Harding plans homecoming musical

The Harding University theatre department will present its annual Homecoming musical at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 29, in Benson Auditorium. This year’s production is “Crazy for You,” which, according to producer Cindee Stockstill, is the most fun musical that you have never heard of.

“The biggest problem with this musical is that it isn’t very well known,” Stockstill said. “We were looking for something that we haven’t done before and could do with our current pool of talent when we were intrigued by this musical.”

“Crazy for You” premiered in February 1992 and produced a total of 1,622 performances. The musical is known as the new George Gershwin musical comedy and is based on the 1930 musical “Girl Crazy.”

The romantic comedy follows Bobby Child, a man forced by his mother to close down a small town theatre. When this threatens his budding romance with Polly Baker, he instead chooses to put on a play to pay off the bank and win her over.

“We love Gershwin music, and we thought that it would be fun for our audiences,” Stockstill said. “It is New York City showgirls meet wild West cowboys in the 1930s — a romantic comedy with some mistaken identities woven through it.”

The musical incorporates songs from six separate productions including “Embraceable You,” “I Got Rhythm” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.”

Tickets can be purchased at hardingtickets.com or at the box office for $15. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $18. Immediately following the musical, join the cast for a meet and greet in the student center. For more information, contact the box office at 501.279.4255.

In addition to the annual musical, there will be several other Homecoming activities on campus:

Friday, Oct. 28

•      Good News Singers, 4 p.m., C.L. Kay Plaza in front of the Benson Auditorium

Saturday, Oct. 29

•      Inflatable games and petting zoo, 10:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Ganus Activities Complex

•      Pied Pipers children’s theatre, 11-11:45 a.m., Heritage Auditorium

•      Harding family picnic and giant tailgate celebration, 11 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Ganus Activities Complex

•      Bison football vs. Southwestern Oklahoma State University, 2 p.m., First Security Stadium