Onstage: Crazy for You at Covedale Center

You might think it's crazy to pull together 75 or 80 teenagers from all over Cincinnati to put on a musical in the summertime. Artistic Director Tim Perrino doesn’t even have a barn ... but he does have the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, where

You might think it’s crazy to pull together 75 or 80 teenagers from all over Cincinnati to put on a musical in the summertime. Artistic Director Tim Perrino doesn’t even have a barn … but he does have the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, where he assembles a group of talented teens for Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre every summer — this year is the group’s 30th anniversary.

The youthful energy of Perrino’s crew seems like a perfect match for the George Gershwin musical Crazy for You, winner of the 1992 Tony Award for Best Musical. (It’s actually based on a 1930 show, Girl Crazy, with a few more tunes added for good measure.) The show is a dancing extravaganza about a young man who just wants to be a dancer, despite his disapproving mother and his doubtful fiancée.

There’s trouble along the way — not to mention some fancy footwork — but it all works out for the best. That’s the kind of show Perrino excels in assembling with his teens, and there’s nothing crazy about that.

Go here for show times, tickets and more info.

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