New York City actor comes home to Music Circus productions

Luke Hawkins is from Folsom
By: Carol Feineman News Messenger Editor
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Know and Go: What: Music Circus presents “Crazy for You” When: Tuesday through Sept. 2 only. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday and Saturday Where: Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H St., Sacramento Tickets: $30-$70 Information: 557-1999, online at or at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office. By Carol Feineman News Messenger Editor Not every actor can perform in his hometown. Luckily for New York City-based Luke Hawkins, a Folsom High School graduate, that’s not the case. “Crazy for You,” which opens Tuesday, marks the fourth Music Circus production Hawkins is in this summer. Since June, he has appeared at the Sacramento venue in “Little Mermaid,” “Music Man,” “Fiddler on the Roof” and, by Tuesday, as cowboy Wyatt Earp in” Crazy for You.” Hawkins’ favorite part of “Crazy for You” is “just the singing and dancing, really fun songs, great music.” The 20-plus songs in the musical comedy are by Ira and George Gershwin and include “I Got Rhythm,” “Someone to Watch Over Me” “Embraceable You,” “Shall We Dance?” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me”and “Nice Work” And that’s the music Hawkins. 27, appreciates. “ A lot of people, I’m going to sound like an old man but a lot of kids these days know when Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber’s albums are coming out but they don’t know the early American songwriters. That’s kind of a bummer. It’s such great music, it’s so good.” It’s not surprising, considering that Hawkins “grew up at my mom’s (Deirdre Hawkins) studio,” which is Hawkins School of Performing Arts in Folsom. He took tap dancing for 20 years, starting at age 7. After graduating from Boston Conservatory, Hawkins moved to New York City. Hawkins has been a fan of “Crazy for You” since he saw it as a 13-year-old in 1999 “and grew up listening to the soundtrack.” “I totally always loved the show. I was raised in this; my mom always played musicals,” Hawkins said. And just as Hawkins enjoyed the musical as a teenager, he said all ages today will like “Crazy for You.” “Definitely. It’s slapstick, funny, the music’s happy,” Hawkins said. “It was done on Broadway in the ’90s. The story takes place in Nevada about a guy who works for a bank that goes to take over a theater but he ends up saving a theater by putting a show on.” Plus the musical features tap dancing and big dance numbers. The Broadway production, which opened in 1992, won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Choreography as well as Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Choreography. This will be the third Music Circus production of the show. “Crazy for You” is the final show of the 62nd Music Circus season. For more information, visit