I saw this last night, sadly I think my review is 'wild indifference'. There's nothing particularly wrong with it, but there's nothing particularly great about it either.
Actual negatives I could tease out: the actor-musician element is nice, but it limits the dancing (and space on stage even in the WMC) and personally I think this is a piece that would benefit from some bigger dance routines- espcially having cast the Strictly folks. In that respect it never really takes off. The actor-musicians also mean it's a bit of a muted sound in what could be some really big numbers.
Performances: Sorry to say Caroline Flack isn't great and I was rooting for her, in fairness it's the first week and I think with time she'll grow into it, it's not a big part or a difficult one so I think she needs time to settle it all feelt a bit stilted. Chambers is great, he does a good line in slapstick and has some good comic timing in general, as well as being a charming leading man and good singer. The enesemble are a great bunch who work really hard and pull off some excellent comedy too.
The music is, as expected great, but let down a bit by the slightly muted sound of the smaller orchestra.
Dancing is...not as good as I'd have hoped. A few good routines from Chambers but I'd have liked more- and a more variety than his tap routines and one ballroom ish bit.
It was a nice enough evening out, and as I say there's nothing actually bad about it just nothing to make it stand out as a really great show.
These were my fears, i loved the original production of crazy for you but after being disappointed by the regents park production i was holding off on this one. For me its a show thats pure broadway glitz and glam, needs a decent orchestra, big production numbers and not be limited by a small set/space
I will say that this is it's first week and I feel like once the actors grow into their parts a bit/settle into the show it'll all be much slicker and therefore all the better for it. There really is nothing intrinsically bad about it and I'd still recomend it to particularly the casusal musical theatre lover as a nice night out.
I absolutley loved this production last year at The Watermill. It was theatrical perfection. I'm sad that it hasn't made the transition to a proscenium arch show. I'm also very confused by the "star" casting of Caroline Flack in a small supporting role, yet given billing over the girl playing Polly. The audience must be very confused. A friend was disappointed by it in Plymouth three weeks ago, so it's not as fresh as emicardiff seems to think. But hopefully things will improve.
I really didn't like this in Plymouth either (which I'm pretty sure was the first location of the tour). I'd really wanted to see it at the Watermill but timings didn't work out so I was looking forward to seeing this on tour. I saw a review that said it leaves you smiling. The day after watching it my sister said "Hey, I'm smiling because I'm so happy I'm not at the theatre having to watch "Crazy for You" any more!". We both thought it hadn't been worth the trip to the theatre for us.
I also agree that the dancing wasn't great. Made me wonder why I loved Tom Chambers in Top Hat. I think I'm going to have to avoid these actor musician type productions. I found the instruments really distracting especially during the dances. It reminded me of the line in 42nd Street about the musicians being in the pit for a reason. Obviously a very different reason but it really made me wish there was an orchestra in the pit. I do think that it's nice they can find such talented performers who can also play instruments but it's not my cup of tea. Then there was the standard let's make our lead play an instrument briefly just like there was when I saw Singing in the Rain in Salisbury.
The slapstick comedy bit was in my opinion painful to watch and dragged on for what seemed like forever. It's not often that I wish a musical would end but that was one of those moments.