Rachel Bloom and Jerry O'Connell Join Upcoming Crazy for You
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star Rachel Bloom and stage and screen favorite Jerry O'Connell (Seminar) have joined the cast of Crazy for You, a one-night-only presentation of Manhattan Concert Productions. The 25th-anniversary concert of the Tony-winning Gershwin musical will take place at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center on February 19.
Bloom will play Irene Roth, with O'Connell as Lank Hawkins. They join a cast that includes Tony Yazbeck (Finding Neverland) and Laura Osnes (Bandstand), who will costar as Bobby Child and Polly Baker, original cast member Harry Groener, who will take on the role of Bela Zangler, and 30 Rock favorites Rachel Dratch and Jack McBrayer, who will play Patricia and Eugene Fodor.
Five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman, who won a Tony Award for choreographing the show's original production, will direct. Further cast and creative team announcements will follow at a later date. The concert will also welcome a chorus of 240 singers from across the United States, a professional cast and creative team, and the enlarged forces of the New York City Chamber Orchestra.
With music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, and book by Ken Ludwig, the romantic comedy follows Bobby Child, a banker who dreams of dancing in the follies. When he's sent to foreclose on a rundown theater in Nevada, he meets Polly Baker, the daughter of the theater's owner, who has vowed to get even. Harry Groener and Jodi Benson led the cast of the original production.