BMTC – Crazy for You – Review

Crazy for You

Burton Musical Theatre Company

What do you want from a musical?

Lots of dancing?

Songs you know and love?

Snappy one liners peppering the dialogue?

Performers that throw themselves into it?

All this and more is waiting for you in the latest show brought to the stage by Burton Musical Theatre Company.

I can’t remember a show that has left me feeling so happy at the end (in a very good way) for a long time.

 

Crazy for You is a romantic comedy musical with a book by Ken Ludwig, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, and music by George Gershwin. Billed as ‘The New Gershwin Musical Comedy’, it is largely based on the songwriting team’s 1930 musical, Girl Crazy but brings in songs from other productions. Crazy for You won the 1992 Tony Award for Best Musical.

From the quick-fire dialogue at the start to the final curtain you are entertained every step of the way, and believe me there are loads of steps.The orchestra, conducted by musical director David Blackwell, led the way with an overture that demonstrated both their talents and the number of familiar tunes in the show.

Lee Smith shone as Bobby Child – who rarely leaves the stage – with a performance of class and energy which gave him ample opportunity to show off his athleticism and tap dancing skills.

Opposite him, as Polly Baker, was Lauren Brown who sang one of the best versions of Someone to Watch Over Me, I have heard on stage. I think the rest of the audience agreed with me given the applause she recieved at the end of the number.

Choreography by Danielle Harris was lively and made great use of the stage. Not only was there oodles of tap dancing (you know I love a bit of tap) they also had a routine where they played trays.

A highlight of the show is the second number in act two where OJ Wright, who plays Bela Zangler, and Lee Morris, disguised as Zangler, drunkenly meet face to face for the number What Causes That?

It is played with classic comedy timing reminiscent of a Bugs Bunny cartoon.

Karen Hambleton as Irene Roth, Bobby’s erstwhile fiancee, and Angela Wynne, as Lottie Child, spark each other off with some pithy put downs each time they meet and there are solid performances from the supporting cast.

Directed by Steven Foster with Gershwin songs performed wonderfully, routines executed immaculately, and an audience that thoroughly enjoyed themselves it made for a great evening of musical theatre.

Crazy for You is running all week (25th -29th Oct) at the de Ferrers Academy’s Harehedge Lane campus, in Horninglow, with shows starting at 7.30pm every night and a matinee at 2.30pm on Saturday.

Tickets are available by calling 01283 541552 or online from tickets@burtonmusicaltheatre.co.uk

Bill Pritchard.

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