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Jim Walton taps up a storm in the dance number "I Can't Be Bothered Now."
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In 1992, the American Broadway musical made an all-singing and all-dancing comeback with the premiere of "Crazy for You," an adaptation of the George and Ira Gershwin 1930 hit "Girl Crazy." Crammed with standards like "I Got Rhythm" and "Embraceable You," "Crazy for You" featured sparkling direction by Mike Ockrent and vibrant choreography by Susan Stroman, garnering the year's Tony Award for Best Musical. Taped for television at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse under Ockrent and Stroman's supervision, the cast of "Crazy for You" includes Jim Walton, Stacey Logan, Jane Connell, Bruce Adler, and M*A*S*H's Larry Linville. Now audiences everywhere can delight in the adventures of a stage-struck playboy in a Nevada mining town -- where romance, mistaken identities, and showstopping musical numbers all add up to irresistible fun.

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Late music critic John Ardoin reviews the unique partnership between the Gershwin brothers; analyzes the challenges of adapting a 1930s musical for a contemporary audience; and takes a look at the regional theater powerhouse, New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse.

Click here to explore the Web companion for this program, which originally aired on October 20, 1999.




Top banner photos: Polly Baker (Stacey Logan) sings "I Got Rhythm"; Polly (Logan) and Bobby (Walton) in the number "Shall We Dance?"; Bobby (Walton) with chorus girls.

The Fodors

Travelers Eugen (Geoffrey Wade) and Patricia Fodor (Amelia White).

The Bakers

A foreclosure notice arrives for the Baker's run-down theater.