Jan. 29, 2014: The Bronxville High School Drama Department will present the musical Crazy for You on Thursday, February 6, at 5:00 pm, and Friday and Saturday, February 7 and 8, at 7:00 pm. There will be a free open dress rehearsal for senior citizens on Wednesday, February 5, at 5:00 pm.
The romantic comedy is the Tony Award–winning 1992 adaptation by Ken Ludwig of the 1930 musical comedy Girl Crazy, by George and Ira Gershwin. Set in sleepy Deadrock, Nevada, the show follows Polly Baker (Caroline Schetlick) as she attempts to save her father's Gaiety Theater from foreclosure (her father is Everett Baker, played by Thomas Neville).
When East Coast banker Bobby Child (Spencer Borwick) leaves New York and his mother, Mrs. Child (Katie Toal), and fiancée, Irene Roth (Becca Blanco), and sets out to foreclose on the small-town theater, he doesn't anticipate falling in love with Polly or becoming the theater's main champion. But he does both and stages a show with himself in the lead to try to save the theater, impersonating the famous theater director Bela Zangler (Jim Grant) of New York's Zangler Follies, who previously rejected Bobby's attempts to enter theater back East.
Bobby recruits the guys in the local saloon (Perkins, Frankie Gallo; Moose, Matthias Ribka; Mingo, Kenny Xue; and Sam, Alex Szor; plus saloon "guys" Harry, Christina Weiler; Wyatt, Chase Judkins; Billie, Caroline Dent; Junior, Maddie Coyne; Custus, Natalie Arenzon; Jimmy, Alexis Petnuch; and Pete, Nicolette Petnuch; and cowboys Emily Kowalski, Kylie Regan, and Emma Verscaj), and prepares a performance that the town will never forget.
Lank Hawkins (Will Tague), the owner of the saloon, wants to marry Polly and save the theater. While Bobby, disguised as Zangler, also falls in love with Polly, who detests him, Bobby's fiancée shows up in Deadrock and threatens to expose Bobby. Polly falls for Zangler as impersonated by Bobby, and the web tightens.
Chaos ensues when the real Zangler appears at the Gaiety Theater in pursuit of his dance director, Tess (Jamie Carroll), whom he is in love with and who has followed Child to Deadrock together with the Follies girls from the Zangler Theater (Rachel Bothwell, Grayson Elder, Yasmeen Fahr, Lauren Gray, Emma MacKinnon, Ally Minoli, Hiroko Mitsui, Michelle Moriarty, Natascha Puri, Dryden Quigley, Sonora Rivera-Heinz, Olivia Samios, Alexa Shephard, and Grace Winant).
Meanwhile, the town has pulled together, and opening night arrives with its promise of reviving the Gaity Theater, although when the train unloads its passengers, the only two who disembark are the British pair, the Fodors (Ariana Sher and Morgan Taylor), who, as their name suggests, are in town to write a guidebook about the West and Deadrock's saloon.
But the plot is secondary to the all-American foot-stompin', toe-tappin', hand-clappin', sing-along hoedown. With songs such as "Someone to Watch Over Me," "I Got Rhythm," "Embraceable You," and "Nice Work If You Can Get It" and several large-cast tap dance numbers, the show will have you laughing, singing, and tapping to the music long after you leave the performance.
Peter Royal is the director, with choreography by Helen Coope and musical direction by Pamela Simpson.
Bring the whole family to see Bronxville's finest performers in the final show in the school's auditorium before renovations commence!
Pictured here: Bronxville students rehearsing for Crazy for You.
Photo courtesy Nancy Adams-Taylor