Brussels Light Opera Company

Crazy for You

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Production Team
Stage Manager Rachael Bateman
Music Director Vivienne MacKay
Producers Lawrence Kelly & Dennis Elslander
Auditions

Auditions were held in June 2017

Characters

BOBBY CHILD – A New Yorker in love with musical theatre but is forced to work in a bank by his controlling mother. He has been (reluctantly) engaged to Irene Roth for 5 years, but falls instantly in love with Polly. Leading Man, baritone, age appropriate to Polly as a love interest, and “alike” enough to Bela Zangler for a “mistaken identity storyline. Involved in 12 songs (many solos) ‐ needs to be a strong singer, actor, dancer.

POLLY BAKER – Only SINGLE female in Deadrock where she is the postmistress and “all American girl”. The men adore her ‐ Lank Hawkins is always asking her to marry him but she has no interest ‐ then falls for Bobby disguised as Zangler. Leading Lady, mezzo, age appropriate to Bobby as a love interest and daughter to Everett. Involved in 9 musical numbers ‐ needs to be a good singer, actress, dancer (tap a bonus!)

BELA ZANGLER – Male supporting role, baritone, aged 35 – 65 but must be “alike” enough to Bobby Child for a “mistaken identity storyline. Usually played with a Hungarian accent. Zangler is an established New York musical producer and theatre owner / manager of the Zangler Follies. He follows Tess, his dance director, to Deadrock despite being already married. Zangler enjoys a very funny drunk scene and duet with Bobby so needs to be a good character actor.

IRENE ROTH – Supporting mezzo role, age appropriate to be Bobby’s fiance. Bobby’s domineering fiancée engaged to him for 5 years. Irene follows him to Deadrock and finally accepts the fact that Bobby won’t marry her because he loves Polly. Then Irene falls madly for Lank Hawkins whom she seduces with her only song “Naughty Baby.”

LANK HAWKINS – Supporting male role, aged 30 – 45, owner of the Deadrock Saloon. No solos but sings in many of the chorus numbers. Lusts after Polly ‐ wants to buy the Deadrock theatre from Polly’s father. Has some very funny lines of dialogue so must be strong character actor.

EVERETT BAKER – Male baritone, Polly’s father, age appropriate to be Pollys father. Everett is always reminiscing about how lovely Polly’s mother was when she performed in the Gaiety Theatre, Deadrock. Finally, he falls instantly in love with Lottie Child when she arrives in Deadrock.

LOTTIE CHILD – Non singing female role aged 45 – 60. Lottie is Bobby’s business orientated and controlling mother who gives him an allowance. She wants him to forego his ideas of being in musical theatre and make a career in the bank. She is a very bossy and overbearing woman.

THE ZANGLER FOLLIES: strong dancers-tap / singers ( all parts) – They are the house dancers for the Zangler Theater and collectively represent a dance “troupe” al la Busby Berekley days. While each has their own unique personality, the two featured Follies Girls are: TESS – Female follies dance director ‐ pursued by Zangler even though he is married. Tess sings and dances with the other follies girls so must be a good tapper.

PATSY – Female follies girl ‐ “dumb” blonde role. Patsy has a (high pitched ?!) speaking role and sings and dances with the other follies girls.

THE DEADROCK COWBOYS:

MOOSE, MINGO, SAM – All aged 18 – 55, all have small dialogue and form the Cowboy Trio who have solo pieces and sing with the male chorus. Must be able to carry harmony. Ideally need to be dancer/tappers to partner with the follies girls.

HARRY, PETE, CUSTUS, JIMMY,BILLY, WYATT, JUNIOR -all aged 18 – 55. Harry is the bartender, Billy, Wyatt and Junior are the card players. All these men have lines of dialogue and dance as partners to the follies girls. All these men involved in staged gun fights for the tourists.

EUGENE FODOR – Male baritone, cameo role, aged 30 – 60, an English tourist who with his sister is writing a guide book to the American West.

PATRICIA FODOR – Eugene’s English sister, cameo role soprano, aged 30 – 60 and fellow tourist. ENSEMBLE – all ages 16+ ;crowds in NY, additional Deadrock residents / guests for the new theatre, roadies for the Follies when they travel to Deadrock (Costumers, Crew etc.....)

Synopsis

Act 1

Backstage at the Zangler Theatre in New York in the 1930s, the last performance of the Zangler Follies is wrapping up for the season and Tess, the Dance Director, is dodging the advances of the married Bela Zangler. Bobby Child, the rich son of a banking family, is backstage hoping for an audition with Mr. Zangler. Bobby performs "K-ra-zy for You," but fails to impress Zangler after landing on Zangler's foot during the final flourish of his dance routine. Dejected, Bobby heads outside where he’s met by Irene, the wealthy woman to whom he has been engaged for five years, and then by his mother who demands that Bobby carry out a piece of banking business for her: to go to Deadrock, Nevada, to foreclose on a rundown theatre. As the women argue over him, Bobby imagines himself dancing with the Follies Girls and joins them in a rousing rendition of "I Can't Be Bothered Now." Brought back to reality, Bobby decides to escape to Nevada. When he arrives in Deadrock, it's clear that the gold-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 Theatre. 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. Lank Hawkins, proprietor of the town's Saloon, argues with Everett, trying to convince him to let him buy the theatre before the bank takes it but the stubborn old man refuses to give up the theatre on the memory of Polly's mother being the star of all the theatre's old shows. Bobby enters the town almost dying of thirst, and falls in love with Polly at first sight, not realizing who she is, and expresses his excitement in "Things Are Looking Up." Lank isn't pleased to see a rival for Polly's affections. Bobby finds himself in quite a bind: if he forecloses on the theatre 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 and suspects a trick. Bobby and Polly are both heartbroken, but Bobby decides to put on the show anyway... disguised as Mr. Zangler. Polly, deeply hurt, expressed her loneliness in "Someone to Watch Over Me." A few days later, ten 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. Lank Hawkins continues to express extreme dislike for the show, threatening to shoot Bobby. Rehearsals for the show aren't going well and the Cowboys in particular are terrible dancers (!!). Bobby changes all that in the course of one rehearsal with the song "Slap That Bass". Meanwhile, to Bobby's dismay, Irene arrives, threatening to expose Bobby's charade. Polly has fallen in love with Bobby's impersonation of Zangler and expresses her love for him with the song "Embraceable You." Opening night arrives, with everyone in high hopes ("Tonight's the Night!"). Sadly, everyone is disappointed to find that the only people to arrive are Eugene and Patricia Fodor, British tourists writing a guidebook on the American West. What starts out as a disappointment changes into the realization that the show has galvanized the once-sleepy town, making it lively and spirited. They celebrate with a spirited rendition of "I Got Rhythm" while the real Zangler stumbles unnoticed into the town, almost dehydrated and collapses, just as the scene ends.

Act 2

In Lank's saloon Bobby is professing his love to Polly. Unfortunately, she is still in love with the man who she thinks is Zangler. Bobby is about to convince Polly that he has been impersonating "Zangler" when the real Zangler stumbles into the saloon looking for Tess. Zangler finds Tess, but refuses her request to produce the show. Tess storms off, Zangler, now drunk after being disgusted by the town, bemoans his fate. Bobby, dressed like Zangler, reels in to drown his sorrow over losing Polly. Drunk and depressed, the two men act as mirror images of each other, and lament their lost loves in "What Causes That." The next morning, Polly sees the two Zanglers and realizes what has happened. She slaps Bobby and leaves in a huff, while the townsfolk prepare for a meeting at the theatre to discuss what to do with the show. Irene comes to Bobby in one final attempt to make him go back to New York with her, but Bobby rejects her, and states his love for Polly. Immensely frustrated with Bobby, Irene seduces Lank in "Naughty Baby". The townsfolk are all now gathered at the theatre. Bobby is all for trying the show again, while Polly disagrees. The Fodors counsel the dejected townspeople to keep a "Stiff Upper Lip," which includes a parody of the barricade scene from Les Misérables but by the end of the song, only Polly, Everett, Bobby, and Tess still think the show should continue. Everyone but Bobby and Polly leave the theatre; Bobby prepares to leave for New York, professing that his memories of Polly will never fade in "They Can't Take That Away from Me." Polly realizes, too late, that she does love Bobby, and after he leaves, laments her loss in "But Not For Me." Meanwhile, Bela Zangler decides to put on the show as a favour to Tess; the two seem to be in love once more. Although he had been planning to cast Bobby as the lead, he makes Polly the star of the show after learning that Bobby has left for New York. Six weeks later, Bobby is still thinking of Deadrock as he works for his mother's bank. For his birthday, Mrs. Child gives him the Zangler theatre (Zangler has used all his money on the show in Deadrock). While initially ecstatic, Bobby realizes that his love for Polly is worth more in "Nice Work if You Can Get It," and leaves for Deadrock with Mrs. Child to pursue her. Meanwhile, Polly has decided to leave for New York to look for Bobby, who enters Deadrock just after she leaves. After learning that Polly has left to find him, he leaves the stage to "wash up" before driving back to New York to catch her. Bobby's mother and Irene (who is now married to Lank) notice each other, and start an argument. Everett notices Mrs. Child, and falls head-over-heels in love with her, as shown in a reprise of "Things Are Looking Up." His affections are reciprocated, and immediately afterwards, Polly re-enters with Custus, one of the cowboys. Custus is trying to give Polly a ride to the station, but his car has run out of gas, and she has missed the train to New York. Together the townspeople concoct a plan, and Polly and Bobby are finally reunited in the "Finale."

About

Crazy for You is a romantic comedy musical with a book by Ken Ludwig, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, and music by George Gershwin. Billed as "The New Gershwin Musical Comedy", it is largely based on the songwriting team’s 1930 musical, Girl Crazy, but incorporates songs from several other productions as well. Crazy for You won the 1992 Tony Award for Best Musical. In 2011, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre did a revival of Crazy for You as part of the 2011 Summer Season. The show charts the troubled love story of Bobby, son of a wealthy New York banking family and frustrated Broadway hoofer, and Polly, daughter of the proprietor of a failing theatre in Deadrock, Nevada. Sent to close the theatre down, Bobby falls for Polly and, in the guise of Zangler, a Hungarian impresario, decides to save the theatre by putting on a show. Mistaken identities, heartbreak, happiness and a wealth of memorable tunes, including I Got Rhythm, They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Nice Work If You Can Get It and Embraceable You all feature in this exhilarating celebration of the great Broadway musicals.

Cast

Bobby Child - Wim Lefebure

Polly Baker  - Emmanuelle Vergier

Bela Zangler  - Alan Gray

Everett Baker  - George Rahim

Lank Hawkins  - Oliver Wright

Irene Roth  - Lisa Thauvette

Lottie Child  - Lisa Armetta

Perkins  - Michael Berrisford

Patricia Fodor  - Angela Lowe

Eugene Fodor  - Tony Lowe

Moose  - Konstantin Woebking

 

Follies Dancers

Tess  - Sara Soumillion

Patsy  - Svea Brain

Alicia Buekenhoudt, Caroline Desmaret, Beatriz Ferraz, Julia Just, Tonia Jolly, Helen Krabb, Jeanette Marino, Sari Saarenpaa

Cowboy Quartet

Bart Bakker,  Lluis Bronsoms, Pierre Halloy, Thomas Landsbert-Noon

CHORUS

Gilda Amorosi, Avril Anderson, Barbara Bauer, Angel Castillo, Liliane DePaepe, Peter De Schepper, Chloe Eeman, Dennis Elslander, Ilaria Ernst Hites, Constanza Ferraz, Jenny Fischer, Edgar Hayward Fitch Natasha Hesketh, Rose Julien, Alexander Just, Hannah Karska, Sam Kenrick, Sam Latrice, Marco Michelon, Peter Mountain, Annika Norstrom, Celia Perry, Jessica Petter, Carole Piquemal, Latifa Sadoc, Barry Salter, Zoe Sleath, Eva Maria Szavuj, Appo Van der Wiel