Crazy For You is currently playing at the New Wimbledon Theatre from 6th – 10th March. This highly acclaimed musical has received great reviews for both the high energy of performances throughout and the superbly talented actor-musician cast.
Tom Chambers of ‘Strictly’ fame plays the role of Bobby Child, a New York dancer whose wealthy family have great expectations for him. The storyline sees us heading to Deadrock, Nevada where he is tasked with closing a failing theatre. He meets Polly, played by Charlotte Wakefield, a passionate and head strong daughter of the theatres owner and they want to put on a show to stop the theatre from closing.
We follow Bobby and Polly as they get to work, which result in their feelings for one another, mistaken identities and some unexpected fights along the way! Having seen several actor-musician productions before, I have always enjoyed seeing the cast being involved with every aspect on the show. However the Crazy For You cast take this to a new level – the majority of the cast play numerous instruments throughout the show, including choreography with their instruments – great work!
If you enjoy shows with high energy, a humourous love interest and lots of comedy – this is the show for you. From my observations from the audience, the show attracts both the younger and older generations. The show features plenty of hits including ‘They Can’t Take That Away From Me’, ‘Embraceable You’ and ‘I Got Rhythm’. Both generations enjoyed the comedic timing throughout which includes many one-liners and provided us lots of laughs throughout.
Claire Sweeney also stars in the show as Irene, Bobby’s fiancé and whilst her stage time is somewhat limited, her presence was always suitably felt on stage and she was incredibly convincing in her solo of ‘Naughty Baby’.
From my own perspective I found Tom Chambers a little too ‘clean’ at times and would have preferred a grittier performance for the character of Bobby. His dancing was good, albeit I don’t consider the tap dancing has come naturally to him despite his previous work including Strictly Come Dancing and Top Hat.
It’s a fabulous show which deserves its continued success and reviews it receives. The show plays at the New Wimbledon Theatre until 10th March before continuing with the remainder of its UK tour. Further information about the show can be found here.