Book – Crazy For You
Author – George and Ira Gershwin (music and lyrics) Ken Ludwig (book)
Year – 1991
Genre – Play
Pages – 124
Following on from the barnstorming success of DAODS production of Guys and Dolls the week before last, our next show at the Orchard Theatre is Crazy For You. Whenever we start a new show or play, I always try and make a point of reading the source of the show (nearly every musical is based on something else – saves these musical types from thinking of anything new). However, as a compilation of Gershwin songs, Crazy For You doesn’t have a specific source material, and so I decided to go ahead and read the show itself.
The basic plot outline is this – Bobby wants to be a dancer, but the greatest theatre producer around, Zangler, will not give him a shot, and thus he is left working for his wealthy mother’s bank. She sends him on an errand to Deadrock, Nevada, to repossess a theatre there, and he falls in love with the owner’s daughter, Polly. However, when she finds out who he is, she slaps him and so he plots a crazy scheme to win her heart by pretending to be Zangler. This, obviously, doesn’t run smoothly. But will he save the day, protect the theatre, and win the girl. Well, I’m not telling you, but just a little reminder that this is a musical theatre show. I am sure you could have a good guess.
It’s pretty tough to review a show – particularly one that you are auditioning for tomorrow (!) – simply by reading it. The bulk of the show is made up of songs, and only really by watching what is going on can you get a good appreciation of the show. However, this script has a lot going for it. It reads well, and you can tell that it will translate onto the stage very nicely. There are a few nice laughs in it – although obviously musical theatre-y laughs – and I think that as a show it is going to be a lot of fun.
Obviously, this review means nothing really though. As a great man one said – probably a baker – ‘the proof is in the pudding’. In this case, it means, ‘come and see the show’. So, come and see the show. It’ll be wicked. Unless I fail my audition tomorrow and don’t get in. Then it’ll probably be rubbish.
(For all of you picture fans out there, it’ll be here when someone puts the flier for the show up)