Saturday, June 9, 2012

Crazy for You to open June 30 at Morgan-Wixson Theatre

It’s summertime, and that means there’s a musical in the offing at Santa Monica’s Morgan-Wixson Theatre. This summer, it’s Crazy for You, filled with the glorious songs of George and Ira Gershwin. Crazy for You runs June 30 – August 4.

Bobby’s a New Yorker who wants to be a musical star, but instead is a banker. His domineering mother sends him out to Deadrock, Nevada (a dusty cowboy town that’s seen better days) to foreclose on the mortgaged Gaiety Theatre. Once he arrives, he promptly falls head over heels for the theatre owner’s lovely daughter, who despises him because he’s the banker. Devising a plan to win her heart, he disguises himself as Zangler, the famous Broadway producer, come to Deadrock to put on a big musical to revive and save the endangered theatre, returning gaiety to The Gaiety.

This musical’s got it all: Leggy showgirls, singing cowboys, dancing, romance, and the great songs of the Gershwins, including “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” “Embraceable You,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” “I Got Rhythm,” “Shall We Dance?” and many, many more.

Director/musical director is Anne Gesling. She has previously served as director or musical director on over 70 productions for the Morgan-Wixson over a period of 26 years, most recently serving as musical director on its acclaimed production of Sweeney Todd. She served on the theatre’s board of directors for 20 years. Choreography is by Krystal Combs and the show is produced by Meredith Wright. Technical director/set design is by Tom Brown. Lighting design is by William Wilday.

The cast includes Peter Schueller as Bobby and Krystal Combs as Polly, along with Michelle Akeley, Lauren Blair, Alan Charof, Holly Childers,  Steve Hall, Sheldon Morley, Danielle Morris Weber,  Eileen O’Donnell, Roy Okida, Marc Ostroff, Shaina Zalma Ostroff, Alex Pierdant,  Laura Sheehan, Chris Siciliano, Susan Stangl and Steve Weber.

Morgan-Wixson Theatre is located at 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405. For tickets and information call (310) 828-7519 or visit www.morgan-wixson.org.

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