Theatre Mirror Reviews - "Crazy for You"

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OLD FASHIONED MERRIMENT
at North Shore Music Theatre

By Beverly Creasey

CRAZY FOR YOU is called “The New Gershwin Musical” because it uses the best songs Ira and George ever wrote, although Ken Ludwig’s savvy book for the musical came fifty years later. Ludwig’s sappy, silly, adorable story revolves (It’s theater in the round at North Shore!) around a dancer with dreams of Broadway, whose mother makes him become a banker. Naturally he’ll have to foreclose on someone and SURPRISE, surprise, it’s a spunky cowgirl whose dad owns a theater. Faster than you can say “Hey, kids. Let’s put on a show,” they’re raising the money to save the property.

North Shore has to make do with little or no scenery so everyone can see. As a rule, they’re inventive enough so you don’t miss the sets. With CRAZY FOR YOU, they can get away with no Great White Way while the scene is New York City but when the tapping banker gets to Nevada, that’s another story. The Broadway tour and the Reagle Players productions made hay in the big “I’ve Got Rhythm” number by tapping on roofs and gates and all manner of metal farm implements but North Shore can’t do that and I, for one, missed it.

North Shore has a spitfire cowgirl in Amanda Watkins and a sensational match for her in Jeffry Denman. NSMT regular David Coffee is hilarious as the Flo Ziegfeld mogul, making the mirror scene with Denman alone worth the visit. Alas, the secondary love story falls flat. We never see the sparks which could draw the nasty saloon keeper to the disagreeable ex-fiancée.

Richard Stafford keeps the action zipping along and those songs --— Well, who could ask for anything more?

"Crazy for You" (24 April - 13 May)
NORTH SHORE MUSIC THEATRE
62 Dunham Road, BEVERLY MA
1 (978) 232-7200

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