Crazy for new youth music show
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St Albans Youth Music Theatre are hoping audiences will go crazy for their next production at the Abbey Theatre.
They are performing the 1930s-set musical Crazy for You, featuring music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin, from next Thursday, April 9, until Saturday, April 11.
The show was first performed in 1992 but is based on the 1930s Gershwin musical Girl Crazy and features many of the songwriting duo’s best-known hits.
The action centres on Bobby Child who runs away from his mother and fiancée in New York City to pursue his dream of dancing.
In the small town of Deadrock, Nevada, he falls in love with local girl Polly Baker, but she isn’t convinced by his flattery. In an effort to win her heart, he dresses up as somebody else, with unforeseen consequences.
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Director Lee Harris said the production had been challenging for the young cast. “This year, we wanted to stretch the group, and this show really does that.
“There are huge dance numbers – I’ve Got Rhythm is over six minutes long – as well as complex harmonies, ambitious sets, difficult accents and comedic timing to master, not to mention a massive cast and band to synchronise. But the group have really stepped up to the plate and thrown themselves into this production.”
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Performances are at 7.30pm each evening with an additional 2.30pm matinee next Saturday.
To book tickets go to www.abbeytheatre.org.uk or call the box office on 01727 857861.