05-North Shore Music Theatre-Beverly) (Revival)
Durée : 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mardi 24 avril 2007
Première : mardi 24 avril 2007
Dernière : dimanche 13 mai 2007
Mise en scène :
Chorégraphie :
Avec :
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Version 5

Crazy for you (2011-08-Open Air Theatre Regents Park-London) (Revival)
Durée : 1 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : jeudi 28 juillet 2011
Première : lundi 08 août 2011
Dernière : samedi 10 septembre 2011
Mise en scène : Timothy Sheader
Chorégraphie : Stephen Mear
Avec : Bela Zangler … David Burt
Bobby Child … Sean Palmer
Polly Baker … Clare Foster
Irene Roth … Kim Medcalf
Mother/Patricia … Harriet Thorpe
Lank … Michael McKell
Tess … Rachel Stanley
Patsy … Alexis Owen Hobbs
Eugene … Samuel Holmes
Everett … Peter Martin
Follies Girl … Lucy Anderson / Jessica Buckby / Cara Elston / Charlene Ford / Jo Goodwin / Amy Griffiths
Cowboy … Harry Morrison / James O'Connell / Carl Sanderson / Phil Snowden / Stephen Whitson
Ensemble … Richard Jones / Josh Lacey / Jo Morris
Commentaires :
This open-air theatre revival with a nine-piece orchestra, was unanimously praised for the staging, the central performances, and for the brilliant choreography by Stephen Mear. As a result it transferred to the Novello Theatre for a further six month run (though it was originally taking bookings for nine months - up to the end of July 2012.)
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Version 6

Crazy for you (2011-10-Novello Theatre-London) (Revival)
Durée : 5 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : samedi 08 octobre 2011
Première : samedi 08 octobre 2011
Dernière : samedi 17 mars 2012
Mise en scène : Timothy Sheader
Chorégraphie : Stephen Mear
Avec : Bela Zangler … David Burt
Bobby Child … Sean Palmer
Polly Baker … Clare Foster
Irene Roth … Kim Medcalf
Mother/Patricia … Harriet Thorpe
Lank … Michael McKell
Tess … Rachel Stanley
Patsy … Alexis Owen Hobbs
Eugene … Samuel Holmes
Everett … Peter Martin
Follies Girl … Lucy Anderson / Jessica Buckby / Cara Elston / Charlene Ford / Jo Goodwin / Amy Griffiths
Cowboy … Harry Morrison / James O'Connell / Carl Sanderson / Phil Snowden / Stephen Whitson
Ensemble … Richard Jones / Josh Lacey / Jo Morris
Commentaires :
This open-air theatre revival with a nine-piece orchestra, was unanimously praised for the staging, the central performances, and for the brilliant choreography by Stephen Mear. As a result it transferred to the Novello Theatre for a further six month run (though it was originally taking bookings for nine months - up to the end of July 2012.)
En savoir plus sur cette version

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