Saturday, March 7

Theatre Review: Beef and Boards: Crazy for You

In what can be considered the time of resurgence for the old-school
 musicals, the king of the movement is easily playwright Ken Ludwig. Ludwig's Crazy for you, opens to a packed house as Beef and Boards, Indianapolis, continues its 2015 season.

For the remaining shows' schedule, click here.

Based on Girl Crazy, with lyrics and music by Ira and George Gershwin, this production brings to stage the over-the-top antics, dancing and songs enjoyed for generations.

Heavy hitters Erin Cohenour, Jeff Stockberger, Eddie Curry, Blake Spellacy (even John Vessels makes a brief appearance)  are brought on board to match the needed talent and quality of choreography by Ron Morgan and classic musical numbers such as, "I've Got Rhythm," and "You Can't Take That Away From Me."

When Bobby Child (Spellacy) a wannabe performer is turned away by Bela Zangler (Curry) and is forced by his aristocratic mother to travel to Nevada to foreclose on a theater, things become farcical and fabulous as only a musical can.

Love ensues, is rejected and all twists and turns in an "I Love Lucy" way that is compounded by the dancing which is nailed beautifully by the principals as well as the ensemble dancers. Easily it is the best representation of dancing I have witnessed on the B&B stage in the past eight years of reviewing.

When you, as an audience member, are unable to picture anyone else portraying a character, you know the actor has performed to a gold level. Such is the case with Spellacy's Child, Curry's Zangler and Cohenour's femme fatale role of Irene Roth.

Spellacy and Curry hit a home run with the mirrored-image scene and Cohenour as a high-maintenance diva turned vixen is pure joy to watch.

Stockberger's Lank Hawkins theater owner is as lovable a curmudgeon as one could hope for and John Vessels is delightful as travel writer Eugene Fudor.

This is one of those difficult situations for a reviewer. All cannot be mentioned that should be, however, please keep in mind Doug King, Kenny Shepard and Bob Payne as talent to also be noted.

Bottom Line: Beef and Boards' Crazy for You dances away the winter blahs with a high-stepping, high-energy frolicking musical perfect for the entire family.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave writes two magazine food and wine columns: Destination Dining and White Linen & Corks,and is a travel, features, food and wine writer, travel and food photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as the Travel & Leisure Adviser on FOX59 Morning News Show. She also is a speaker, consultant and trainer for hospitality, travel and luxury businesses, P.R., and tourism groups, as well as a radio and television guest and host. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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