Pianist, song arranger & music director
On October 6th, Nathan and I sent the Krannert Center its 50th Birthday present: a concert celebrating everything about the University of Illinois that we have been so lucky to be a part of as students, faculty, and performers.
Alongside current students, alumni, faculty, emerging artists and seasoned professionals, we shared some Broadway heritage, from Street Scene and Carousel to Fun Home and Parade. We did this not just for the beautiful music, but to showcase some of the incredible talent of the new generation of young musicians.
This premiere project is available in varied forms to young artist programs all over the country. If you want to share in this celebration, we’d love to hear from you.
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The American baritone Nathan Gunn and pianist Julie Gunn propose a varied programme of poetic and musical voices from Carnegie Hall to Tin Pan Alley via Broadway.
Music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Book by Ken Ludwig
Sarah Wigley, director
“It is heaven on earth. Everything an American musical comedy should be.” That’s how The New Yorker describes Tony Award-winning Crazy for You, the story of young, rich Bobby Child, sent from New York City to Deadrock, Nevada, in the height of the 1930s Depression to foreclose on a broken-down theatre. Bobby meets Polly Baker, spunky daughter of the theatre owner, and the rest is . . . singing, dancing, romance, and laughter! This endearing, vivacious show features unforgettable songs from American music masters George and Ira Gershwin, including “Shall We Dance,” “I Got Rhythm,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” and more.