Gilman is proud to present the Tony Award-winning musical comedy Crazy For You, featuring a cast of 36 students from the Gilman, Bryn Mawr, Roland Park Country School, and St. Paul’s School for Girls. The show will run May 2-5 in the Alumni Auditorium and tickets are going fast! Buy your tickets here.
Senior Luke Sabracos, who starred as the title character in last year’s musical Barnum, is back as Bobby, and St. Paul’s senior Layla Sartipy makes her Gilman debut as Polly, the object of his affection. Other Gilman students in leading and supporting roles include seniors Quinn Beagle, Alex Lawson, Ben Levinson, Steven Li, Matt Meittinis and Noah Seth, as well as junior Tyler Martire, making his Gilman musical debut in the role of theatrical impresario Bela Zangler. Bryn Mawr’s Keri McClelland, Liza Plant Gray Purcell, and Hannalise Shaughnessy, and RPCS’s Alex Cashman, round out the principal roles.
The production is directed by John Rowell, marking his fifteenth show as director for the Upper School, and musical directed by Bryn Mawr’s Todd Twining, with choreography by Jesse Palmer Miller, whose extensive credits extend throughout the region and beyond.
Crazy For You received the 1992 Tony and Drama Desk Awards and the 1993 Olivier Award. Featuring immortal Gershwin songs such as “I Got Rhythm,” “Bidin’ My Time,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” and “Embraceable You,” the show promises an evening that will entertain audiences of all ages.
The show, which opened on Broadway in 1992 to unanimous acclaim, is a refashioning of the Gershwin brothers' hit musical from 1930, Girl Crazy. It is set in 1937 in both the gilt-edged streets of Manhattan and the dusty roads of Deadrock, Nevada. When young banker (and wanna-be Broadway star) is sent out west by his aristocratic mother to close down a theater whose mortgage payments have been too long arriving to the New York bank that owns its deed, he discovers that the town is in desperate need of a shot of energy, happiness, and excitement—simply put, they need a reason to live. What better way to revive a depressed, one-mule town than by bringing its only legitimate theater back to life in all its original glory with a slam-bang musical stage show? A classic case of mistaken identity and comic misunderstandings and complications ensue, with, of course, a love story. Does boy get the girl? Does girl get a boy? Does girl get the boy she thinks he is?
Gilman's Upper School musical is one of the highlights of the year, so don't miss it! Get your tickets here.