Crazy for You

4
Wed, 11th Oct 17
Touring show seen in Bristol

Crazy For You reviewIn the opening minutes, backstage at Zangler's Theatre in New York, Bobby Child (Tom Chambers) literally bursts on stage setting the bar for a high energy production that doesn't fail to deliver.

Overall, a great ensemble piece which takes an inventive and spirited approach to this light-hearted Gershwin musical. Packed with memorable musical numbers, tap dancing and mistaken identity, it traces the fate of a theatre (and beleaguered residents) in Dead Rock Nevada as the bank sends Bobby to foreclose on the mortgage.

As you'd expect from a UK touring production, staging is insightful; great use is made of the set and props to add interest and variety to some of the bigger musical numbers. Innovative choreography gives a new slant to some of the most well-known numbers, particularly I've Got Rhythm and Stiff Upper Lip. The ensemble of multi-talented on-stage musicians, certainly adds to an overwhelming sense of fun and energy.

Chambers manages to maintain irrepressible energy throughout, giving a fine performance punctuated with some superb moments of physical comedy. For me, the duet with Zangler in Act 2 was a particular highlight. While Charlotte Wakefield gives a stand-out performance as Polly Baker with a superb vocal performance and great characterisation.

What it lacks in glamour it makes up for in enthusiasm, commitment and vitality. A delightful production and enjoyable evening that will leave you humming and tapping your way home!


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