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T.C. Williams High School Crazy for You

By • May 11th, 2012 • Category: Cappies

T.C. Williams High School excited the audience last night with their rendition of Crazy for You, a modern work with music by George and Ira Gershwin. Transporting the audience back into the world of the 1930’s musical, T.C. Williams took old Broadway standards and put their own spin on them.

Crazy for You debuted in 1992 with book by Ken Ludwig, but all its music was written much earlier by the Gershwin brothers. Dubbed the “new Gershwin musical comedy”, Crazy for You won the 1992 Tony Award for Best Musical. Its plot centers around a New York dancer who goes to Dead Rock, Nevada and meets the woman of his dreams. Together, they attempt to return Dead Rock to its former glory.

T.C. Williams’ show was anchored by strong lead and supporting actors. As Polly, the female lead, Ellen Broetzmann showed off a pleasant and clear singing voice. Her acting was natural as a young Western girl, and her accent was for the most part consistent. Sam Jones (Bobby) also impressed, presenting his tuneful voice in many songs. The two were natural together, especially in the feel-good closing scene. Sarah Paez (Tess) and Lora Strum (Patsy) brought solid dancing to the show, which was somewhat lacking in the rest of the cast.

Some featured actors were admirable as well. Alec Xander Eichner was heartbreaking yet still funny as the elderly Everett, the owner of the theatre. He also briefly showed singing chops in the reprise of “Things Are Looking Up.” Kirby Porterfield (Irene) was also strong, especially in one of the funniest numbers in the show, “Naughty Baby.”

T.C. Williams made an impressive effort at Crazy for You. Though not all aspects of the show were perfect, the cast made up for the issues with strong performances from multiple actors. Overall, the production was humorous, and who doesn’t like Gershwin’s music?

by Noah Habenstreit of Albert Einstein High School

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