Crazy for You: Gershwin Musical from Broadway by the Bay
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Terrific first act, especially the dancing, but all parts were well executed. Unfortunately, the plot (though not the staging or costumes) fizzles badly early in the second act and the balance of the songs are just ornamental. Since the pieces are highly stylized, and therefore predicable, and not really exquisite musically -- like, for example, opera -- it really helps to have a feasible plot to keep our attention. Otherwise, we are kind of waiting for it to end...speaking of which, great finale.
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“Riotously entertaining… reclaims the Gershwins’ standards, in all their glorious youth, for the dynamisms of the stage.” -_The New York Times _
“Heading up the stunning cast are Steve Perez as Bobby and Melissa WolfKlain as Polly, and both deserve a double thumbs-up here.”-_ Pacifica Tribune_
“Who needs broadway in New York when we have Broadway By the Bay? I’m Crazy for Crazy For You!” —_San Mateo Daily Journal _
Crazy for You is the story of Bobby Child, a well-to-do 1930’s playboy, whose dream in life is to dance. This high energy comedy includes mistaken identity, plot twists, and fabulous dance numbers. A three time Tony Award winner, the N.Y. Times critic Frank Rich hailed Crazy for You for “some of the greatest songs ever written” including “I Got Rhythm,” “They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” “Nice Work if You Can Get it,” “Embraceable You,” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.”
About the Ticket Supplier: Broadway By The BayBroadway By The Bay, the largest theatre company on the Peninsula, has won numerous awards, including over 45 Theatre Critics Circle Awards, and has garnered acclaim throughout the San Francisco Bay Area as a destination for professional-quality musical theatre. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Brooke Knight and Executive Director Jim Gardia, Broadway By The Bay produces three full-scale musicals and one intimate composer/lyricist series each season.
Lauded for its efforts in education, Broadway By the Bay's Youth Theatre Conservatory - for ages 4-17 - gives younger students solid foundations in acting, singing, and dancing for the musical theatre. For those 18 and over, the Musical Theatre Conservatory offers professional classes to adults of all ages. Students aspiring to achieve a professional level of performance skills are taught by instructors who have excelled in their specialties. Musical Theatre Conservatory's intensive summer program is offered in conjunction with Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont.