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Friday, 20 June 2014

Crazy for You becomes first Stratford Festival cast recording


Members of the company, Crazy for You.
Photo: Cylla von Tidemann
June 17, 2014… The magic of the Stratford Festival’s hit musical Crazy for You has been immortalized in the first full-length cast recording in the Festival’s history. The album is filled with beloved Gershwin tunes and a sensational cast bursting with talent: who could ask for anything more?

“I am thrilled to announce Stratford’s very first cast recording – something we have wanted to do for many years,” says Executive Director Anita Gaffney. “We are so lucky to have some of the greatest artists in the world with us each season. It is extremely important to us to preserve and share their extraordinary talents. This recording, together with our plans for Stratford@Play, which will see us film up to three productions a year, are exciting advances, which will take the Festival’s work to an even larger audience.”

Described as “a rollicking, rhythmic delight” by the Toronto Star’s Richard Ouzounian and “a shot of adrenaline” by The Globe and Mail’s J. Kelly Nestruck, Crazy for You is already one of the hottest tickets of the 2014 season. Specially conceived for the Festival stage by director and choreographer Donna Feore, the production features Natalie Daradich as Polly Baker, Josh Franklin as Bobby Child and Tom Rooney as Bela Zangler.

Featuring all 31 cast members as well as 21 musicians led by Conductor and Musical Director Shelley Hanson, the album is packed with classic Gershwin songs, including “I Got Rhythm,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” “Can’t Take That Away From Me” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.”

Musical Numbers

Act I
Overture/Kr-a-zy For You – Bobby
I Can’t Be Bothered Now – Bobby, Follies Girls
Bidin’ My Time – Mingo, Sam, Moose
Could You Use Me?/Shall We Dance? – Bobby, Polly Girls Enter Nevada – Company
Someone to Watch Over Me – Polly
Slap That Bass – Bobby and Company
Embraceable You – Polly, Bobby
I Got Rhythm – Polly and Company

Act II
The Real American Folk Song (Is a Rag) – Mingo, Sam, Moose and Company
What Causes That? – Bela, Bobby
Naughty Baby – Irene, Lank
Stiff Upper Lip – Patricia, Eugene and Company
They Can’t Take That Away From Me/But Not For Me – Bobby/Polly
Nice Work If You Can Get It – Bobby, Follies Girls

The album is available for purchase at the Stratford Festival Shop. To purchase online, visit iTunes or CD Baby at

The album was produced by Peter McBoyle and Franklin Brasz.

Crazy for You is a high-energy romantic comedy telling the story of Bobby Child, son of a banking magnate, who is sent to Deadrock, Nevada, to foreclose on a derelict theatre but unexpectedly falls for its owner’s daughter, Polly Baker.

Crazy for You plays at the Stratford Festival until October 12. For tickets, contact the box office at 1.800.567.1600 or visit

With music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, and book by Ken Ludwig, Crazy for You was co-conceived by Ken Ludwig and Mike Ockrent. The musical was inspired by material by Guy Bolton and John McGowan, and originally produced on Broadway by Roger Horchow and Elizabeth Williams.

Crazy for You is co-sponsored by Union Gas Limited and RBC. Production support is generously provided by Riki Turofsky and Charles Petersen. Support for the 2014 season of the Festival Theatre is generously provided by Claire and Daniel Bernstein.


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