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Charlie Stemp   Carly Anderson

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

Magnificent. Charlie Stemp affirms his status as a 24-carat stage star, matched for poise and sparkle by Carly Anderson

Telegraph

Superb choreography, irresistible comedy, astonishing performances

Guardian

Miraculous. It doesn't get any better than this

Daily Mail

The hottest show you’ll see this summer. If you haven’t got your tickets, you’d probably better get your skates on…

Chichester Observer

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 YouI 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.

Carly Anderson makes her Chichester debut as Polly. Her many musical theatre credits include Glinda in Wicked (international tour), Gwen in Sunny Afternoon (West End & Hampstead), Sunset Boulevard (ENO), Candide (Menier Chocolate Factory), My Fair Lady (Sheffield Crucible) and Xanadu (Southwark Playhouse).


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

GERSHWIN is a registered trademark of Gershwin Enterprises. CRAZY FOR YOU is a registered trademark of Crazy For You Enterprises.


Crazy for You™ Pre-Show Talk

Director and Choreographer Susan Stroman talks to Kate Mosse about bringing Broadway to Chichester for the 30th anniversary of Crazy for You.


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Our programmes are designed to be the perfect insightful companion to the production. This programme celebrates both the 30th anniversary of this joyous musical (with an article charting the Gershwins’ place in musical history and the remarkable birth of Crazy for You), and CFT’s 60th anniversary, including a look back at some of the many musicals seen there over the decades addition to rehearsal photography, biographies, events and news from the Theatre.

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Prologue.

Reviews

A magnificent revival with songs that knock you for six.
Charlie Stemp affirms his status as a 24-carat stage star in this classic Gershwin musical. He’s matched for poise and sparkle by Carly Anderson as Polly. And everyone’s on song; the ensemble transformed the Act I finale I Got Rhythm into such a collective headrush of coordinated dance moves and improvised percussion it elicited a standing ovation on opening night.
They’d be crazy not to transfer it

Telegraph

A spine-tingling production. Infectious melodies, superb choreography, irresistible comedy, astonishing performances

Guardian

Miraculous. Stroman's choreography blows the roof off and wins standing ovations. It doesn't get any better than this

Daily Mail

Ingenious, sparkling choreography from Susan Stroman, and a dazzling central performance from Charlie Stemp, it’s a show that sends you out on a high from the joy of music and dance. An irrepressible and irresistible show

Financial Times
 

Exuberant. The music, punchily delivered by a band led by the musical director Alan Williams, is intoxicating. Go along and be dazzled

Times
 

Susan Stroman's production is a riot of syncopation and fun

Sunday Times
 

A heart-warming, soul-lifting joy of a show

WhatsOnStage

The hottest show you’ll see this summer. Directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman who whips it all up again in dazzling fashion, aided and abetted by a supremely talented cast. Amazing choreography, the terrific spirit of its leads, the sheer quality of the music and such boundless energy… well, “they can't take that away” from Chichester Festival Theatre. It deserves to be a sell-out. If you haven’t got your tickets, you’d probably better get your skates on…

Chichester Observer

A foot tapping spectacular. This is a great cast, they sweep us along with a boundless energy and meticulous professional perfection. If Charlie Stemp is the ideal male lead – wow, Carly Anderson as Polly Baker, the girl who steals his heart is every bit his equal. This is fabulous summer fun. You’d be crazy to miss it

Sussex World

Astronomical. If you're in need of a lift, this Gershwin magic will do the job

The News

One of the finest stagings of a musical you could ever hope to see. Everybody in it has got rhythm to spare, every joke lands exactly as it should, every big number is a wower, every ballad a belter, and every costume a dazzler

Attitude

Nothing short of spectacular! With some cracking show-stopping musical numbers and incredibly imaginative high octane dance routines. An exemplary company dance and sing throughout bringing this fantastic and visually stunning show to a foot stomping climax that brought the whole theatre to it’s feet in raucous appreciation

Theatre South East
 

Superb - the sheer joy of Gershwin’s timeless tunes! Bright, bold and bouncy

In the Cheap Seats

The entire company of this CRAZY FOR YOU is an exhilarating delight and hearing this gorgeous, hit-packed Gershwin score is sheer enchantment. Another smash hit for Chichester

Shenton Stage Daily

Charlie Stemp makes a triumphant return to Chichester. It’s a feast for the eyes — not least Stroman’s exhilarating choreography. A rollickingly fun time and a burst of colour

The Stage

Cast & Creatives

Cast includes

  • Charlie Stemp

    Bobby Child
  • Carly Anderson

    Polly Baker
  • Marc Akinfolarin

    Moose
  • Lila Anderson

    Vera
  • Merryl Ansah

    Irene Roth
  • Simon Anthony

    Sam
  • Craig Bartley

    Mingo
  • Jason Battersby

    Junior
  • Evonnee Bentley-Holder

    Sheila
  • Imogen Bowtell

    Elaine
  • Kyle Cox

    Wyatt
  • Mathew Craig

    Lank Hawkins
  • Bethan Downing

    Swing
  • Jacqui Dubois

    Patricia Fodor
  • Nicholas Duncan

    Jimmy
  • Tom Edden

    Bela Zangler
  • Nathan Elwick

    Custus
  • Don Gallagher

    Everett Baker
  • Adrian Grove

    Eugene Fodor
  • Laura Hills

    Mitzi
  • Ryan Jupp

    Swing
  • Matthew Malthouse

    Pete
  • Nell Martin

    Swing/Dance Captain
  • Joshua Nkemdilim

    Billy
  • Kate Parr

    Patsy
  • Sadie-Jean Shirley

    Tess
  • Gay Soper

    Lottie Child
  • Bradley Trevethan

    Swing
  • Ella Valentine

    Margie
  • Tara Yasmin

    Louise

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

Kai Harada

Sound Designer

Doug Besterman and Mark Cumberland

New Orchestrations

William David Brohn

Original Orchestrations

David Krane

New Arrangements

Peter Howard

Original Arrangements

Campbell Young Associates

Wigs, Hair & Make-Up Designer

Rc-Annie

Fight Directors

Jill Green CDG

Casting Director

Michaela Kennen

Voice & Dialect Coach

Angelique Ilo

Associate Director/Choreographer

Stacey Todd Holt

Associate Choreographer

Ben Davies

Associate Set Designer

Dale Driscoll

Associate Lighting Designer

Jay Jones

Associate Sound Designer

Richard Pitt

Assistant Director/Choreographer

Luke Holman

Assistant Musical Director

Patrick Molony

Production Manager

Sabrina Cuniberto

Associate Costume Designer & Supervisor

Marcus Hall Props

Props Supervisor

Graham Michael

Company Manager

Sally Hughes

Stage Manager

Lou Bann

Deputy Stage Manager

Georgina Pead

Assistant Stage Manager

Kornelia Zielniewska

Assistant Stage Manager

Gallery

Gallery

Access performances

Access performances

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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
Mondays and midweek matinees£10£19£32£45£55
All other performances£10£19£35£49£60
  • 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
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  • £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 at marketing@cft.org.uk

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

Details.

Tickets
Running Time
Approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes, including an interval
Notes
This production contains smoke and haze effects