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Crazy For You Closing Early at the Novello Theatre

Wednesday, 25th Jan 2012  

The Open Air Theatre’s West End Transfer Will Close in March 2012 instead of the Planned July End-Date

Though the production was due to appear at the Novello Theatre until at least July 2012 it has been announced that “Crazy For You” will instead be closing its doors in March, according to reports that emerged this week. The show originally appeared at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park last summer and transferred to the West End in October, with positive reviews following it to its new home (as well as director Timothy Sheader).

“Crazy for You” introduces audiences to the character of Bobby Child in a story of love and following one’s dreams. Child has big ambitions – to make it as a dancer on the stage – and we follow him as he attempts to fulfil this dream and finds romance along the way, with love taking him on a memorable journey. But as the show is also a musical the production features a range of well known songs along the way from “Embraceable You” and “I’ve Got Rhythm” to “Nice Work if You Can Get it”.

The musical was penned by Ken Ludwig (with music by Ira and George Gershwin) and takes its cues from the famous Gershwin comedy “Girl Crazy”. It first appeared in front of those with theatre tickets in the early 1990s when it premiere at the Shubert Theatre in New York, before the first West End production opened a year later at the Prince Edward Theatre, proving to be a big success. It earned a Tony Award in 1992 for Best Musical and became a critical hit, meaning that it was inevitable that it would make another appearance on the stage as time went on.

Timothy Sheader has been the Artistic Director of the Open Air Theatre since 2007 and over the years he has been behind a wealth of shows to appear on its stage like “Much Ado About Nothing”, “Gigi”, “Romeo & Juliet” and “Twelfth Night”. Beyond the season venue he has also directed the likes of “Streetcar to Tennessee” at The Young Vic Theatre and “Imagine This” at the New London theatre.

“Crazy for You” continues its run at the Novello Theatre, where it will close its doors on Saturday 17th March 2012.

I had made a booking for 50 people to see 'Crazy' in May and we were all looking forward to it having paid for the tickets. I now have the job of informing a lot of disappointed people of its closure and with no explanation - I can only assume its a financail issue. This is the second time this has happened and is making me think twice about taking large parties to a London theatre!

Aldersey at Friday, 27th Jan 2012 11:27 AM

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