Crazy For You
Studio 1’s vocals and dances prove ‘Crazy for You’ is Timeless
By Charity Apple / Times-News
Posted Apr. 30, 2015 at 12:01 AM
While Studio 1 is known for experimenting with new ways of thinking when it comes to performances, its latest production, “Crazy For You,” is a timeless musical that will have you singing “I Got Rhythm” hours after it’s ended.
The Broadway musical requires performers with not only sharp acting skills, but strong vocals and dancing ability, and Studio 1’s production doesn’t disappoint.
There were moments when Linnea Bethany, as Polly Baker, was so spellbinding that the audience on Tuesday night sat with their mouths agape as Bethany’s vocal gymnastics filled the room.
Equally as entertaining is Darren Fuller as Bobby Child. His tap-dancing and vocal ability is incredible.
Glen Bounds (Bela Zangler), S. Elizabeth Carroll (Irene) and Joel Leonard (Lank) are the much-needed comic relief with great vocals, as well.
This could be one of the largest casts Studio 1 has assembled on its intimate theater stage, but no one gets lost in the shuffle. The ensemble performers put their mark on the production as well through amazing vocals and fast-paced dance moves.
Studio 1 adds its own spin to the beloved Gershwin show with high-energy choreography by Alison Presley and Rebecca Brinkley and memorable scenes with old telephones and snazzy costumes designed by Casey Kern. Dale Johnson’s set design, a Nevada desert, is eye-catching as well.
Although it is set in the 1930s, “Crazy For You” is still as relevant in 2015 as it was in 1992 when it won a Tony Award for Best Musical. It’s a story of determination and love.
The romantic comedy does have a few four-letter words and some sexual innuendoes, so it may not be best for young children.
The songs are so memorable — from “Embraceable You” to “Someone To Watch Over Me” — that you’ll be humming along not only during the show, but afterward as well.