ACU's Homecoming musical `Crazy For You' hits the Abilene stage

For Immediate Release
Oct. 18, 1999

The 1999 ACU Homecoming musical is "Crazy For You," the recent Broadway hit featuring the music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin and a book by Ken Ludwig.

The audience will be treated to a number of favorite Gershwin tunes such as "I Got Rhythm," "Someone to Watch Over Me," "Slap That Bass," "Embraceable You," "Nice Work If You Can Get It" and many more.

"The ACU orchestra is particularly excited about the music of `Crazy For You,'" Steven Pounders, assistant professor of theatre and musical director, said. "The score is both challenging and fun to perform." Christopher Anderson of ACU's music department will conduct the orchestra.

Audience members should keep their eyes pealed for a few on-stage musical cameos from professors in the ACU music department, including Dr. Ed George on bass, and Cheryl Lemmon on piano.

As the Gershwin music suggests, "Crazy For You" is filled with dance. Choreographer Teri Wilkerson has worked hard with the cast to provide the show with exciting tap, jazz and softshoe numbers.

"Crazy For You" is a musical about celebration. New York banker, Bobby Child, played by Patrick Mocorro, sophomore theatre major from Albuquerque, N.M., and Nevada cowgirl, Polly Baker, played by Jennifer Speck, junior theatre major from Denton, fall in love as they attempt to save the old west Gaiety Theatre from foreclosure. Bobby's scheme is to enlist the aid of the town and "put on a show." These two faces will be familiar to musical audiences as Eliza and Doolittle in last year's "My Fair Lady."

The musical is directed by Pounders with musical direction by Jeannette Lipford, costume designs by Sandy Freeman, lighting designs by Gary Varner and a set from the Starlight Musical Theatre in San Diego, Calif.

Performances are in the Abilene Civic Center at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 22 and 23, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24. Tickets are $5 to $15. You may call the ACU Theatre box office from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at (915) 674-ARTS.

"Crazy For You" was the dream of a Texas entrepreneur and Gershwin lover, Roger Horchow, who produced the show with Elizabeth Williams in 1992. The show won over 10 awards, including two Tony awards.


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