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THEATRE: West End prices will drive you crazy, so stay closer to home and see this great musical

Ceili O’Connor as Polly in Crazy For You

Ceili O’Connor as Polly in Crazy For You Photo: Minyahil Giorgis

Published: 20 December, 2012

THE telly is always bombarding us with suspicious ways to save money on car insurance and phone bills and stuff we don’t need.  
They all seem a little too good to be true. Maybe it’s partly the job of a local paper to provide some homely advice, so here is a genuine money-saving tip for you all which comes with no catches or sucker punches: SAVE MONEY ON EXPENSIVE WEST END THEATRE TICKETS AND GO TO SEE CRAZY FOR YOU IN HIGHGATE INSTEAD.

Take it seriously. Those big-bucks musicals in town are all very nice, but at Upstairs At The Gatehouse they treat their Christmas show as a drive for perfection that comes across in every tap dance.

Plus: you’ll be able to see every arched eyebrow, every jazz hand right up close for a quarter of the price.

Crazy For You is a surprisingly recent musical – it premiered in 1992 – but it is doused in the goodness of Gershwin, plumbing his 1930s catalogue, including the hum-along I’ve Got Rhythm.

And that all provides the soundtrack for a classicly barmy tale of a West End dancer man who heads to Nevada and falls in love with a feisty cowgirl. There’s a broken-down theatre to save with a let’s-do-the-show-right-here spirit and people being fooled by ludicrous fake beards.
It’s all preposterous, but that’s musicals. And this one’s great, especially because of its leading couple. Jay Rincon clicks as schemer Bobby Child and silly old me fell in love with Ceili O’Connor as denimed-up Polly.

A marvellous voice, she’s a former Dorothy at the Palladium.

See. I told you right at the top, you don’t need to go down up West and pay the big money to see the best. They’re up in the village this Christmas.

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