Crazy For You (2014 Stratford Festival Cast) [Canadian Import]
Composer: George Gershwin
Lyricist: Ira Gershwin
Gershwin, George & Ira
We have just a couple of caveats with this new (and terrific) recording of Crazy For You. The first being the abbreviated overture (Why? There's more than enough room for the complete Overture. I am certain it stems from the fact that overtures and the orchestras that play them are incredibly EXPENSIVE! And don't we know it!) And the Finale is likewise abbreviated - to the point of its not being included at all on this recording. The musical direction though is tip-top. A riff late in I Got Rhythm is the best that I have heard (the "rhythm" slows only to re-rev to the original tempi) and this is the 6th version of Crazy For You that I own - not including bootlegs, of course. (Oh naughty!) This Bobby Child (one very talented Josh Franklin) is the best singer of any of the recordings. One might even describe his voice as pretty or beautiful - rare for this sort of thing, as you are all well aware. I cannot recommend this recording highly enough and now that you have heard my misgivings, you are thus prepared for a terrific experience!
The magic of the Stratford Festival's hit musical Crazy for You has been immortalized in the first full-length cast recording in the Festival's history. The album is filled with beloved Gershwin tunes and a sensational cast bursting with talent: who could ask for anything more?
"I am thrilled to announce Stratford's very first cast recording -- something we have wanted to do for many years," says Executive Director Anita Gaffney. "We are so lucky to have some of the greatest artists in the world with us each season. It is extremely important to us to preserve and share their extraordinary talents. This recording, together with our plans for Stratford@Play, which will see us film up to three productions a year, are exciting advances, which will take the Festival's work to an even larger audience."
Described as "a rollicking, rhythmic delight" by the Toronto Star's Richard Ouzounian and "a shot of adrenaline" by The Globe and Mail's J. Kelly Nestruck, Crazy for You is already one of the hottest tickets of the 2014 season. Specially conceived for the Festival stage by director and choreographer Donna Feore, the production features Natalie Daradich as Polly Baker, Josh Franklin as Bobby Child and Tom Rooney as Bela Zangler.
Featuring all 31 cast members as well as 21 musicians led by Conductor and Musical Director Shelley Hanson, the album is packed with classic Gershwin songs, including "I Got Rhythm," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," "Can't Take That Away From Me" and "Someone to Watch Over Me."
Overture/Kr-a-zy For You - Bobby
I Can't Be Bothered Now - Bobby, Follies Girls
Bidin' My Time - Mingo, Sam, Moose
Could You Use Me?/Shall We Dance? - Bobby, Polly
Girls Enter Nevada - Company
Someone to Watch Over Me - Polly
Slap That Bass - Bobby and Company
Embraceable You - Polly, Bobby
I Got Rhythm - Polly and Company
The Real American Folk Song (Is a Rag) - Mingo, Sam, Moose and Company
What Causes That? - Bela, Bobby
Naughty Baby - Irene, Lank
Stiff Upper Lip - Patricia, Eugene and Company
They Can't Take That Away From Me/But Not For Me - Bobby/Polly
Nice Work If You Can Get It - Bobby, Follies Girls
The album was produced by Peter McBoyle and Franklin Brasz.
Crazy for You is a high-energy romantic comedy telling the story of Bobby Child, son of a banking magnate, who is sent to Deadrock, Nevada, to foreclose on a derelict theatre but unexpectedly falls for its owner's daughter, Polly Baker.
With music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, and book by Ken Ludwig, Crazy for You was co-conceived by Ken Ludwig and Mike Ockrent. The musical was inspired by material by Guy Bolton and John McGowan, and originally produced on Broadway by Roger Horchow and Elizabeth Williams.
Sent to Deadrock, Nevada, to foreclose on a derelict theatre, banker Bobby Child falls for its owner’s daughter, Polly Baker. Can he reconcile the demands of duty and love – and his own dreams of dancing? “I Got Rhythm,” “Nice Work if You Can Get It” and “Someone to Watch Over Me” are just some of the gems in this dynamic musical’s dazzling score.
"This summer's market for snappy, satisfying musical entertainment has just been filled and filled beautifully" – Toronto Star
"a resounding, unqualified hit, which ranks as the finest choreographed musical ever to appear on a Stratford stage." – The Record
"a shot of adrenaline" – The Globe and Mail
"triumphant" – The Globe and Mail
"the audience, fed by the energy of the number, won't stop applauding" – The Globe and Mail
"lots of comedic one-liners and plenty of spectacular dancing" – Sun Media
"Stratford's production has it all, the songs, superb actors and acting and dancing that will knock your socks off!" – Zoomer Radio
"get your tickets now" – Broadway World