Review: Crazy For You (touring) Nottingham Theatre Royal.

Crazy For You by George and Ira Gershwin delights the Nottingham Theatre Royal audience and sends them home light of heart with a dance in their steps. Ken Ludwig’s comical book of the show entertains with gags old and new.

The Watermill Theatre Newbury touring production is rightly acclaimed featuring a stellar and triple threat cast and the lush upbeat and sometimes poignant songs ‘I Got Rhythm’, ‘Shall We Dance’, ‘They Can’t Take That Away From Me’, ‘Someone To Watch Over Me’, ‘Embraceable You’ and ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’. The whole ensemble not only act, dance and sing their hearts out but play musical instruments as well.

For a stage musical that looks at life in a down at heel, out in the desert plains Nevada theatre, within a rather nice historically rich theatre, namely Nottingham Theatre Royal, it works very well at presenting the hopes and dreams of entertainment folk trying to build something from nothing. Yet as the show unfolds we still get the glitz and glamour of showbiz with some terrific dancing, comedy and lavish costumes.

Tom Chambers as Bobby Child is like one of the old time, very skilful, song and dance stars of yesteryear come to life on stage right down to his clowning style and innate charm. This audience are with him the second he steps onto the stage. Caroline Flack fizzes as the tempestuous Irene Roth, a woman determined to get her man. But which one?

Charlotte Wakefield is a song and dance delight as Polly the country gal who loses her heart to two men but can’t decide which one is for her as there is something crazy going on in Nevada this evening and only true love will win out.

Each and every one of the multi- talented tap dancing cast put their whole selves and more into this musical extravaganza directed by Paul Hart with terrific high kicking choreography by Nathan Wright.

Diago Pitarch dazzles our senses with some super costumes especially those of the showgirls and his solid theatre set takes us from New York to a small town in the Nevada desert with ease.

This compliment has no doubt been said before but if you like your musical theatre romantic and genuinely comical at its old fashioned style best you would be totally crazy not to go and see Crazy For You at Nottingham Theatre Royal currently running Tue 3 – 7 October 2017.

Crazy For You Tour

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