Julian Eaves reviews Crazy For You presented by third year musical theatre students at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
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an LMTO show is – ultimately – all about the orchestra. Here we got the full 32-pieces of the publishers´ dreams, and this was – we were reliably informed – the biggest band EVER assembled for any performance of this exquisite score. They played magnificently.
There’s lots of gentle humour, gentle pathos, gentle social critique, and a gently uplifting ‘message’ to go away with at the end.
As harmless, seasonal larking about goes, this show is an undemanding couple of hours: if you go to it with an abundant admiration of the author and/or subject matter, you may have your enthusiasm rewarded. If not, prepare to encounter problems.
If anyone loves the music of Caro Emerald, then they’ll love this feast of her songs presented in a dramatic context. If anyone does not know her music, or has yet to be persuaded of its merits, then they will be enchanted by the delicious performances given by a cast of 10 in this production, […]
Side by Side by Sondheim benefits from some superb material and a rock solid cast. It’s a warm and friendly production, perfect for a gloomy September night.
In the wrong hands this show could be become exactly what it is trying to send up; a clap-along, preppy, saccharine affair. However the blistering choreography, catchy score and some fantastic performances mean this restaging works on every level.