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PRESS PHOTO BY DOUGLAS GRAVES Freedom High School PRESS PHOTO BY DOUGLAS GRAVES Freedom High School "Crazy For You" cast, from left: Max Kraft (Everett Baker), Daniel Youngelman (Bobby Child), Hannah Arnold (Polly Baker), Justin Roth (Bela Zangler) and Courtney Donah (Tess).

High School Musicals: Freedom

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

'Crazy For You'

New York City rich boy falls for small-town girl and in the process resurrects a dying gold rush town in "Crazy For You," 7 p. m. April 3, 4, 5 and 6 p.m. April 6, auditorium, Freedom High School, 3149 Chester Avenue, Bethlehem.

The musical is directed by Jennifer Wescoe with choreography by Jerri L. Brown.

While the married producer of the "Zangler Follies," Bela Zangler (Justin Roth), chases after Tess (Courtney Donah), aspiring singer Bobby Child (Daniel Youngelman) heads west to foreclose on the Gaiety Theater. He meets the theater owner's daughter, Polly Baker (Hannah Arnold), the prettiest and only woman in town.

Romance immediately blossoms between Polly and Bobby, forcing Bobby to adopt another identity because Polly has vowed to "get even" with that "banker from New York." That would be Bobby.

Polly's father and owner of the Gaiety Theater, Everett Baker (Max Kraft) refuses to sell the theater to the owner of the local saloon who is also hot for Polly.

"Crazy For You," opening on Broadway in 1992, was nominated for nine Tony Awards, receiving three including Best Musical and Choreography.

With a book by Ken Ludwig, the show was billed as "The New Gershwin Musical Comedy," but is based on George and Ira Gershwin's 1930 musical, "Girl Crazy."

Featured songs include "I Got Rhythm," "Embraceable You" and "Someone to Watch Over Me."

Tickets: 610-867-6630