- This article is about the stage musical. For other uses, see Girl Crazy .
is a 1930 musical
with music by George Gershwin
, lyrics by Ira Gershwin
and book by Guy Bolton
and John McGowan
. Ethel Merman
made her stage debut in this musical production.
It has been adapted three times for film, most notably in 1943 with Mickey Rooney
and Judy Garland
. In that version, the roles played by Ginger Rogers and Ethel Merman were combined into one, played by Garland.
The musical opened at the Alvin Theatre
on October 14, 1930 and closed on June 6, 1931 after 272 performances. It was directed by Alexander Leftwich, with choreography by George Hale and sets by Donald Oenslager
. This musical made a star of Ginger Rogers
, who, with Allen Kearns
, sang "Could You Use Me?" and "Embraceable You
" and, with Willie Howard, "But Not for Me
". Ethel Merman, in her Broadway
debut sang "I Got Rhythm
", "Sam and Delilah
", and "Boy! What Love Has Done To Me!
" and "became an overnight sensation...that launched her fifty year career."Vlastnik, Frank; Bloom, Ken. Broadway Musicals: The 101 Greatest Shows of All Time
, Black Dog Publishing, 2010, ISBN 1579128491, p. 132
"The score was one of the Gershwins' best" according to theatre writer Ken Bloom.Bloom, Ken. Broadway: Its History, People, and......