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"Crazy' choreographer is making a splash

Word on the street is that she's the next Michael Bennett. So no matter what the reviews say about Crazy for You, the new Gershwin musical at the Shubert Theater, its choreographer, Susan Stroman, is a hit _ at least among producers and directors in the theater. Enough have seen the musical _ along with her work in And the World Goes 'Round, the Kander and Ebb revue Off Broadway _ to have offered her jobs to last through the next year. Ms. Stroman will choreograph Carnegie Hall's tribute to Stephen Sondheim in April, and Harold Prince's revival of Showboat in Toronto next spring. In between, she has become Neil Simon's first choice to choreograph the musical-comedy version of his movie The Goodbye Girl, to be directed by Gene Saks, with music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by David Zippel. Rehearsals are scheduled to begin in November for a Broadway opening next winter.

"Sight Unseen' to move to the Orpheum

Manhattan Theater Club is on a roll. Its Stage II production of Donald Margulies's Sight Unseen, already extended through March, will transfer to the Orpheum Theater on March 26 for an open-ended run. The play, about a Jewish American artist who visits his old girlfriend and her husband in London, received unanimously favorable reviews and will move with its original cast intact _ Deborah Hedwall, Dennis Boutsikaris, Laura Linney and Jon De Vries.

_ N.Y. Times News Service

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