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On the Town: Education gala raises $30,000 for students, Glendale Center Theatre debuts 'Crazy for You'

February 12, 2013|By Ruth Sowby
  • 'Crazy for You' showgirls, from left, Daron O'Donnell and Anna LaMonica pose with Burbank resident Lillian Giese at the Glendale Center Theatre.
'Crazy for You' showgirls, from left, Daron… (Photo by Ruth Sowby )

Beginning its 66th year, the Glendale Center Theatre premiered its latest musical: “Crazy for You.” It’s full of familiar tunes with music by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin. Sunday’s matinee (Feb. 9) was the show’s debut. Third-generation owner-producer Tim Dietlein greeted his audience. He introduced his children perched on the very top row, Travis and Jaymes Dietlein. Wife Brenda Dietlein sat this one out.

In a nutshell, the story is about a musical within a musical that saves the day as money raised allows the continuation of the theater. Romance abounds — just in time for Valentine’s Day.

A standout is Jason W. Webb playing the lead, Bobby Child. Webb is a triple threat — an outstanding actor, singer and dancer.

Theater lovers applauding the loudest included Jane McVay and Cheryl Hanna from Glendale and Nancy Lark and Lillian Giese of Burbank. Giese is McVay’s mother.

This multigeneration favorite will run through March 30. Don’t miss it.

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