Alhambra’s Crazy For You

March 26, 2013
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Music, dance, and rollicking fun await you in the Alhambra’s Crazy For You which will be onstage through May 5, at 12000 Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville. Call (904) 641-1212 for reservations.

Crazy For You debuted in 1992 and won the Tony for Best Musical. The Alhambra’s production is an energetic fast-paced show that you will want to see again and again. It is filled with great Gershwin songs including “Embraceable You”, “Someone to Watch Over Me”, and “I Got Rhythm”. The show is set in the 1930s and is an adaptation of “Girl Crazy”, a musical which played on Broadway in 1930, with Ethel Mermen and Ginger Rodgers. Playwright Ken Ludwig, of “Moon over Buffalo” and “Lend Me A Tenor” fame, reworked the script with hilarious and snappy dialogue, and a number of Gershwin songs were added .

 

 

ALEX JORTH, an extraordinarily talented singer and dancer plays Bobby Child, a New York Banker who wants to be a Broadway dancer. His mother (PATTI EYLER), who owns the bank, sends him to Deadrock, Nevada to foreclose on an old theatre. Instead, Bobby falls in love with the theatre’s owner, Polly, played with spunk and fire by ERIN DOWLING, who can dance and sing up a storm with the best of them. Polly does not like or trust Bobby, so he impersonates the famous Broadway producer Bela Zangler, and tells her he will bring his dazzling dancing girls from New York to put together a show that will save the theatre. Polly, of course, falls madly in love with Bella, as impersonated by Bobbie.

The Dual Critics of EU Jacksonville have been reviewing plays together for the past nine years. Dick Kerekes has been a critic since 1980, starting with The First Coast Entertainer and continuing as the paper morphed into EU Jacksonville. Leisla Sansom wrote reviews from time to time in the early 80s, but was otherwise occupied in the business world. As a writing team, they have attended almost thirty Humana Festivals of New America Plays at Actors Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky, and many of the annual conferences sponsored by the American Theatre Critics Association, which are held in cities throughout the country.

They have reviewed plays in Cincinnati, Chicago, Miami, Sarasota, Minneapolis, Orlando, New York, Philadelphia, Sarasota, San Francisco, Shepherdstown, and The Eugene O’Neill Center in Waterford, Massachusetts. They currently review about one hundred plays annually in the North Florida area theaters, which include community, college, university, and professional productions.

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