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Crazy For You to open at the Gillian Lynne Theatre 24 June 2023

Joey Parnes, Sally Horchow and Michael Harrison are thrilled to announce the transfer of the smash hit Chichester Festival Theatre Production of Crazy For You. Susan Stroman’s celebrated new production of the classic Gershwin musical, which played a sold-out season in Chichester this summer, will transfer to London West End.

Crazy For YouCrazy For You, which received critical acclaim across the board when it opened in Chichester, will play a strictly limited 6-month season at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in London, with performances beginning on Saturday 24 June 2023 (Press Night: Monday 3 July).

He’s a fish out of water and she’s a real catch.

Theatre-mad Bobby Child is torn between his show-business dreams and running the family bank. He reluctantly heads west to Deadrock, Nevada, to foreclose on a theatre’s mortgage, only to fall for the theatre owner’s daughter, Polly. Desperate to prove his good faith, Bobby decides to put on a show – complete with dancers from the glamorous Zangler Follies in New York City – to save the theatre, renew the town and hopefully win Polly’s love.

With a riotously entertaining book by Ken Ludwig and overflowing with glorious Gershwin melodies (including Someone to Watch Over Me, I Got Rhythm and They Can’t Take That Away from Me), this production is a joyful celebration ‘blessed with ingenious, sparkling choreography from Susan Stroman, which sends you out on a high from the joy of music and dance’ Financial Times. The original production of Crazy For You won several Tony and Olivier Awards, including Best Musical.

Directed and choreographed by multi-Tony and Olivier award winner Susan Stroman, with book by Olivier Award-winning Ken Ludwig, this spectacular production transfers from a sell-out season at the Chichester Festival Theatre. Starring Charlie Stemp, the Olivier-nominated star of Half a Sixpence and Mary Poppins as Bobby, Carly Anderson, star of Wicked as Polly, and Drama Desk Award winner Tom Edden as Bela Zangler.

Producers Joey Parnes, Sally Horchow and Michael Harrison said: “Susan Stroman’s exuberant production of Crazy For You was the most infectiously joyful show of the year. Charlie and Carly’s performances brought both great romance and spectacle to its heart, and Tom Edden was absolutely hilarious! We are so thrilled that London audiences will now be able to experience this dazzling musical in the superb setting of the Gillian Lynne Theatre.

Gillian Lynne Theatre
166 Drury Lane

Creative Team
Music and Lyrics: George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Book: Ken Ludwig
Co-conception: Ken Ludwig and Mike Ockrent
Inspired by material by: Guy Bolton and John McGowan
Susan Stroman: Direction and Choreography
Beowulf Boritt: Set Designer
William Ivey Long: Costume Designer
Ken Billington: Lighting Designer
Alan Williams: Musical Supervisor & Musical Director
Kai Harada: Sound Designer
Doug Besterman & Mark Cumberland: New Orchestrations
David Krane: New Dance Arrangements
Campbell Young Associates: Wigs, Hair & Make-Up Designer
Jill Green CDG: Casting Director
Richard Pitt: UK Associate Director &Choreographer
Angelique Llo: Associate Director & Choreographer

Charlie Stemp: Bobby
Carly Anderson: Polly
Tom Edden: Bela Zangler

Further casting to be announced.

Saturday 24 June 2023 – Saturday 20 January 2024
Monday-Saturday 7.30pm
Wednesday & Saturday matinees 2.30pm
Press Night: Monday 3 July at 7:00pm

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