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CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE LYCEUM’S PRODUCTION OF THE HILARIOUS AND CHARMING MUSICAL COMEDY, CRAZY FOR YOU

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CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE LYCEUM’S PRODUCTION OF THE HILARIOUS AND CHARMING MUSICAL COMEDY, CRAZY FOR YOU

This Lyceum premiere is filled with every Gershwin song you love.

Arrow Rock, MO – Casting is now complete for the Lyceum premiere of the high-energy musical comedy Crazy For You, playing from June 27–July 8. Crazy For You is directed by PETER REYNOLDS (Oklahoma, 2017), choreographed by SAM HAY (Beauty and the Beast, Oklahoma, Mamma Mia, 2017), and musically directed by Resident Musical Director, JAMES WOODLAND.

Crazy For You tells the story of Bobby Child, a stage-struck NYC banker, who heads to desolate Deadrock, Nevada to foreclose a rundown theater. It’s love at first sight when he runs into spunky Polly Baker, the theater owner’s daughter, who doesn’t realize he’s the heartless businessman she’s vowed to get even with. Perhaps the great theatre impresario and Bobby’s idol, Bela Zangler of the Zangler Follies, might be able to help. With a book by Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, A Comedy of Tenors), this Gershwin extravaganza is filled with song, dance, and hilarious dialogue. Audiences will be swept up in this charming and hilarious tale of boy meeting girl in the Wild West, where they spread goodness and ultimately fall in love.

Making his Lyceum debut, DREW HUMPHREY plays Bobby Child, a banker. Humphrey’s appeared on Broadway in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and has appeared in Of Thee I Sing (Encores!), Lady Be Good (Encores!), 42nd Street (1 st National Tour). His regional credits include Crazy for You (Bobby Child, Tuacahn), A Chorus Line (Don, Sacramento Music Circus), Cats (Skimbleshanks, The Muny), On The Town (Chip, FLMTF), Hello Dolly! (Ensemble, Goodspeed Opera House), and Mary Poppins (Bert, VCT). ANDREA DOTTO, returns to Arrow Rock to play Polly, the only woman in Deadrock. Last seen at the Lyceum as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Dotto recently made her Broadway debut in Bandstand, gaining herself a Chita Rivera Award Nomination for Best Female Dancer in a Broadway Show. She’s performed at Lincoln Center, Papermill Playhouse, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and toured with the National Tour of Joseph! Making his Lyceum debut MICHAEL BRIAN DUNN plays Bela Zangler, an established producer. Michael’s Broadway credits include Dr. Zhivago, Amazing Grace, The Life, Cats, Guys and Dolls, Big River, Baby, and Sweeney Todd. National/International Tours include Amadeus, HMS Pinafore (Stratford Festival, of Canada), My Fair Lady (Singapore), If This Hat Could Talk, and Nina and the Twelve Months (Tokyo). His Off Broadway credits include Perfect Crime, Ensemble Studio Theater, Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know, Love In Two Countries, Lenny and The Heartbreakers & Death Of Von Richthofen both at New York Shakespeare Festival, Gifts of the Magi, Kennedy’s Children. Television: Law and Order CI, Trial by Jury, S.V.U.  Film: Julie & Julia (Ivan Cousins) starring Meryl Streep.

Returning to the Lyceum, STACEY HARRIS plays Irene, Bobby’s fiancée. At the Lyceum, Stacey has appeared as Tanya in Mamma Mia!, Lola in Damn Yankees, Elsa in The Sound Of Music, Barbara in Run For Your Wife, and Lucia in Black Coffee. Broadway credits include Bells Are Ringing. National Tours include Cinderella, Show Boat, and Dreamgirls. Off Broadway: The Megile Of Itzik Manger, The Golden Land, Pardon My English, and Lone Star Love. Favorite regional roles include Sally Bowles in Cabaret (Wilde Award, Best Actress in a Musical), Roxie and Velma in Chicago, Morticia in The Addams Family, Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street, Anita in West Side Story, and Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie. Having just played the Bird Woman and Mrs. Brill in Mary Poppins, DEBBIE LEE JONES returns to play Bobby’s mother and Patricia Fodor. Her theater credits include Mrs. Peachum in The Threepenny Opera, Ulita in The Forest (The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey), Chick in Crimes of the Heart (Plaza Theater), Vera in The Female Odd Couple (Helen Hayes Theater), Meg in Damn Yankees!, Mickey in My One and Only, Katie in Meet Me In St. Louis and Aunt Eller in Oklahoma! (Allenberry Playhouse).

DON RICHARD plays Everett, Polly’s father. Don’s many memorable Lyceum roles include Thernardier in Les Misérables (2015), Fagin in Oliver (2016), and Maurice in Beauty and the Beast (2017). Broadway credits include the original casts of Jane Eyre, Urinetown, and the 2014 Side Show revival.  National Tours include Sunset Boulevard (with Petula Clark) and Wicked. Making his Lyceum debut, JERRY GALLAGHER plays Moose, a member of the Cowboy Trio. Last year, Jerry recreated the role of Moose in the 25th Anniversary Concert production of Crazy for You at Lincoln Center, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman.  He created the role of Rushmore in the Off-Broadway production of Little Ham: A Harlem Jazzical. Television appearances include CBS’s “Guiding Light,” Showtime’s “The Big C,” and PBS “Great Performances.”

The cast also includes QUIN GRESHAM as Lank, NOLLIE MOORE as Eugene Fodor, SILVIA NICOLOSO as Mitzi and KIMBER HAMPTON as Louise. Featured in the ensemble are HOLLY DAYTON, MICHAEL DEWAR, DAN LUSARDI, ELIZABETH YANICK, TYLER JIMENEZ, ALEX HARTMAN, MICHELLE MERCEDES RUSSELL, DALE ELSTON, JULIUS WILLIAMS, SAM QUINN, TRACY SOKAT and CAROLINE ADAMS.

Scenic design is by Lyceum Theatre Resident Scenic Designer RYAN J. ZIRNGIBL. Mr. Zirngibl has designed many productions at The Lyceum including Les Misérables, A Christmas Carol, Million Dollar Quartet, Around the World in 80 Days, The King and I, and Fiddler on the Roof. Resident Costume Designer GARTH DUNBAR returns after 11 previous seasons at The Lyceum where his many designs include Into the Woods, Hairspray, The Fantasticks, and Little Women the Musical. Resident Lighting Designer RANDY B. WINDER has designed over 100 Lyceum productions including Cats, A Christmas Carol, Les Misérables, Million Dollar Quartet, and The Fantasticks. JON ROBERTSON returns as Sound Designer, TONY DEARING returns for his 26th year as Production Stage Manager and IVAN DARIO CANO returns for his third year as Assistant Stage Manager.

Single tickets for Crazy For You are priced at $39.00 for adults. Senior, student and children discounts are available. Special Group Rates are available as well. Performances are June 27 – July 8, 2018, Evening performances are at 8pm and matinees are at 2pm. For tickets: www.lyceumtheatere.org, (660) 837-3311 x1, or in person at the Lyceum’s box office at 114 High Street, Arrow Rock, MO 65320.

The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)(3), professional theatre located in the unique village of Arrow Rock, Missouri, a 19th century National Historic Landmark. The Lyceum has been entertaining audiences in the heart of Missouri for 58 years producing a variety of musicals, dramas and comedies. Each year, this 416 seat theatre attracts professional talent from across the country to produce an eight show season (June-December). Performers, designers, directors, and technicians take residence in Arrow Rock for five months to bring its patrons Broadway caliber productions throughout the summer. The Lyceum receives much needed support from the Missouri Arts Council.

The Lyceum Theatre is affiliated with Actors’ Equity Association, the Union for Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

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