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Charlie Stemp

Crazy for You

Music & Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Book by Ken Ludwig

Co-conception by Ken Ludwig and Mike Ockrent
Inspired by material by Guy Bolton and John McGowan

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Overview

Put on your dancing shoes – watch your spirits climb.

Theatre-mad Bobby Child is torn between his show-business dreams and his rich, demanding New York fiancée and rich, demanding New York mother who want him to run the family bank. On his mother’s insistence, he reluctantly heads west for the bygone mining town of Deadrock, Nevada, to foreclose on a mortgage.

There he finds the mortgage in question is on a dilapidated Victorian theatre and the owner’s daughter Polly is the girl of his dreams. Desperate to prove his good faith and win her love, Bobby lights on the idea of putting on a show – complete with glamorous dancers from New York’s Follies – to save the theatre and renew the town.

This hilarious, riotously entertaining musical is packed with glorious Gershwin melodies (including Someone to Watch Over Me, Embraceable You, I Got Rhythm and They Can’t Take That Away from Me), with stunning tap dance routines guaranteed to set the spirits soaring. The witty book and dialogue are written by Ken Ludwig, who also wrote this season’s Murder on the Orient Express and is the author of the Tony Award-winning Lend Me a Tenor.

This brand new production, which celebrates the work’s 30th anniversary, is directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman: true Broadway royalty and winner of five Tony and two Olivier Awards for productions including The Producers, Contact and The Scottsboro Boys.

Charlie Stemp plays Bobby, returning to Chichester where he played Arthur Kipps in Half A Sixpence in 2016, for which he won the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Actor in a Musical and received Olivier and UK Theatre Award nominations. The production transferred to the West End, and was recently broadcast on Sky Arts as Kipps – The New Half A Sixpence Musical. He has starred on Broadway in Hello, Dolly! opposite Bette Midler and Bernadette Peters, and at the London Palladium in Dick Whittington, Snow White and Pantoland at the Palladium. He is currently playing Bert in Mary Poppins in the West End, for which he received his second Olivier Award nomination.

Crazy for You™ is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd on behalf of Tams-Wittmark LLC. concordtheatricals.co.uk


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Prologue.

Cast & Creatives

Cast includes

  • Charlie Stemp

    Bobby Child
  • Tom Edden

    Bela Zangler

Creative team

Cast List
NameRole

Susan Stroman

Direction and Choreography

Beowulf Boritt

Set Designer

William Ivey Long

Costume Designer

Ken Billington

Lighting Designer

Alan Williams

Musical Director

Doug Besterman and Mark Cumberland

New Orchestrations

William David Brohn

Original Orchestrations

Kai Harada

Sound Designer

David Krane

New Arrangements

Peter Howard

Original Arrangements

Jill Green CDG

Casting Director

Angelique Ilo

Associate Director/Choreographer

Stacey Todd Holt

Associate Choreographer

Richard Pitt

Assistant Director/Choreographer

Patrick Molony

Production Manager

Sabrina Cuniberto

Costume Supervisor

Marcus Hall Props

Props Supervisor

Access performances

Access performances

Events grouped by day with booking links.
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August 2022
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September 2022
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Pricing

Pricing Information

Price bands for an event, organised by showing
Performance description Price Bands
Previews / Press Night£10£10£10£32£38
All other performances£10£19£32£45£55
  • Friends Priority Saver: Book the same number of tickets for four or more productions and save 20%. All Saver tickets must be booked and paid for in a single transaction. Only available during Friends Priority Booking period (12-18 March)
  • Friends Single Production Discount: £2 off non-saver tickets
  • Groups 8+ Monday and Tuesday: £30 per ticket
  • Groups 8+ Wednesday - Friday: £5 off each ticket
  • Groups 40+ Wednesday - Friday: £8 off each ticket, plus a £5 ticket for the Group Organiser
  • School and College Groups 10+ Monday - Friday: £8.50 per ticket; one free teacher ticket with every nine paid
  • Over 60s Monday - Thursday: £2 off
  • Full-time students in Higher Education, Jobseekers Allowance and Income Support claimants Monday - Thursday: Half Price
  • Full-time students in Higher Education, Jobseekers Allowance and Income Support claimants Monday - Thursday: Standby from one hour before the performance: £8.50
  • Family tickets (excludes Saturday evenings): Half Price for up to four U16s with every full price paying adult. Discounts applied at the checkout. All tickets must be booked and paid for in a single transaction.
  • Book early for the best prices Prices are guaranteed until Monday 4 April and are then subject to change
  • All venues: Only one reduction applies per ticket, and all discounts are subject to availability and at the discretion of the Box Office.
  • All venues: Discounts do not apply to Previews and Press Nights
  • Festival Theatre: Discounts apply to top three price bands only (apart from Schools and College Groups)
  • Friends: Up to four discounted tickets per production
  • Access tickets may be available for Access Members Log in to your account to see Access seats
  • £5 Prologue Tickets may be available for 16-30 year olds Log in to your account to see Prologue seats

Content & Themes

At CFT, we want everyone to feel truly welcome and comfortable. While we try not to give away plot twists and narrative surprises, we also recognise that some people may find certain themes distressing. You’ll find guidance on such content below; please be aware that by reading this, some elements of the plot may be revealed. Please note that this may be updated nearer the time of the production as staging details are confirmed.

If you have any questions or feedback, do email us atmarketing@cft.org.uk

Language: None
Nudity: None
Violence: Simulated brawl and gunfight
Themes:The joy and love of theatre, romance and regeneration

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