I had an enjoyable time watching this Broadway classic hit at the old Vogue Theatre at Granville Street. Although the stage appeared too small for this type of musical, the singing and dancing made up for it.
In this day and age, it's nice to know that there is still the elegance and lavishness of Broadway musicals, a take-off from the Ziegfield follies.
Gershwin's compositions "Someone to watch over me", "Embraceable You", "I Got Rhythm", and "They can't Take That Away From Me", all popularized later on by Frank Sinatra and other pop stars of the 50s, brought back that feeling of nostalgia, particularly for the more mature audience members.
The tap dance routines were fun to watch. Noah Racey and Meredith Patterson did a perfect imitation of the Fred Astaire-Giner Rogers duo. Racey's Charlie Chaplin slapstick was also funny. The creative choreography of Deanna Dys was truly remarkable and entertaining.
This musical's libretto written by Ken Ludwig and Mike Ockrent was a revival of George and Ira Gershwin's 1930 musical "Girl Crazy". They two songs from this original production and incorporated other Gershwin hits to come up with "Crazy For You". The show ran successfully from October 1-November 3 mostly to full houses.--EF