A new production of CRAZY FOR YOU has opened at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury, and the critics are K-ra-zy over it!
The Watermill, a 220-seat theater housed in a converted water mill in rural West Berkshire, is one of the UK’s most successful regional producing theatres, producing award-winning work that has been recognized throughout the UK and abroad.
For this production of CRAZY FOR YOU, director Paul Hart has pared the cast down to a mere 14 actors, each of whom doubles as an orchestra musician. Strictly Come Dancing winner Tom Chambers and West End star Caroline Sheen lead the cast as big-city playboy Bobby Childs and small-town girl Polly Baker. Featuring a raucous book by Ken Ludwig and glorious songs by George and Ira Gershwin, the show will continue to charm Watermill Theatre audiences through September 17th.
Here’s what the critics had to say:
The Times: 4 stars
“The production is a delight — as silly yet smart a catch-all for a swell bunch of songs as you could wish for… The script is a bright and breezy amalgamation of self-aware corn and wisecracks…
“This bustling production is by and large huge fun, put across with consistently inventive panache. Who could ask for anything more?”
The Stage: 5 stars
“CRAZY FOR YOU has always been a giddy delight, awash with glorious songs, sublime silliness and spectacular dancing. But Newbury’s Watermill Theatre now releases something else: the true spirit of putting a show on in an out-of-the-way barn that is itself about putting a show on in an out-of-the-way barn.
“This entirely irresistible, irrepressible and inventive production… bursts with a crazy, lovable spirit.
“The superb, versatile company is stunningly led by Tom Chambers, dancing up a storm, of course, and Caroline Sheen producing gorgeous renditions of these Gershwin standards.”
What’s On Stage: 4 stars
“A crazy summer cocktail that sends you home on a high. Everyone onstage can do it all and the audience loves them for it.”
Congratulations to the cast and crew of CRAZY FOR YOU!
For tickets to CRAZY FOR YOU at the Watermill Theatre, visit watermill.org.uk.
CRAZY FOR YOU is licensed exclusively through Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.
And for elementary- and middle-school aged actors, Tams-Witmark proudly offers CRAZY FOR YOU: Young Performers’ Edition!
All photos by Richard Davenport, courtesy of The Watermill Theatre