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Crazy for You
January 30th - February 3rd
High energy, high kicking and gloriously glamorous, the acclaimed Watermill Theatre production of Crazy for You is the ultimate feel-good musical. Strictly Come Dancing winner Tom Chambers and West End & TV star Claire Sweeney appear in this multi-award winning, romantic comedy, with Charlotte Wakefield as ‘Polly’ (Sound of Music, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) it features a fabulous score from the Gershwin brothers’ songbook.
Crazy For You charts the troubled love story of Bobby, son of a wealthy New York banking family and frustrated Broadway hoofer, and Polly, daughter of the proprietor of a failing theatre in Deadrock, Nevada. Sent to close the theatre down, Bobby falls for Polly and, in the guise of a Hungarian impresario, decides to save the theatre by putting on a show.
Mistaken identities, heartbreak, happiness and a wealth of memorable tunes, including I Got Rhythm, They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Nice Work If You Can Get It and Embraceable You all feature in this exhilarating celebration of the great Broadway musicals.
★★★★★ ‘Irresistible, irrepressible and inventive, bursts with a crazy, lovable spirit.’ Mark Shenton, The Stage
★★★★ ‘The production is a delight — as silly yet smart a catch-all for a swell bunch of songs as you could wish for.’ The Times
★★★★ ‘Sends you home on a high. Strictly’s Tom Chambers’ Bobby doesn’t just dance up a storm and sing – he’s a fine physical comedian.’ WhatsOnStage
Ticket price includes a £1 contribution to our heritage fund.
Crazy for You
It's back to the (almost) Wild West in Malvern this week as the music of George and Ira Gershwin fills the stage courtesy of the musical Crazy For You. Starring long-serving musicals stalwart Tom Chambers as Bobby Child and, in her third week in the role, Claire Sweeney as Irene Roth, this tale of mis-matched lovers moves back and forth from New York City to Dead Rock in Nevada, a place where few live, fewer care to visit and life is slower than slow. But it does give a chance for the townsfolk to reluctantly rediscover its former Theater, which is due to be reclaimed by the finance company. And there is a company of dancers ready to perform there under the control of impresario Bela Zangler (Neil Ditt), except that he knows nothing about this even though he is apparently with them on stage…
Not everyone is convinced that it will be a success, including Polly Baker (Charlotte Wakefield) who decides to throw in the towel after the first show gets a potential audience of just two people. In fact, Polly is more than just a bystander here as the love lives of the main characters begin to get more complicated due to the deception, albeit well-intended, being carried out here.
This is a show which is truly an ensemble piece and, as such, depends on all on stage playing their roles really well. Virtually everyone is expected to be musician/dancer/actor/singer (and all the musicians were also understudies for other roles in the show so plenty for them to learn, just in case…) and it is a real treat to see this all coming together so well and bring to life well-known songs such as Someone to watch over me, Nice work if you can get it, They can't take that away from me and the stunning piece which ended the first act, I got rhythm (never have so many drumsticks been thrown around the stage - and all actually caught as intended!). With the orchestra effectively on stage at all times, it did lead to the slightly surreal sight of the conductor being visible in a small monitor at the top of the stage in the wings!
Lively, colourful, with a bit of panto too (when the deceit involving the "two" Zanglers reveals itself), some clever special effects, excellent high-kicking dance routines, glamorous costumes and a cast who, like the audience, were obviously enjoying themselves and making the most of the Gershwins' fabulous songs - all working together to make this an evening to thoroughly enjoy.
And, like all the best musicals, it has a happy ending too!
One of the best shows I have had the opportunity to see. Everyone one in the cast could sing dance and play an instrument. A whole orchestra on stage. The humour throughout was delightful. I could watch it again and again.