Gershwin’s “Crazy For You” at Lakeside Theater

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RANGELEY – The RFA production of “Crazy For You” will be held at the Lakeside Theater each evening July 4-7. The cast has been rehearsing for a few weeks and you will not want to miss this show. The show may not be familiar to many but the music will have everyone tapping their toes and singing along with very familiar tunes like: Shall We Dance, I’ve Got Rhythm, Bidin’ My Time, Embraceable You, Tonight’s The Night and many, many more great tunes. The Book was written by Ken Ludwig. It is based partly on the Gershwin musical, Girl Crazy and the music is by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin. The original Broadway production opened on February 19, 1992 and was directed by Mike Ockrent with choreography by Susan Stroman. The production closed on January 7, 1996, running for a total of 1,622 performances. The show is the 33rd longest-running Broadway musical in musical theatre history.

Van Weis, Hudson DeRaps, Devin Duschane and Connor Durgin in “Crazy For You.” Photo at top: Members of the cast for RFA Summer Musical, from left to right, front to back: Raina Eustic, Sue Downes-Borko, Ellie Brooks, Les Hoekstra, Tim Straub, Cyndy Egan, Erin Smith, Bill Carter Devin Duchesne, Van Weisz, Hudon DeRaps.

In Crazy For You a stage-struck New York playboy, Bobby Child, is sent to a small, poor town in Nevada to close down the local theater. When Bobby arrives in Deadrock, it is clear that the coal-mining town has seen better days. The men, who are cowboys, sing “Bidin’ My Time” in a long, slow drawl. Everett Baker receives a letter from New York warning of the bank foreclosing on the Gaiety Theater. The only woman left in this forlorn town is Everett’s daughter, the spunky Polly Baker, who vows to get even with Bobby Child if she ever meets him. Bobby enters the town, almost dying of thirst, and falls in love with Polly at first sight, not realizing who she is.

Bobby finds himself in quite a bind. If he forecloses on the theater he will lose the girl of his dreams. Inspired, he comes up with the idea of putting on a show to pay off the mortgage. Polly agrees to this plan until she finds out who he is– that banker from New York! Bobby is heartbroken, but he decides to put on the show anyway, disguised as Zangler. Polly, deeply hurt, expressed her loneliness in “Someone to Watch Over Me.”

A few days later, 10 Follies Girls on vacation from The Zangler Follies appear like a mirage in the desert. Bobby has asked them to help stage a spectacular show in Deadrock. When the men of Deadrock see the girls, the sleepy town becomes very lively. As the story unfolds, you will be thrilled by the energetic cast, a touch of outrageously funny humor, colorful costumes, and one of the best musical scores of the century – who could ask for anything more? Tickets are available at the Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce. 864-5364.

Bill Carter and Les Hoekstra in “Crazy For You.”

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