Crazy for You is a musical like no other. Usually audience members expect the cast to act, sing and dance; this Broadway classic also expects them to play the musical accompaniments too.
Set in 1930s America, Crazy for You tells the story of an unlucky but lovable aspiring dancer, Bobby Child. Whilst the choreography of the openings songs, ‘K-ra-zy for You’ and ‘I Can’t Be Bothered Now’ appears disorganised, as the musical gets underway, its distinct charm and appeal becomes clear.
“As duos go, their relationship is reminiscent of the Two Ronnies.”
The upbeat and slapstick nature of the show has you laughing with joy at characters such as Bobby and Zangler. The rapport between the two characters is clear. Tom Chambers (Bobby) and Neil Ditt (Zangler) have a great onstage chemistry throughout the musical. As duos go, their relationship is reminiscent of the Two Ronnies. This is particularly pertinent during their rendition of the ‘What Causes That’ in Act Two, which is an immensely entertaining number. Crazy for You is an example of a production that has mastered synthesising all aspects of musical theatre, creating a piece bursting with comedy, talent and exceptional acting.
“From the moment the actress arrives on stage, you are unable to stop laughing at the sass.”
Another performer who deserves an astounding amount of praise is Charlotte Wakefield (Polly). Serving as Bobby’s love interest, Wakefield takes the character and makes it her own. From the moment the actress arrives on stage, you are unable to stop laughing at the sass her character displays towards Bobby. It is her rendition of ‘I Got Rhythm’, however, that is the focal point. Wakefield’s ability to bring the song to life through her dancing, facial expressions and acting is what makes you leave the end of Act One excited to see more.
Whilst the musical seems to channel shows such as Singin’ in the Rain, it is the use of musical instruments that makes Crazy for You unique. Seeing the cast play the accompanying instruments is not only impressive but also contributes to the feel-good spirit of the show, sending ripples of energy through the auditorium.
Overall, Crazy for You is a phenomenal piece of theatre. Whilst the plot is nothing spectacular, the execution of the musical is remarkable. It is a show that makes the most of the talent on offer and ensures the audience leave feeling as ecstatic and energetic as the cast.