I saw Crazy For You last week and absolutely loved it! I'm not usually a great fan of actor musician productions but this one is really inventive and the instruments were an integral part of the staging and added a lot to the production as a whole. I saw the Prince Edward production back in the day and liked this new one as much, albeit for different reasons. The new staging within the theatre they are trying to save is really effective and the performances and story really in focus. Tom Chambers is born to play the role and Charlotte Wakefield is feisty and fun as Polly. Caroline Flack is the weak link but doesn't get much stage time. The Gershwin songs are top notch - who could ask for anything more?!! Do give it a try as you may be pleasantly surprised. I certainly was!
I avoid actor / musician productions - cannot abide them. Not to say that occasionally they can work but for the most part they are just "cheap" and a way of charging musical theatre prices without an orchestra.
Again, lots of musical shows can be scaled down very successfully into a small space with a three piece band but others really need a BIG production because really that is all that there is to them. Crazy For You is one such show where it's all about the music and the dance. 42nd St would be another
I saw this at the Watermill and thought the actor/musician aspect worked well in the small space. I don't think it translated well at all to a larger venue and there were also other changes which sort of built the show around Tom Chambers. It's like. They'd done it for the Strictly fans but the Watermill version felt like a team effort. Caroline Sheen was excellent as Polly but I didn't really get on board with Charlotte Wakefield. I loved the West End production a few years ago (although I did have a couple of tiny reservations about Clare Foster as someone said above) but I spent. Out of the second half willing this to end. So disappointing after I took a friend based on my enjoyment of the Watermill performance.
Nearly booked to see this, but I saw a production at the Theatre Royal years ago which I loved so much I'm a bit reluctant to see another one so different. And after the disappointment of 'Sister Act' last year, I'm over the actor-musician shows. Glad I didn't book it now.