Theatre in the Park presents ‘Crazy for You’


“CRAZY FOR YOU” taps its way into Theatre in the Park JUNE 16-18, 21-24

Theatre in the Park

What’s better than a Gershwin tune?

A lot of Gershwin tunes – and that’s what audiences will get with the delightful musical CRAZY FOR YOU at Theatre in the Park beginning Friday, June 16 for a seven-performance run.

This all singing, dancing Gershwin classic musical runs through Sunday, June 18, and continues Wednesday, June 21 through Saturday, June 24. The box office opens at 6 p.m. and the gates to the seating bowl open at 6:30 p.m.; the show begins at 8:30 p.m.  CRAZY FOR YOU is rated PG.

Directed by Kevin Bogan with musical direction by Matt Richardson as music director/conductor and Valerie Martin as choreographer. CRAZY FOR YOU features music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin with a book by Ken Ludwig.

Set in the 1930s, CRAZY FOR YOU is a romantic comedy following the story of Bobby Child, well-to-do stage-struck bank who dreams of a life as a dancer. Despite the efforts of his domineering mother and others, Bobby eventually achieves his dream but not before being sent to the Wild West to deal with a customer who has defaulted on his mortgage. With dancing girls, a temperamental producer, mistaken identities and plot twists galore, CRAZY FOR YOU is high energy and fast-paced. This show features such memorable Gershwin tunes as “I Got Rhythm”, “They Can’t Take That Away From Me”, “Nice Work If You Can Get It” and “Someone To Watch Over Me”.

“Crazy for You” is truly one of the last “old-fashioned” song and dance musicals,” Bogan said.  “With over 12 major production numbers, it is perhaps the most danceable musical ever…and takes the audience back to a simpler time when romance conquered everything!”

In addition to CRAZY FOR YOU, TTIP continues its first production at the new Indoor Black Box theatre – GREASE – at the Johnson County Arts + Heritage Center, located at 8788 Metcalf in Overland Park. GREASE performances continue through June 25.

The 2017 TTIP season includes:

  • GREASE (June 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25; directed by Tim Bair; Indoors)
  • Disney’s CAMP ROCK (June 30, July 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8; directed by Mark Swezey)
  • BACK TO THE 80s (July 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22; directed by David Hastings)
  • Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (TTIP dates: July 28, 29 & 30, Aug. 2, 3, 4 & 5; White Theatre dates: July 8, 13, 15, 20 & 22 at 7:30 p.m. July 9, 16 & 23 at 2 p.m.; Directed by Steven Eubank)


Show time for the five outdoor 2017 TTIP outdoor productions is 8:30 p.m.  TTIP Indoors evening productions are at 7:30 p.m.; matinee times vary slightly.

TTIP is holding the line on prices for the 2017 season with general admission only $8, youth $6, and children three and under may attend for free (but require a ticket for entrance). Limited reserve seating and parking is available. Tickets may be purchased online at or at the theatre box office the nights of performance.

TTIP Indoor ticket prices are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors (60+) and $15 for Youth (up to 10 years of age). All seats for GREASE indoor at the Arts & Heritage Center are reserved seats and may be purchased online prior to opening.

        MOVIES IN THE PARK are back for only one buck! Sponsored by Shawnee Mission Health, four movie nights are set for the summer: June 20-“Sing,” July 18- “Pitch Perfect” and Aug. 1- Disney/Pixar’s “Finding Dory. Movie night details are available at the TTIP website, On movie nights, gates open at 7:30 p.m. with movies starting at 8:30-8:45 p.m., depending on sunset.

The Theatre in the Park is located in Shawnee Mission Park at 7710 Renner Road, in Shawnee, KS, and is a program of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District. TTIP is the largest outdoor community theater in the country, and has been providing quality theatre entertainment in the community for more than four decades. Sponsors of the 2017 season include First National Bank and Shawnee Mission Health.

For more information including entire show synopses for all 2017 TTIP productions, please visit


(Character Name, Performer)

Bobby: Rob Reeder, Kansas City
Polly: Cara Hampton, Prairie Village
Irene: Betsy Bledsoe, Kansas City
Bela Zangler: Chad Burris, Independence
Eugene Fodor: Ron Meyer, Kansas City
Patricia Fodor: Kathleen Marx, Prairie Village
Lottie: Trudy Hurley, Shawnee
Lank: John Edmonds, Overland Park
Everett: Chip Buckner, Overland Park

Female Ensemble

Patsy: Natalie Rothfusz, Kansas City
Tess: Franci Talemantez-Witte, Kansas City
Elaine: Caroline Wise, Overland Park
Louise (Polly Understudy): Ramsey Self, Kansas City
Mitzi: Zoe London, Smithville
Betsy: Danielle Sasche, Leavenworth
Sheila: Natalie Dickter, Kansas City
Susie: Emma Drace, Raytown
Vera: Christiana Coffey, Kansas City
Margie: Lauryn Hurley, Shawnee
Male Ensemble

Moose: Alex Gumminger, Kansas City, KS
Sam: Logan Lee, Platte City
Pete: Saul Jimenez, Kansas City
Harry/Chauffer: Jacob Witte, Kansas City
Wyatt: Josh Arellano, Kansas City
Mingo: Zach Kujath, Kansas City
Billy: Kyle Hyde, Leavenworth
Junior/Perkins: Jacob Thomas, Overland Park
Jimmy: Yianni Perahotritis, Kansas City
Custus: Trevor Harr, Kansas City



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