Narrows Community Theaters production of Crazy for You is an evening chock filled of fancy footwork, rousing musical numbers and the magic of George and Ira Gershwin. But what makes the show even more special is the dedication of its actors.
Crazy for You was originally slated to take place at the theater on the Fort Hamilton Army Base, but a little storm named Sandy threw a wrench in those plans. To make room for the relief effort, the show was moved to St. Patricks. The elaborate set had to be adjusted due to its significantly smaller stage. Performers, who mostly live outside of Brooklyn, walked across the Brooklyn Bridge to attend rehearsals in the midst of subway shutdowns.
After rehearsing for three months, NCT member Captain Christina Mouradjian of the Fort Hamilton Army Garrison was forced to quit the show to help with around-the-clock relief efforts.
NCT members sold raffle tickets and collected donations before and after the show and during intermission. The funds supplied about 35 to 40 families who attend St. Patricks that live in Breezy Point with school supplies.
As art always aims to do, Crazy for You provided some much needed laughter in such a time of struggle.
The classic Gershwin foot-tapper tells the story of 1930s playboy Bobby Child (played fantastically by Michael Santora) who graduated from Harvard a decade earlier with nothing much to show.
Who cares. I wanna dance! I dont care about money, Bobby says.
When he is sent to Deadrock, Nevada to foreclose a theater, he falls in love with sassy cowgirl Polly Baker (an impressive Nicole Davey) whose father owns the space.
Culture clash (city Follies Girls tantalize the cowboys), mistaken identities and hilarity ensues when the theater troupe decides to put on a show to pay the mortgage because Why not? Mickey Rooney does it all the time.
The intricate choreography, filled with flapper moves and tap dancing (by David Paul Kidder) was delightful to watch. There was even coordinated fight choreography (by Andrew Mayer and Alex Mandell).
The costumes (by Angela Borst) were vibrant and spot-on, with feathery get-ups for the Follies Girls and elegant evening wear for Bobbys New York love, Irene Roth (played by a very vampy Hilary Goldman).
But the tunes stole the show. With favorites like Someone to Watch Over Me, I Got Rhythm, They Cant Take That Away From Me, Nice Work if You Can Get It and K-r-a-z-y for You the audience found it hard to not sing along and sway with the infectious melodies.
As the lyrics ask, Who can ask for anything more?
Performances of Crazy for You will take place on Friday, November 16 and Saturday November 17 at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, November 18 at 2 p.m. at St. Patricks on Fourth Avenue and 96th Street. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $15 for seniors, students under 21 and children. For more information, call 718-482-3173, email NCT@NCTheaterNY.com or visit www.NYCTheaterNY.com.