|All photos from Stratford site|
|Franklin in New York|
I first saw Crazy for You when it was in Toronto 20 years ago (oh my, was it really that long ago?). That production I saw at least twice, maybe three times. Camilla Scott starred as Polly Baker, and maybe I'm biased because she was the first I saw so I draw comparisons, but I think I preferred her to Natalie Daradich. Natalie is good, has a great voice, and lovely dancing, I just have fond remembrances of Scott in the roll.
The performance I think I had trouble buying into the most was Lally Cadeau as Mrs. Child. I'm not sure why, maybe subconsciously to my mind she'll always be Janet King (sorry Ms. Cadeau), and so I didn't find it believable.
|"I Got Rhythm"|
Overall the use of the stage was well done. The sets were varied and easily gave the New York City and Deadrock Nevada feel. The big white ball, appropriately lit as the sun or moon, was fun too.
I had forgotten some of the dialogue and the wit that is interspersed throughout the show and found myself burst out laughing when Bobby takes a large step away from Lank when Lank says to him, "You are close to an idiot" :)
The interaction between Franklin and Tom Rooney (who plays Bella) in "What Causes That" was absolutely hilarious. The audience was in stitches.
The sound levels were also perfect. For a while I thought the singers might be unamplified and had to look really hard to find the mics. They are getting so small these days! Franklin's was almost completely hidden in his side burn and most of the ladies I couldn't see at all. I assume they were hidden in or under their wigs. The sound was always pure and never over powering. Taps were amplified when needed (such as Bobby's dancing solos) but mostly just showed the dancers skill in having clean and precise sounds. They made it look easy.
The cast recording is now available and I expect it's really good especially if they used or augmented the 20 or so musicians who were already in the pit. Even 20 is a large number compared to what tours with a Broadway show these days, so it was super nice to hear the richness of the Gershwin score. Unfortunately the orchestra was back to being hidden behind the stage unlike in 42nd Street a few seasons ago where they were visible on a balcony.
|Finale - the happy ending!|