Crazy For You in the West End – first look

The Gershwins classic is now in previews at the Gillian Lynne Theatre

A young man in a dinner suit dances with showgirls in the background
Charlie Stemp and the company of Crazy For You, © Johan Persson

Production shots have been released for the West End transfer of Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of Crazy For You, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman.

The show, which features music by George and Ira Gershwin and a book by Ken Ludwig, is currently in previews at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in London and set for press night next Monday, 3 July.

The musical follows the story of Bobby Child, a theatre enthusiast who is torn between his love for showbusiness and his responsibilities in running his family’s bank. He travels to Deadrock, Nevada to foreclose on a theatre’s mortgage but falls for the owner’s daughter, Polly. Bobby decides to put on a show to save the theatre, renew the town, and win Polly’s love. The production features songs such as “Someone to Watch Over Me”, “I Got Rhythm”, and “They Can’t Take That Away from Me”.

Starring in the production are Charlie Stemp, Carly Anderson, and Tom Edden. Stemp, an award-nominated actor known for his roles in Half a Sixpence and Mary Poppins, plays Bobby Child, while Anderson, who has starred in Wicked, plays Polly Baker. Edden, a Drama Desk Award winner, plays Bela Zangler

Joining them in the West End are Natalie Kassanga (Dreamgirls) as Irene Roth, Mathew Craig (We Will Rock You) as Lank Hawkins, Duncan Smith (White Christmas) as Everett Baker, Marilyn Cutts (Funny Girl) as Lottie Child, Sam Harrison (Les Misérables) as Eugene Fodor, Rina Fatania (The Killing of Sister George) as Patricia Fodor and Jack Wilcox (Anything Goes) as Standby Bobby Child.

Completing the company are Kayleigh Thadani, Kate Parr, Lila Anderson, Harriet Samuel-Gray, Imogen Bowtell, Laura Hills, Ella Valentine, Tara Yasmin, Marc Akinfolarin, Lucas Koch, Philip Bertioli, Jason Battersby, Ashley-Jordon Packer, Nicholas Duncan, Nathan Elwick, Liam Wrate, Joshua Nkemdilim, Nell Martin, Bradley Trevethan, Bethan Downing, Ryan Jupp, Jinny Gould, George Bray.

The production’s creative team includes Beowulf Boritt as set designer, William Ivey Long as costume designer, Ken Billington as lighting designer, and Kai Harada as sound designer.

Alan Williams serves as musical supervisor and musical director, while Doug Besterman and Mark Cumberland have provided new orchestrations. David Krane handles new arrangements, and Campbell Young Associates are responsible for wigs, hair, and make-up. Jill Green CDG serves as the casting director, with Richard Pitt as the UK associate director and choreographer. Angelique Ilo also serves as an associate director and choreographer.

Tickets for the production are on sale below.

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Crazy for You

Final performance: 20 January 2024