‘Crazy For You’ opens Friday

Published 7:23 pm Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Get ready for a night of singing and dancing when the Vicksburg Theatre Guild presents “Crazy For You.”

“Bobby, who is an aspiring talent, is looking for his break on Broadway while working at his mother’s bank,” director of the musical comedy Paul Ballard said.

But when Bobby is sent to Deadrock, Nev., to foreclose on an old theater he finds an opportunity to fulfill his dreams.

“This is a classic chain of boy meets girl, boy falls in love, boy loses girl, and they get together in the end,” Ballard said, but with a lot of classic tunes performed throughout the show.

Some of the musical numbers include “Embraceable You,” “I Got Rhythm,” “Can’t Take That Away From Me,” “Someone to Watch Over Me, and “Krazy For You.”

The show is based on the 1992 adaptation of a previous show written and composed by George and Ira Gershwin,” Ballard said, which was written in 1930 with the title “Girl Crazy.”

“This version of the show has a few changes in the story line but the same Gershwin tunes. ‘Crazy For You’ also reflects the kind of songs and dancing that Fred Astaire and others made popular in that era,” Ballard said.

Because “Crazy For You” also has a lot of dancing incorporated into the show, in addition to holding auditions for vocalists, Ballard said he had to seek out dancers.

“To recruit dancers we contacted those who have been associated with other shows recently including “Mary Poppins” and “Gold In The Hills” to gauge their interest and availability and then reached out to others from there,” he said.

The local dance teachers were also supportive.

Ballard said he decided to offer up “Crazy For You” as a VTG main stage production after seeing it in Hattiesburg in the late 90s when former Vicksburg resident Brady McKellar was part of the University of Southern Mississippi cast.

“I knew then that if I could ever identify a male dancer/singer who could do the part, I wanted to direct the show for VTG,” Ballard said.

And during the VTG’s 2015-16 season when Jon Brame was cast as Bert in the theatre’s production of “Mary Poppins,” and showcased his vocal and dance ability on the stage, Ballard knew he had his lead.

Cast as the female lead for the show is Genevieve Walker as “Polly Baker.”

Baker has performed in previous VTG productions, Ballard said, and she is also a Can Can dancer for the Guinness Book of World Records’ longest-running show, “Gold in the Hills.”

Ballard said “Crazy for You” is a “charming story that is appropriate for all ages.”

“Anyone with children taking dance or grandchildren should come.

“And everyone will find the scene of double identity to be the funniest ever, Ballard said.

“Crazy of You” will open at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4 at the Parkside Playhouse Theatre, 101 Iowa Blvd.

Additional performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, Thursday, Aug. 10, Friday, Aug. 11, Saturday, Aug. 11 and at 2 p.m. Sunday Aug. 6 and Sunday, Aug. 13.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for ages 65 and older and $10 for ages 12 and younger and are available at showclix.com/event/crazy1 and at the box office.

For more information, visit vicksburgtheatreguild.com/.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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