In their latest touring production, Ken Ludwig’s musical comedy, Crazy For You, Paul Hart and the Watermill Theatre have enhanced a much-loved classic with flights of fanciful footwork and an electric cast of actor-musicians.
There’s a lot to enjoy in this production of Crazy for You which brings a great deal of talent to the stage and shows it off well. It’s just that it gets caught up in the fiddly bits of the story when bigger, bolder strokes could serve the plot better.
Jamie Wilson and Gavin Kalin are delighted to announce that Claire Sweeney will take over the role of ‘Irene’ in the national tour of the Watermill Theatre’s acclaimed production of Crazy For You. Claire joins Tom Chambers who plays ‘Bobby’ and Charlotte Wakefield who plays ‘Polly’ from 16 January 2018 at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury.
The tale of murder, deception and glamour is played out against the backdrop of Cook County Jail, where dazzling black costumes and stage lights replace orange jumpsuits and jail bars. The media’s morbid fascination with some of its more attractive criminals enables Roxie and Velma to engineer a route to a new life of celebrity.
David Ian, producer of the international award-winning musical CHICAGO, has announced that one of Britain’s most-loved soap stars, Jessie Wallace, will play the role of ‘Mama Morton’.
Murderously merry: The musical Chicago is based on a Twenties stage show of the same name, but it’s skewering of ‘celebrity criminals’ makes its story as relevant today as ever it was. Mind, audiences don’t come for relevancy, they come for the songs of Kander & Ebb, the choreography of Bob Fosse and the star performances.
I’ve seen many productions of Chicago, own the DVD of the infamous 2002 film and even pleaded “not guilty” in a production myself. So to say I was excited to see this tour hit my local theatre would be an understatement.