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CRAZY FOR YOU

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

Crazy for You is performed with special permission from Concord Theatricals.
Digital Grand in Partial Sponsorship by The Steinway Gallery of Nashville.

DIRECTOR'S NOTE & BIO

Welcome to Crazy For You, the Tony Award winning musical that opened on Broadway in 1992. It’s an anniversary year for a show whose eclectic source material goes back even further because Crazy For Youis based on George and Ira Gershwin’s 1930 hit, Girl Crazy. It was the Gershwin brothers eighth Broadway show together and one that made stars of Ethel Merman and Ginger Rogers. Beginning with Lady Be Good in 1924, it is staggering to think that in just six years, the Gershwin’s had written music for eight Broadway shows. It was a productive start for a team that would soon help redefine the American musical theatre.

Essentially a “jukebox musical”, it is from these early Gershwin shows and subsequent movies that the creators of Crazy For You mined songs to help tell their distinctive adaptation of the simple “city slicker meets the old west” storyline. Playwright, Ken Ludwig, devised a new farcical plot with nods to his international hit, Lend Me A Tenor, and an inventive choreographer named Susan Stroman took New York by storm, beginning a prolific Broadway career that continues today. In 1992, Broadway was dominated by British mega-musicals like Phantom, Les Misérables, and Miss Saigon. As influential critic Frank Rich wrote at the time, Crazy For You “...uncorked the American musical’s classic blend of music, laughter, dancing, sentiment and showmanship with a freshness and confidence rarely seen during the Cats decade”. Now, 30 years later, the show continues to be produced around the world allowing new interpretations and new generations to experience the Gershwin’s musical legacy. Not bad for the songs George and Ira thought would only be enjoyed for a season or two.

To give some context, in 1930, the Great Depression had the world in its grip. For many Americans, live theatre and movies offered hope and a temporary escape from hardship and the bleak realities of the time. And no one was better at providing sophisticated and glamorous alternate realities than the legendary showman, Florence Ziegfeld. Between 1907 and 1931, the powerful empresario produced 21 “Follies”, featuring the biggest stars of the time, many of whom he made famous. He also raised his iconic Erte’ clad “Showgirls” to historic fame. It is Ziegfeld who is the character inspiration for Crazy For You’ s “Bela Zangler” and it is Ziegfeld’s world of musical theatre escapism we aimed to create.

I am thrilled that these talented young artists at Lipscomb University are part of this great tradition. Like jazz, musical theatre is one of our Country’s only indigenous artforms. And like many great things about America, it is an amalgamation of ideas and cultures combined to create something unique. Life imitated art as these students worked tirelessly together to create something unique as well. Knowing they will carry this experience, these classic songs, dance steps and history into their futures is reassuring. And like the artform itself, it is something to be celebrated... “Who could ask for anything more?”

-Abe Reybold, October 2022

Abe Reybold (Direction and Additional Choreography) Nashville credits include directing and choreographing Pete the Cat, The Elves and the Shoemaker and the upcoming Llama, Llama Red Pajama for Nashville Children’s Theatre. Abe spent six years as the Associate Artistic Director of ZACH Theatre in Austin, TX where he directed many shows including Matilda the musical, Sophisticated Ladies, The King & I, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, One Man Two Guvnor’s, The Santaland Diaries and Singin’ in the Rain. Other director/choreographer credits include Blood Brothers, Camelot (The Texas Shakespeare Festival) and Evita, Jekyll & Hyde, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Little Shop of Horrors, No Way to Treat a Lady, The Melody Lingers On (Portland, OR’s Broadway Rose Theatre Company). Abe, a proud graduate of The Baltimore School for the Arts, spent many years acting on Broadway, National Tours, and in Regional and Stock productions across the country.


CAST LIST

Bobby Child- ALEX DEE
Polly Baker- MICHAELA McGAREL 
Bela Zangler- AUSTIN JEFFREY SMITH
Irene Roth- AUDREY VENABLE
Lank Hawkins- BRYCE DUNN
Everett Baker- BROCK LOYD
Mother Child- MAKINLEY GRACE SMITH
Eugenia Fodor- VICTORIA GRIFFIN
Patricia Fodor & Vocal CAP- MARIAN BARBER
Perkins- OTHA ABRAHAM GIBSON IV
 
Zangler Showgirls
1.     Tess- ABI WILLIAMS 
2.     Patsy & Dance CAP (Women)- MARY ESTELLE HUMPHREY
3.     Mitzi & U/S Polly- OLIVIA CLAIRE ELEY
4.     Elaine- ALEIA EAGLETON
5.     Louise- ANNIE McMURRIAN
6.     Betsy- EMMA ROSE WILLIAMSON
7.     Margie- MACKENZIE GREGORY
8.     Vera & U/S Tess- JILLIAN RICE
 
Cowboys
1.     Moose (Cowboy trio) & U/S Zangler- NATHAN PRICE MANN
2.     Mingo (Cowboy trio) & Fight Co-Captain- JONATHAN THOMPSON
3.     Sam (Cowboy trio)- DAVID LONG III
4.     Harry & Stagehand- CONNOR MATTHEW ADAIR
5.     Pete, Stagehand & Banker- ADAM MACLEOD
6.     Custus, Stagehand, Banker- MAX HUNKLER 
7.     Junior, Stagehand & Dance Captain (Men)- C. HADEN LINDSEY
8.     Wyatt & Chauffeur- J. WILL DEFFENDALL
 
Zangler Crew
1.     Miss Gilbert the Wardrobe Supervisor & U/S Mother- ANDREA PEREZ- HERNANDEZ          
2.     Angie, a Dresser & U/S Patsy, Tess, Louise & Margie- LILLIAN BROWN
3.     Paula, a Dresser, U/S Irene, & Fight Co-Captain- CAYLIN MAGUIRE
4.     Stevie, a Props Artisan & U/S Eugenia, Patricia- MEGHAN WOMBLES
 
Understudies/Offstage Swings
1.     JACKSON MARTIN (U/S Perkins & “Boz”, Cover- Will, Haden, Adam, Connor) 
2.     JAMES WEIR (U/S Lank, Cover- Nate, Jonathan, David & Max) 
3.     JAIDYN SMART (Cover Emma Rose, Olivia, Jaidyn & Jillian) 
4.     REGAN MILLS (U/S Miss Gilbert, Angie, Paula, Stevie)

 

PRODUCTION TEAM


Producer: Beki Baker
Direction and Additional Choreography: Abe Reybold
Music Director: Christopher Bailey
Choreographer: Kari Smith
Production Manager: Andy Bleiler
Scenic Designer: Andy Bleiler
Costume Designer: June Kingsbury
Lighting Designer: Stephen Moss
Sound Designer: Jacob Allen
Technical Director: Chelsea Flowers
Dialect Coach: Sarah Bailey
Master Electricians: Rylee Hickey, Kelly Scheuman
Stage Manager/Props Assistant: Marlee Shelton*
Assistant Stage Managers: Kaylie Herpolsheimer*, Garner Harsh*, Sofia Hernandez Morales*
Assistant Director: Justice Orrand*

*Signifies student

 

ORCHESTRA


Conductor: David Weinstein
Keyboard: Trevor Willoughby
Reeds: Jack Warren
Reeds: Amanda Rebstock
French Horn: Michelle McClary*
Trumpet: Mike Casteel
Trombone: Matt Jefferson**
Violin 1: Anna Touchstone*
Violin 2: Sophia Winter*
Cello: Tyler Lewis*
Bass: Luke Easterling
Drums: Scot Corey 
Rehearsal Pianists: Duncan Bohannon, Steve Kummer, Trevor Willoughby  
*Lipscomb Student
**Lipscomb Faculty 

 

STUDENT RUN CREW


Stage Crew: Peyton Lewis (Weapons Wrangler), Grace Mullins, Claire Pals, Maegan Kirkland, Isabella Wickham (Fly Rail), Abi Nicholson 
Wardrobe: Emma Stanard (Head) Tiger Dulaney, Emily Stephens, Emma Ramsey, Kayla Beene, Aleia Klamm
Light Board Operator: Ash Barrett
Spot Light Operators: Charles Webb, Mary Riegg
A3/Mic Dresser: Kellin Ferrell, Saidee Hannel, Nylah Watts 
Makeup/Hair: Cleo Graham, Ava Sin, Victoria Griffin

 

STUDENT PRODUCTION CREW


Scene Shop Foremen: Marlee Shelton (Props), Makinley Smith (Props), Ash Barrett, Marian Barber, Austin Jeffrey Smith, Annie McMurrian 
Scene Shop: Grace Mullins, Jackson Martin, Erynn Barrett, Olivia Eley, Otha Abraham Gibson
IV, Peyton Lewis, Haden Lindsey, Justin Littrell, Claire Pals, Emma Ramsey, Ava Sin, Emily Stephens, Damarques Johns, Maegan Kirkland, Isabella Paulina Wickham, Abi Williams, Meghan Wombles, Jonathan Thompson, Preslie Cagle, Mackenzie Gregory, Aleia Klamm, Justice Orrand
Costume Shop Staff: Emma Stanard, Ava Sin, Victoria Griffin, Regan Mills,  Kaylie Herpolsheimer, Cleo Graham
Costume Shop: Elizabeth Johnson, Madelyn Jones, Brock Loyd, Caylin Maguire, Jakholbi Murry, Shelby Talbert, Tiger Dulaney, David Long, Michaela McGarel, Jillian Rice, Emma Rose Williamson, Marlee Claassen, Sam Dabbs, Anna Jones, Jaidyn Smart, Nylah Watts
Lighting Foreman: Justice Orrand
Lighting Shop: Ashlynn Barrett, Lillian Brown, Hannah Clark, Aleia Eagleton, Kellin Ferrell, Mary Humphrey, Andrea Perez-Hernandez, Mary Riegg, Lorenzo Rivera, Allie Andres, Makenzie Cogswell, Marley Crouch, Alex Dee, Will Deffendall, Te’a Doherty, Max Hunkler, Regan Mills, Rachel Penner, Samantha Scattini, Addy Sigmon, Makinley Smith, Charles Webb, Tyler Worden

 

SPECIAL COLLABORATION WITH DEPARTMENTS 


School of Music
School of Art and Design
Entertainment Technical Services
Events Management  
Facilities

SPECIAL THANKS

Solotech, Moss Lighting, Livelight Design, Nashville Repertory Theatre, The Steinway Gallery of Nashville, Angela Lee, Walker Lumber, Nashville Plywood, KGS Steel, Sherwin Williams of Green Hills

SUSTAINABILITY STATEMENT


Over 65% of the scenery and costuming used in this production of Crazy For You comes from recycled, repurposed, and sustainable sources.100% of the paint used on the scenery is water based, low/zero VOC. 

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT


Lipscomb Theatre would like to acknowledge the land we are on is the original homeland of the Cherokee, Yuchi, Shawnee, and Chickasaw tribal nations who are still here and whose descendants still live and thrive here despite the systems of harm levied against them.