Crazy For You® — Young Performers’ Edition


This Young Performers’ Edition is a one-hour adaptation of CRAZY FOR YOU®, specially tailored for elementary and middle school-aged actors. The materials have been prepared to help your school or organization mount the best possible production and to give your young cast and crew an exciting and rewarding experience.

A zany rich-boy-meets-hometown-girl romantic comedy, CRAZY FOR YOU® tells the story of young New York banker Bobby Child, who is sent to Deadrock, Nevada, to foreclose on a rundown theatre. In Deadrock, Bobby falls for spunky Polly Baker, the theater owner’s daughter. But Polly takes an instant dislike to the city slicker, so Bobby vows – through cunning, razzmatazz, and a hilarious case of mistaken identity – to win Polly’s heart and save the theatre. Memorable Gershwin tunes from the score include “I Got Rhythm,” “They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” “Embraceable You,” “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.”

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  • Backstage at the Zangler Theatre in New York in the 1930s, the Zangler Follies wraps its final performance for the season. Tess, the dance director, guides the dancers through their chorus call. Bobby Child, the rich son of a banking family, auditions for Mr. Zangler (“K-ra-zy for You”) but ruins his chances by stepping on Zangler’s foot. Dejected, Bobby runs into his disapproving mother and his wealthy long-time fiancée, Irene. Bobby’s mother demands that he travel to Deadrock, Nevada, to foreclose on a rundown theatre. As the women argue over him, Bobby imagines himself dancing with the Follies Girls (“I Can’t Be Bothered Now”). Brought back to reality, he decides to escape to Nevada.

    Meanwhile, life is slow in Deadrock, a sleepy gold-mining town full of dawdling cowboys (“Bidin’ My Time”). Polly Baker, owner of Deadrock’s Gaiety Theatre, receives a notice of foreclosure from New York, signed by “Bobby Child.” She vows to get even with this Bobby Child, if she ever meets him. Lank Hawkins, proprietor of the town’s saloon, urges Polly to marry him and let him buy the theater before the bank takes it. But Polly refuses on both counts.

    Bobby enters Deadrock, exhausted and nearly dying of thirst, but he takes one look at Polly and suddenly “Things Are Looking Up.” Bobby finds himself in quite a bind: if he forecloses on the theater, he’ll lose the girl of his dreams. He suggests they put on a show to pay off the mortgage. Polly agrees to this plan, until she finds out who he is and suspects a trick. Bobby and Polly are both heartbroken, but Bobby decides to put on the show anyway… disguised as Mr. Zangler.

    A few days later, several Zangler Follies girls arrive in Deadrock (“Girls Enter Nevada”). Bobby, disguised as Zangler, plans to lead them in a spectacular show at the Gaiety. Polly is quickly smitten by this new “Mr. Zangler” (“Someone To Watch Over Me”).

    Rehearsal for the show is disastrous; the cowboys are terrible dancers.”Zangler” and the girls masterfully inspire them (“Slap That Bass”), and the show is soon back on track. Irene arrives unexpectedly, however, and threatens to expose Bobby’s charade. Meanwhile, Polly has fallen desperately in love with the man she believes is Bela Zangler (“Embraceable You”).

    On opening night, everyone is in high hopes (“Tonight’s the Night!”). But the only people to attend are Eugene and Patricia Fodor, British tourists writing a guidebook on the American West. Despite the disappointment, everyone realizes that the show has revitalized their once-sleepy town, and they celebrate with a spirited rendition of “I Got Rhythm.”

    Bobby tries to confess his deception to Polly, but the real Bela Zangler enters, exhausted and parched. Polly sees the two Zanglers and realizes what has happened. She slaps Bobby and leaves in a huff. Irene insists that Bobby return to New York with her, but Bobby rejects her, affirms his love for Polly, and exits. Shocked and hurt, Irene turns to Lank and says, “You are, without a doubt, the rudest, most uncouth, roughest man I have ever met. Marry me!”

    The townsfolk all gather at the theatre. Bobby wants to try the show again, but Polly thinks they should give up. The Fodors encourage everyone (“Stiff Upper Lip”) but in the end only Polly, Bobby, and Tess vote to continue the show. Everyone exits, leaving Bobby and Polly alone. Bobby tells Polly he’s returning to New York (“They Can’t Take That Away from Me”).

    Six weeks later, at his mother’s bank in New York, Bobby still dreams of Deadrock and Polly. Mrs. Child gives Bobby the deed to the Zangler Theatre, which she has acquired because Zangler invested all his money in Deadrock. Bobby realizes that Zangler did that for the love of Tess, and love is more valuable than money (“Nice Work If You Can Get It”). Bobby and his mother return to Deadrock to pursue Bobby’s great love, Polly.

    In Deadrock, which has been transformed into a jewel of a city, Polly walks out of the hugely successful Zangler Follies to go find Bobby. She just misses Bobby and his mother as they enter. As Bobby goes off to find Polly, Irene tells Bobby’s mother that she and Lank are now married. Polly returns (her ride ran out of gas) and Tess has an idea: Tess and the gang sing a huge number, bringing Polly and Bobby together at last, and the entire company celebrates (“Finale: I Got Rhythm”).

  • CRAZY FOR YOU®(100%)
    Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin (50%)
    Book by Ken Ludwig (50%)
    Co Conception by Ken Ludwig and Mike Ockrent (25%)
    Inspired by Material by Guy Bolton and John McGowan (25%)
    Originally produced on Broadway by
    Roger Horchow and Elizabeth Williams (25%)
    Original Broadway Choreography by Susan Stroman (25%)
    Adaptation and support materials for the Young Performers’ Edition
    Developed by iTheatrics
    Under the supervision of Timothy Allen McDonald

    No name of any person or company except Licensee and/or the Star(s) of Licensee’s production shall appear above the title or above the foregoing credits to the authors. The names of the songwriters and bookwriter shall be equal in size, type, coloring, boldness and prominence. No billing shall appear in type larger or more prominent than the billing to the songwriters and bookwriter except for the title of the play. No person (including without limitation the producer of any presentation) shall be accorded possessory credit (i.e., “Director’s Production of” or “Producer’s production of”) with the title of the play. In the programs, the credits shall appear on the title page thereof.

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    George and Ira Gershwin® for this presentation are licensed by
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    of Gershwin Enterprises.
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    CRAZY FOR YOU Enterprises.”

    is presented by arrangement with
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  • CRAZY FOR YOU Young Performers’ Edition is presented with the fully orchestrated Performance Tracks provided with your rehearsal materials.

  • 1 Director’s Production Guide
    1 Piano/Vocal Score
    30 Young Performers’ Books
    1 Digital resource download, consisting of:
      · Sing-Along Tracks
      · Performance Tracks
      · Choreography Videos

    Production Kit Description

    Young Performers’ Books containing the complete script and all vocal material.
    Piano/Vocal Score as an additional rehearsal tool.
    Production Guide containing a wealth of background material, directorial pointers, details on incorporating the show’s production into the school curriculum and suggestions for involving your community at large.

    Digital Download:

    • Sing-Along Tracks to help your cast learn the songs.
    • Performance Tracks with orchestral accompaniment for your production.
    • Choreography Videos containing simple, effective dance steps and staging ideas for selected songs.
  • Bobby Child — an aspiring performer and son of a wealthy banking family
    Tess — dance director of the Zangler Follies
    Bela Zangler — producer of the Zangler Follies
    Irene Roth — Bobby’s fiancée
    Lottie Child — Bobby’s mother
    Polly Baker — the postmistress in Deadrock, Nevada
    Lank Hawkins — owner of the hotel in Deadrock
    Eugene Fodor — English travel writer
    Patricia Fodor — Eugene’s wife
    Three Deadrock cowboys:
    Named Deadrock citizens:
    Follies Girls:

    People of Deadrock & additional Follies Girls

  • Adapted from the Gershwins’ 1930 musical GIRL CRAZY, CRAZY FOR YOU™ opened on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre on February 19, 1992, starring Harry Groener and Jodi Benson. The show ran for four years, playing for 1,622 performances.

    Awards (1992)

    3 Tony Awards for Musical, Choreographer and Costume Designer
    3 Outer Critics Circle Awards for Broadway Musical, Choreography and Set, Costume and Lighting Design
    2 Drama Desk Awards for Musical and Choreography

  • 1. Opening – Orchestra
    2. Fanfare – Orchestra
    3. Playoff: Fanfare – Orchestra
    4. “K-ra-zy For You” – Bobby
    5. “I Can’t Be Bothered Now” – Bobby, Tess, Patsy, Mitzi, Margie
    6. Scene Change: After Bothered – Orchestra
    7. “Bidin’ My Time” – People of Deadrock
    8. Bobby Staggers In – Orchestra
    9. Underscore: Things Are Looking Up – Orchestra
    10. “Girls Enter Nevada” (Part 1) – Follies Girls
    11. “Girls Enter Nevada” (Part 2) – Follies Girls
    12. “Someone To Watch Over Me” – Polly
    13. Rehearsal – Slap That Bass – Orchestra
    14. “Slap That Bass” – Bobby, Moose, Tess, Wyatt, Patsy, Mitzi, Margie
    15. “Embraceable You” – Polly, Bobby
    16. Tonight’s The Night (Part 1) – Orchestra
    17. “Tonight’s The Night” (Part 2) – Ensemble
    18. “I Got Rhythm” – Polly, Tess, Patsy, Susie, Betsy, Vera, Billy, Wyatt, Pete, Bobby
    19. Zangler Stagger In – Orchestra
    20. Playoff: Rhythm – Orchestra
    21. “Stiff Upper Lip” – Patricia, Eugene, & Bobby
    22. “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” – Polly, Bobby
    23. Scene Change: New Promenade – Orchestra
    24. “Nice Work If You Can Get It” – Follies Girls, Bobby, Mitzi, Margie, Vera, Betsy, Susie
    25. Scene Change: After Work – Orchestra
    26. Finale – Tess, Sam, Pete, Patsy, Zangler, Susie, Betsy, Vera, Polly, Bobby
    27. Bows/”I Got Rhythm” – Polly, Tess, Bobby, & Ensemble
    28. Exit Music – Orchestra

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