Fresh from her triumph with last season’s hit musical, Fiddler on the Roof, acclaimed director and choreographer Donna Feore returns for her 20th Stratford Festival season with an exciting new production of Crazy for You specially conceived for the Festival Theatre’s thrust stage. The new Gershwin musical began previews on Monday, April 21, marking the first performance of the 2014 season.
Feore, the force behind a growing list of hit musicals at the Festival, including You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Oklahoma! and Oliver!, has taken a completely fresh approach to Crazy for You, creating an entirely new production with its own unique staging and choreography. The show boasts more than 14 spectacular song-and-dance numbers featuring a broad range of styles, including jazz, Charleston, lindy hop, cancan and even the early stages of jitterbug.
“Not a single day has passed since I began work on the show that I have not heard something new in Gershwin’s extraordinary music,” says Feore. “The complexity of his score inspired me to explore equally demanding styles of dance. I’ve based the choreography on the most exhilarating dance styles of the period. Gershwin loved hanging out at the Savoy Ballroom in the late twenties, and I’m certain that while there he was dazzled by the Charleston and the original swing dance – the lindy hop – a dance that was hot, wild and not a little dangerous.”
Crazy for You tells the story of Bobby Child who is sent to Deadrock, Nevada, to foreclose on a derelict theatre but unexpectedly falls for its owner’s daughter, Polly Baker. The high-energy comedy and romance are further elevated by the dazzling score packed with beloved Gershwin songs, including “I Got Rhythm,” “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.”
Celebrating the joyous insanity of the bumpy road to love, Crazy for You is a lighthearted choice within the season’s overall theme of “Madness: Minds Pushed to the Edge.”