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Previewed 8 October 2011, Opened 17 October 2011, Closed 17 March 2012 at the Novello Theatre in London
A major revival of the Gershwin musical Crazy For You in London directed by Timothy Sheader with choreography by Stephen Mear.
George and Ira Gershwin's hit musical comedy is packed full of classic songs including I Got Rhythm; Someone To Watch Over Me; Embraceable You; and Nice Work If You Can Get It. The original 1993 London West End production enjoyed a three year run at the Prince Edward Theatre, winning the Olivier Award for 'Best New Musical'.
The cast for Crazy For You in London features Sean Palmer as 'Bobby Child' and Clare Foster as 'Polly Baker' with David Burt, Kim Medcalf, Michael McKell, Harriet Thorpe, Samuel Holmes, Sidney Livingstone, Amy Ellen Richardson and Rachel Stanley. Music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin with book by Ken Ludwig and co-conception by Ken Ludwig and Mike Ockrent, inspired by material by Guy Bolton and John McGowan and with original Broadway and West End choreography by Susan Stroman. Directed by Timothy Sheader with choreography by Stephen Mear, designs by Peter McKintosh, lighting by Tim Mitchell and sound by Mike Walker. This production transfers to the West End following a critically acclaimed summer season at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park during August and September 2011. The Gershwin's musicals include An American in Paris, Lady, Be Good!, Porgy and Bess, and Hershey Felder's compilation show George Gershwin Alone.
"One of the joys of this glorious show is that it never takes itself too seriously. With its daft plot, corny jokes and cast of squealing chorus girls and hunky cowboys, it walks the narrow line between homage and spoof - and Timothy Sheader's excellent staging pitches it perfectly. His wittily detailed revival originated in Regent Park's Open Air Theatre this summer; now it shifts indoors, but loses none of its sunny disposition... The show is carried on a tide of unforgettable Gershwin hits and delivered with irresistible mischief, charm and energy... This is an exuberant ensemble show and the Stephen Mear's endlessly inventive dance routines (honouring Susan Stroman's original choreography) sweep it along." The Financial Times
"Feel-good is certainly the name of this outrageously entertaining revival, directed by Timothy Sheader and first seen at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park in July... Stephen Mear's new choreography, based on Susan Stroman's 1992 original, brims with humour and ingenuity... Sean Palmer is a romantic and appealing Bobby, his handsome voice and enthusiastic charms carrying the show's emotional weight. Clare Foster's Polly is as rough and ready as Calamity Jane - as the only girl in town she has to be... Peter McKintosh's rolling sets are imaginative and practical... The band, with Gareth Valentine at the helm, is crisp and contagiously buoyant. In the end the show's relentless optimism and simple message - dancing makes you happy! - prove absolutely irresistible." The Times
"Ken Ludwig's 1992 makeover of George and Ira Gershwin's 1930 musical Girl Crazy, which blithely gathers in Gershwin songs from all over the place, contains not only 'I Got Rhythm' but 'Embraceable You'. Its most captivating moments are choreographic. Stephen Mear's skilful peak comes with 'Slap That Bass', in which scattered talents slowly build into a one-beat ensemble, but there are continual mini-peaks throughout the evening... There's the trio of cowboys who come on bearing a huge plastic cactus and wheeze out lines about laziness with a sublime ease. There's the immense bad girl number and the swooning good girl song. Hard not to be crazy for it." The Observer
"Beautifully choreographed by Stephen Mear and directed with aplomb by Timothy Sheader, this production is a glorious blaze of colour and exuberance. There is more than a touch of Hollywood to Sean Palmer, who plays Bobby Child, an indefatigably optimistic soul who decides to put on a show in a Nevada ghost town by impersonating a famous impresario. His love interest is Polly (played with endearing kookiness by Clare Foster), who falls for his alter ego rather than him. It is preposterous stuff, but there's enough sassy, wisecracking Jewish humour between such great numbers as 'They Can't Take That Away from Me', 'I Got Rhythm' and 'Someone to Watch Over Me' to make for an irresistible confection." The Sunday Telegraph
Crazy For You in London at the Novello Theatre previewed from 8 October 2011, opened on 17 October 2011 and closed on 17 March 2012 - was booking up to 28 July 2012.