Crazy For You

Date 19th March 2016
Society CODY Musical Theatre Company
Venue Princes Hall Theatre Aldershot
Type of Production Musical
Director Gary Oxenham Asst Director Sophie Fryer
Musical Director Graham Hix
Choreographer Lisa Fletcher

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Author: Mrs Betty Haslam

Crazy For You directed by Gary Oxenham is a great tap dancing show with memorable songs by George and Ira Gershwin.

Bela Zangler (Nigel Morley) playing the role of the producer of the Zangler Follies is forever making advances towards the ladies, Bobby Child (RobTickner) auditioned for  Zangler failed to impress with his application, both played the roles well. Zangler and Bobby (dressed as Zangler) acted out a complicated cameo consisting of hilarious movement and copious amounts of drink, well done. The three cowboys, Mingo, Moose and Sam (Ron Walker, Tim Canfield and Chris Boorman) were very entertaining.  Outside, Bobby is meeting his mother Lottie Child (Giga Phillips) who insists he goes to Deadrock to foreclose on a rundown theatre. Everett Baker played well by Haydn Thomas, stubbornly refusing to allow the theatre to be sold informs his daughter Polly, well played by Kelly Gates, of the impending closure. Polly vows to get even with Bobby. Subsequently meeting Polly, Bobby falls madly in love and decides to put on a show to save the theatre. After a lot of misunderstandings all’s well that ends well.  Bobby and Polly make up and it ends with the two being united.  

The back drop of Art Deco scenery completed this very entertaining musical, lots of well know songs and very dynamic dance routines, the entire ensemble contributed to a very enjoyable evening.

Graham Hix and his orchestra played this Gershwin music well and with great sensitivity when required.

Lisa Fletcher brought out the best in the many routines and the audience were delighted with the result

Stage manager Mike Davall and his back stage crew competently managed the many changes, Stuart Armes Lighting design, Melvyn Fryer Lighting director, and sound director Richard Bradford gave excellent support.

Very well done, Cody.