GOING CRAZY OVER MUSICAL
Herts Advertiser Review by John Manning
On the face of it "Crazy for you" is a fairly typical American musical from the 1930s with a tortuous plot and contrived jokes.
BUT the show is a collection of some of the finest songs by George Gershwin and his brother Ira put together around a completely new story which first saw the lights of Broadway only 22 years ago.
And, perhaps surprisingly, Harpenden Light Operatic Society, which is staging the show at the Public Halls this week, was one of the first amateur groups to stage the show in 2001.
This week's production, which opened on Monday, is full of colour, great dance routines and first class singers and actors.
Most of the action of Crazy for You takes place in a run-down town in Nevada where reluctant banker, Bobby Child and the new-found love of his life Polly Baker are trying to save the town's theatre from the bank's clutches.
Complications ensue after Bobby imports a collection of friendly showgirls and pretends to be established New York producer Bela Zangler.
Topping the bill are Pete Town as Bobby and Sarah Johnson as Polly who both thoroughly impressive performances. Both performers proved they have tremendous ability as dancers, singers and actors.
One of the memorable moments of the entire show is when Bela Zangler, superbly played by Carl Robinson, comes face to face with himself in the shape of Bobby. The ensuing drinking scene was one of the funniest I have seen for many years.
Also adding greatly to the overall success of the performance were Steve Hathaway as saloon keeper Lank Hawkins, Sarah Nasmyth-Miller as Bobby's would-be fiancé and Stephanie Gimblett and Louise Thonger as the eccentric English Fodor sisters.
Crazy for You has many excellent cameo parts by society regulars, well-rehearsed and presented dance routines choreographer by Fleur Baikie and a first class pit orchestra under Musical Director Beth Thomas. The overall direction was in the hands of Sam Gaines
The show runs until Saturday.
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