Crazy For You
Crazy For You
Music & Lyrics by George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin
Book by Ken Ludwig
George and Ira Gershwin’s musical comedy hit is full of classic songs and thrilling dance numbers. When Broadway hopeful Bobby Child heads to Deadrock, Nevada to escape an overzealous fiancee and foreclose on an abandoned theater, he discovers love, life and tap dancing in the desert. Winner of three Tony Awards including Best Musical, this dynamic musical’s dazzling score includes “I Got Rhythm,” “Someone To Watch Over Me,” “Embraceable You,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” and many more!
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James Beaman* (Bela Zangler)
James is thrilled to make his Riverside Theatre debut! He comes to Vero Beach directly from Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City where he played Smee inPeter and the Starcatcher. Other recent credits include: Thénardier in Les Misérablesat Orlando Shakespeare Theater, John Adams in 1776 (directed by James Brennan) at Cape Playhouse, and Milt in Laughter on the 23rd Floor at Flat Rock Playhouse. James starred as Sir Robin in the First National Tour of Monty Python’s Spamalot and has originated roles in two new musicals, Frog Kiss and The Road To Qatar! (Off Broadway/Original Cast Album). Proud Equity member for 25 years! Many thanks to Wojcik/Seay Casting and to agent Craig Holzberg and Avalon Artists Group. Visit James at www.jamesbeaman.com.
Michael Biren* (Ensemble, Billy)
Michael is thrilled to be making his Riverside debut with Crazy For You. Off-Broadway:Revolution in the Elbow. Tours: Billy Elliot (with Faith Prince) and Cinderella (with Lea Salonga). Regional: Billy Elliot (The MUNY); A Funny Thing…Forum (Goodspeed Opera House); Mike in A Chorus Line (Ogunquit Playhouse); Drowsy Chaperone, Gypsy, Mary Poppins (Maine State Music Theatre); Mary Poppins, Young Frankenstein (Fulton Opera House). B.A. in Theatre and B.S. in Biology from Muhlenberg College. Proud Equity member. Love to DMRSCLB+L!
Molly Jean Blodgett (Ensemble)
Molly is thrilled to be making her Riverside Theatre debut! Previous credits includeMary Poppins (Katie Nanna/ Mary Understudy), Legally Blonde (Enid), Singin’ in the Rain (Zelda), 42nd St. and A Chorus Line (Judy). She has also been seen in NYU productions such as Thoroughly Modern Millie (Gloria), Violet, Sweet Charity, andNine. She is a graduate of the NYU-Tisch School of the Arts (Cap21) with a BFA in Drama and a Minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies. Much love to her ever supportive and beautiful family and friends!
Courtney Brady (Ensemble)
Courtney is thrilled and thankful to be a part of the C4Y Company at Riverside Theater! A Colorado native, Courtney performed with the Dance In Flight Company at Pepperdine University in California and graduated with a BA in Liberal Arts/Music. She has since traveled the world performing in Broadway-style shows on multiple cruise ships. Now based in New York City, she is a proud member of the USO Show Troupe, which provides support, love, and smiling faces to military service members and their families through music and entertainment worldwide. Love and sincere gratitude to my incredible family and friends.
Joanie Brittingham* (Patricial Fodor)
Joanie has performed both in opera and musical theatre, with American Lyric Theatre, IconoClassic Productions, d'ell A'rte Opera, Chelsea Opera, Opera Lancaster, GLOW Lyric Theatre, LOOK Musical Theatre, Peach State Opera, and Wichita Grand Opera, among others. Shows include: The Tender Land (Laurie), Werther (Sophie), The Light in the Piazza (Clara), The Telephone (Lucy), Hansel und Gretel (Gretel), and The Boy Friend (Polly Browne). She has been noted for her “full bodied voice” (Tulsa World), “vivacious stage presence” (Greenville News) and “lucid diction” (The New York Times).
Abby Church* (Polly Baker)
Abby is thrilled to be playing her dream role at Riverside, where she appeared last season as Eileen in I Love a Piano. Broadway: How to Succeed…(Rosemary u/s),White Christmas. Tours/NY: Billy Elliot (1st National), 42nd Street (Asia), City Center Encores, Irish Repertory Theatre. Regional: Kennedy Center, Goodspeed Opera House, Riverside Theatre, NSMT, Atlanta TOTS, Hangar Theatre. TV: “Team Umizoomi”, numerous commercials. Acting BFA from Ithaca College. Cheers, Bloc! Love to Shaun and the entire Church-Lang-Smith-Phillips clan. For Sadie and Nellie, who came all the way from Texas to see their aunt tap dance.
Lauren Defilippo (Ensemble, Patsy)
Lauren a Texas girl, she is honored to be joining this amazing cast of Crazy For You. Credits:42ND Street at Ocean State Theater(Peggy Sawyer), The Love Note Musical-Off Broadway (Katty), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Footloose (Ariel), HSM 2(Sharpay Evans, Dance Capt), SYTYCD (Guest performer), Six Flags Fiesta Texas Entertainment–Wicked (Glinda), Sesame Street SeaWorld-Elmo Rocks (Jessie). Thank you to all my family and friends for their continued love and support, especially my parents. Many thanks to everyone at Riverside Theater for this wonderful opportunity. University of Texas at Austin.
Elise Dwenger (Ensemble)
Elise is delighted to be performing in Riverside's Crazy For You! Past credits include42nd Street and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Lyric Theatre OKC, A Beef & Boards Christmas, IPL Yuletide Celebration with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, andMiracles at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Elise has also performed around the world on board the MS Masdaam with Holland America Line. Thanks to everyone at Riverside for this opportunity! Hebrews 11:1. Love to Nick.
Sarah Fagan (Ensemble)
Sarah is excited to make her debut at Riverside Theatre! Favorite credits include the world-premiere musical Holiday Inn at Goodspeed Opera House, Anything Goes at North Shore Music Theatre, The Producers at the Palace Theatre, Singin’ in the Rain,Legally Blonde: The Musical, and Fiddler on the Roof at Music Theatre Wichita. Sarah is a proud graduate of Oklahoma City University with a degree in dance performance. Thanks to the entire team of Crazy For You, and love to my family and Layne!
Jerry Gallagher* (Ensemble, Moose)
Jerry is happy to make his debut on Florida's Atlantic coast, having appeared last winter as the Spirit of Christmas Present in FreeFall Theatre's production of A Christmas Carol in St. Petersburg. Jerry performed the role of Moose in the acclaimed Paper Mill Playhouse production that was broadcast as part of the PBS Great Performances series. When not doing Crazy for You, he is usually forced to shave his beard for such roles as Big Jule in Guys & Dolls (St. Louis MUNY), Big Six in City of Angels (Goodspeed Opera House), and Rushmore in Little Ham-A Harlem Jazzical(Original Off-Broadway Cast).
Natalia Lepore Hagan (Ensemble)
Natalia transplanted from Youngstown, Ohio, to New York City, Natalia is trained in Music Theatre, dramatic acting and numerous styles of dance. Most recently she was seen in The New York Musical Theatre Festival as Lola in The Mapmaker's Opera and was a featured singer in the Abingdon Theatre's anniversary gala honoring Dick Cavett. She has appeared in “Boardwalk Empire” as a principal dancer; has worked closely with Patricia Birch and on many 1920's period pieces including the premiere event for Baz Luhrmann's Great Gatsby. Dance: Tate Modern (London), Ballet Western Reserve; New York: Casper's Fat Tuesday - August Strindberg Repertory Theatre.
Stacey Harris* (Irene Roth)
Stacey is delighted to return to Riverside, where she played Roxie in Chicago. Broadway: Bells Are Ringing. National Tours: Cinderella, Show Boat, Dreamgirls. Off Broadway: The Megile Of Itzik Manger (Esther), The Golden Land (Fannie), Lone Star Love (Consuela, Mrs. Ford u/s). Favorite regional roles include Lola in Damn Yankees, Anita in West Side Story, Jane in 'S Wonderful, Josefine/Monica in Romance, Romance, Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie, Edythe in My One and Only, Elaine in Last of The Red Hot Lovers, Lala in The Last Night of Ballyhoo, and Anna in Syncopation. Graduate of Northwestern University. www.stacey-harris.com
Andrew Hubacher (Ensemble)
Citizens of Vero Beach, how nice to make your acquaintance! Riverside Theatre Debut. Recently seen in NYC as George Deever in All My Sons and Sam Clemens in the newest musical adaptation of Twain's Life on the Mississippi. Starbuck in 110 in the Shade (Tent Theater), Cabaret (Milwaukee Repertory), Camelot (Goodspeed Opera House), Music Man (Kansas City Starlight) Matt in The Fantasticks (Weathervane Playhouse), Jamie in the Last Five Years (Dobama Theatre).andrewhubacher.blogspot.com. Soli Deo Gloria.
Karen Hyland* (Tess)
Karen is thrilled to work at the Riverside Theatre, and perform in her third production ofCrazy For You! Broadway/NYC: Scandalous, Ghost, Anyone Can Whistle. Tour: Billy Elliot (Working Title), White Christmas (1st National), Elf (1st National), Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Regional: Sacramento Music Circus, Cincinnati Playhouse, Westchester Broadway Dinner Theatre, Maine State Music Theatre, Geva Theatre, Portland Center Stage, and others! Many thanks to Gayle Seay and Erin Denman!!! Karenhyland.com, @karenyogahy
Beverly Jensen (Ensemble)
Beverly is an American Musical and Dramatic Academy graduate. Favorite performances include: Phyllis in 42nd Street (Tuacahn Aphitheater, Asian Tour), going Ape in Tarzan, moonlight tapping in Crazy For You, and My Fair Lady (Tuacahn Aphitheater). She also was featured Off-Broadway in Sex, Relationships and Sometimes…Love. She’s danced for musical artists Josh Triplett and Michael V. Doane and in Broadway Sings for Pride. As a collaborator with the Theater Project in NYC, she choreographed musical works for Macbeth and Horse Play for the Fringe Festival. Beverly danced with Tressor Group in NYC, and Bossov Ballet Theater in Maine where she was leads in Le Corsaire, Nutcracker, Cinderella and HungarianDances. She is very excited to work here at Riverside Theatre in one of her favorite musicals.
Devin Johnson* (Ensemble, Junior, Pete)
Devin is thrilled to be making his debut at the Riverside Theatre with Crazy For You! Regional credits: The Drowsy Chaperone (George) at Connecticut Repertory Theatre starring Pat Sajak; Oliver! (Charlie Bates) at Paper Mill Playhouse; Sweeney Todd(Tobias Ragg) at White Plains Performing Arts Center; A Chorus Line (Mark) at Connecticut Repertory Theatre; 42nd Street at Weston Playhouse; Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, The Fireside, Surflight. Education: BFA Musical Theater, Montclair State University. Devin-Johnson.com
Tony Lawson* (Lank Hawkins)
Tony has been seen in Riverside productions of The Music Man , 42nd Street , She Loves Me , Grand Night For Singing and Kiss Me Kate. He recently finished a run of White Christmas up at the Alhambra Theatre - singing the leads opposite his wife, Krista Severeid. Both Tony and Krista opened the first season of the new Wick Theatre in Boca Raton - as the Captain and Maria in The Sound of Music. Tony was in Les Miserables on Broadway and has held roles in the National Tours of Ken Hill's Phantom of the Opera (Raoul), Damn Yankees (Joe Hardy), Disney's Beauty and the Beast (Gaston) and Irving Berlin's White Christmas (Ralph Sheldrake).
Ben Laxton (Ensemble, Sam)
Ben is thrilled to me making his debut at Riverside Theatre! National tours: Catch Me If You Can (u/s Frank Jr.), Ghost (u/s Sam). Regional: Next To Normal, Avenue Q, Spring Awakening, Annie (Playhouse on the Square), Chicago, Sound of Music(Allenberry Playhouse), All Shook Up, Fiddler (Bigfork Summer Playhouse). Proud graduate of Belmont University. Thanks to my wife Andrea, Mom, Dad, Tori, Mrs. Halbert, Todd at ATB, and the rest of my amazing friends and family.
Ben Liebert* (Ensemble, Mingo)
Ben Broadway/Tour: Wicked (Boq); Int’l Tour: Grease (Eugene); Regional: Full Monty (Malcolm), Young Frankenstein (Igor), Next to Normal (Henry), Avenue Q (Nicky/Trekkie), Guys and Dolls (Big Jule), Limelight (Chaplin u/s), Beauty and the Beast (Lefou). An accomplished puppeteer, Ben was last seen in El Gato Con Botas, directed by Moises Kaufman, and played the title role in Icarus, produced by the Jim Henson Carriage House. Next up: Carmen Ghia in The Producers. BFA: NYU-CAP21. Proud member of Actors’ Equity. Thanks to Jimmy, Deanna, Ken, and the entire team. So much love to K, Rosie, and the Lieberts. www.benliebert.com
Michael McGurk* (Ensemble, Jimmy)
Michael Broadway: The Wedding Singer (original cast), The Music Man (original revival cast). Off Broadway: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. 1st National Tour: Dr. Dolittle. Regional: And The World Goes Round (Farmers Alley Theatre), Pittsburgh CLO (Gene Kelly Distinguished Alumni Award), Music Theatre of CT (Eddie in Ancestral Voices), Sacramento Music Circus, Houston TUTS, Dallas Summer Musicals, Goodspeed Opera House, Denver Center Theatre Company, Barrington Stage, Walnut St. Theatre, Tuacahn Amphitheater, Stages St. Louis. Michael has performed on The Tony Awards twice. He holds a BFA from The Boston Conservatory.
Drew Nellessen* (Bobby Child)
Drew is thrilled to be back at Riverside Theatre where he last appeared crap shooting in Guys and Dolls! Tours: Chicago (National, Tokyo, Dubai, Bangkok productions),West Side Story (Riff). TV: “General Hospital.” Other Credits include Goodspeed Opera House, Sacramento Music Circus, Goodman Theatre, Stages! St. Louis and 24 other Regional Shows. He would like to thank the Creative Team, the Parental Unit, and Wojcik/Seay casting for this opportunity! Live, Love, and Learn!
John O'Creagh* (Everett Baker)
John has most recently appeared at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Mary Poppins, the Shakespeare Theater Company in Washington DC in The Importance of Being Earnestand the Pittsburgh Public Theater in Candida. John has appeared on television on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “John Adams,” “Life On Mars,” “Law and Order SVU,” “Kidnapped” and “Sex and The City.” He’s currently preparing a book of light verse for publication.
Rob Reynolds* (Ensemble, Custus)
Rob A proud member of AEA for 22 years, Rob is thrilled to be a part of this amazing production. New York and tour credits include Candide (New York City Opera), West Side Story (European tour) and A Chorus Line (National tour). Regional credits:Singing in the Rain, Miss Saigon, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The Full Monty, Sunday in the Park with George, and a multitude of others. When not onstage, Rob spends his time in the pit, playing trumpet recently for Swing!, The Drowsy Chaperone, Spamalot, and The Full Monty. Huge thanks to Wojcik/Seay Casting for this one!
Marcus Stevens* (Eugene Fodor)
Marcus was most recently seen Off-Broadway in Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking and Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging! Marcus has worked at The Walnut Street Theatre, The Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, The Pittsburgh Public Theater, Sacramento Music Circus and The Kennedy Center, and has played roles ranging from Motel in Fiddler on the Roof to Jamie in The Last Five Years. In addition to acting, Marcus is a Richard Rodgers Award winning lyricist/librettist, whose musicals have been produced in Pittsburgh, California, Philadelphia, Canada, and New York. Much love to Mom, Dad, Rachel and Julia! www.marcus-stevens.com
Darius Wright* (Ensemble, Wyatt)
Darius is very excited to make his Riverside Theatre debut! Favorite credits include:West Side Story (Indio), Hairspray (Thad), Will Roger’s Follies (Indian Dancer), Tarzan(Leopard), Ragtime, Bye Bye Birdie, Sweet Charity, Big River, Violet (Flick),The Pajama Game (Sid u/s),Legally Blonde (Grandmaster Chad), Bernstein’s Mass (Rock Singer). Graduate of Oklahoma City University and a proud Houstonian. Shout out to my mom and Harden-Curtis Associates. For more information visit DariusWright.com.
Director: Jimmy Brennan
Choreographer: Deanna Dys
Music Director: Ken Clifton
Scenic Designer: Michael Anania
Costume Designer: Kurt Alger
Lighting Designer: Julie Duro
Sound Designer: Craig Beyrooti
Casting: Wojcik / Seay Casting LLC
Stage Manager: Mark Johnson*
Assistant Stage Manager: Amy Bertacini*
*Members of the Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors
and Stage Managers in the United States