Review: Crazy For You - Novello Theatre London

Matinee performance - 19th November 2011

Crazy For You is a musical full of all those Gershwin songs that you may have sung or heard but are not sure where they have actually come from. The more popular numbers include the toe-tapping 'I Got Rhythm', 'Someone To Watch Over Me' and 'The Real American Folk Song'. Having completed a very successful run at the Open Air Theatre in Regents Park, it has transferred to the Novello along with a revolving stage and two versatile pieces of scenery.

Set between the two locations of Broadway and Deadwood Nevada, Crazy For You is a story of showbiz, love and mistaken identity, complete with sequins and stetsons.

Sean Palmer performed his role as Bobby Child with strength and charm. His voice glided through the solo numbers and provided equal gusto in the more comic performances such as 'What Causes That?'. With clever choreography and timing, this was one of the highlights of the show.

Clare Foster as Deadwood's only female PollyBaker reminded me of Jessie from 'Toy Story' with her broad accent and tomboy ways. Her dancing was particularly strong and effortless and a promising voice displayed its true potential in 'Someone to Watch Over Me' and 'But Not For Me'.

Supporting roles were equally as strong with a special mention to the male ensemble of, sometimes dopey, cowboys and Kim Medcalf in her haughty (and naughty) role as Irene Roth.

I highly recommend Crazy For You if you fancy a night of toe-tapping fabulousness, memorable melodies and clever choreography. Go see it at the Novello before it dances out of the west-end!

Review by Philippa Bellis