I saw a touring production of Crazy for You years ago with a lot of very talented singers and tap dancers, so it was with some skepticism that I took my seat amid a full house at Covedale Center for a production by a bunch of kids (about 80, in fact) whose average age is just a bit over 16. But Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre (CYPT) won me over with a performance that was solid, if densely populated, in every way. And there were moments when just about every performer was tapping — more like thundering — in unison, thanks to choreographer Jennifer A. Martin.
Crazy for You is the lightweight story of Bobby (Tommy Boeing, who knows how to wear tap shoes and a tux), eager to be in showbiz, despite his mother’s efforts to engage him in banking and an angry, unwanted fiancée who won’t let him be.
Ken Ludwig’s script is full of witty dialogue and funny
situations that director Tim Perrino, who’s been staging CYPT shows for
30 years, knows how to use to great effect. Music director Steve Goers
leads eight musicians who sound like more playing the familiar George
Gershwin score, and the sets — rotating mobile units designed by Matt
Lape — make for swift scene transitions. The performers aren’t the most
seasoned actors, but they’re having fun, and Boeing’s comic duet with
Kelcey Steele as the impresario Zangler, “What Causes That?” is clever
and sophisticated. This is a thoroughly enjoyable show.
CRAZY FOR YOU, presented by Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, continues through Aug. 7. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.