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11.20.15 Issue

by Annette van de Kamp-Wright, Jewish Press Editor

Mark your calendars: next month, the JCC Musical Theater Community Acting Group will perform Crazy for You, YPE  at the Jewish Community Center. Two performances are scheduled for Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. Tickets will go on sale Monday Nov. 23 at 9 a.m. Cost of tickets is $5 for kids and students, and $10 for adults.

“Our performers are incredibly dedicated to this show,” says Esther Katz, Cultural Arts Director. “It never ceases to amaze me how they give so freely of their time, coming to rehearsal week after week. Many of the performers have been doing this for years, and have been able to build wonderful relationships.”

Crazy for You is a romantic musical written by Ken Ludwig, with lyrics by Ira Gershwin and music by George Gershwin. It has been billed as the “Gershwin Musical” and is largely based on the 1930 musical Girl Crazy, but it also incorporates songs from other Gershwin productions. It won a Tony Award in 1992.

“We selected this show because it has been a real crowd pleaser in other venues. Many of the songs are recognizable to the audience, and I think  it’s great for our younger cast members to get to know songs by the Gershwin brothers up close and personal. Ira and George Gershwin areso iconic; the chance to perform from their songbook is exciting.”

The musical made its debut on Broadway in February of 1992, and ran for 1,622 performances. At its opening, New York Times reviewer Frank Rich wrote:

“When future historians try to find the exact moment at which Broadway finally rose up to grab the musical back from the British, they just may conclude that the revolution began last night. The shot was fired at the Shubert Theater, where a riotously entertaining show called Crazy for You uncorked the American musical’s classic blend of music, laughter, dancing, sentiment and showmanship with a freshness and confidence rarely seen during the Cats decade. Crazy for You scraped away decades of cabaret and jazz and variety show interpretations to reclaim the Gershwin standards, in all their glorious youth, for the dynamism of the stage.”

And this time, its performers are your friends and family, making this a not-to-be-missed event for Jewish Omaha. Directed by Fran Sillau, choreographed by Nicole Korpela with Bernadette Smitch directing the music, it’s sure to bring the house down.

For more information about the JCC Musical Theater Community Acting Group, future auditions and performances, please contact Esther Katz at or call 402.334.6406.