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Bobby Child, scion of a New York banking family (and also a talented song-and-dance man), is sent by his mother to foreclose the Gaiety Theatre in Deadrock, Nevada. Once there, however, he ... See full summary »


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Guy Bolton (libretto "Girl Crazy"), Ken Ludwig (dialogue) | 1 more credit »


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Episode credited cast:
Bruce Adler Bruce Adler ... Bela Zangler
Lori Alexander Lori Alexander ... Sheila
Jeb Brown ... Lank Hawkins
Jane Connell Jane Connell ... Mother
Jennifer Lee Crowl ... Susie
Debra Denys Smith Debra Denys Smith ... Elaine
Sandy Edgerton Sandy Edgerton ... Irene Roth
Juliet Fischer ... Mitzi
Jerry Gallagher Jerry Gallagher ... Moose
Alan Gilbert Alan Gilbert ... Sam
Stacey Todd Holt Stacey Todd Holt ... Pete
Mylinda Hull ... Tess
Temple Kane Temple Kane ... Betsy
Matt Lashey Matt Lashey ... Harry
Larry Linville ... Everett Baker


Bobby Child, scion of a New York banking family (and also a talented song-and-dance man), is sent by his mother to foreclose the Gaiety Theatre in Deadrock, Nevada. Once there, however, he falls in love with the daughter of the theatre's owner, and becomes involved in a scheme to save the day by putting on a magnificent show. Written by RK

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Release Date:

20 October 1999 (USA) See more »

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KQED See more »
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1.33 : 1
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The original Broadway production of "Crazy for You" opened at the Shubert Theater in New York on February 19, 1992, ran for 1622 performances and won the 1992 Tony Award for the Best Musical. The musical also received a nomination for Best Book. See more »


Irene: So which is it, Bobby? Me... or Deadrock?
Bobby: [looks uneasily between her and his mother, then grabs letter and runs away] Taxi! Grand Central Station!
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Version of Girl Crazy (1943) See more »

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Joyous Musical with a Gershwin Tune ... and then some
3 November 2018 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Jim Walton and Stacey Logan star in this production of the Broadway musical that opened in 1992. Very loosely based on the 1943 film GIRL CRAZY, the plot has a banker who longs to be on the stage going to Nevada to repossess a theater that's behind in its payments. He instantly falls for the local girl and they decide to "put on a show" to save the theater.

The slim plot is built around 18 songs by George and Ira Gershwin, most of which are famous and instantly recognizable from classic movies. This production was filmed in 1999 and shown on PBS' Great Performances series.

Jim Walton starred in productions in Australia and Canada. He sings and dances well and is a delight in the "double" act with Bruce Adler as Bela Zangler. Adler was in the original Broadway production as were Jane Connell (the mother) and Stacey Logan (though she was a chorine in the original).

Larry Linville plays the father, Sandy Edgerton plays Irene, and Jeb Brown is Lank the hotelier.

Big and bright and with lots of humor, the dance numbers are excellent and very imaginative. Susan Stroman's original choreography has been re-created to great effect.

The core of the show is the Gershwin music, and it still ranks among the best American music ever.

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