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Dartford: Review - Crazy For You starring Strictly and Holby City actor Tom Chambers at the Orchard Theatre

By Ashley Austen

Comedy, heartbreak, storming dance numbers and classic Gershwin tunes. Who could ask for anything more?

High-energy show Crazy For You is the ultimate celebration of the great Broadway musical bursting with sunny foot-tapping Gershwin melodies.

Strictly Come Dancing 2008 champion and star of Casualty and Holby City, Tom Chambers falls effortlessly into the role of Bobby Child, the son of a wealthy banking family, whose dreams and ambitions are firmly set on the stage.

Casualty and Strictly star Tom Chambers is in the musical Crazy For You at Canterbury and Dartford Picture: Richard Davenport
Casualty and Strictly star Tom Chambers is in the musical Crazy For You at Canterbury and Dartford Picture: Richard Davenport

He is sent by his mother to close down a failing theatre in the one-horse town of Deadrock, Nevada where he meets the all-American knock-em-dead gal Polly Baker (played by Charlotte Wakefield's understudy last night, Seren Sandham-Davies) who has other ideas about the fate of the theatre and she's not going to let a suit from the city stand in her way.

But Bobby falls for Polly and hatches a plan to save the theatre and to get his girl at the same time.

The musical Crazy For You Picture: Richard Davenport
The musical Crazy For You Picture: Richard Davenport

Chambers' infectious stamina glides him through a dozen sparkling dance routines which see him wowing the audience with some daring acrobatics, while his affable personality warms us to his character throughout the two-and-a-half hour show.

Seren Sandham-Davies as Polly, shined from start to finish, especially in the enchanting and tender number 'Someone to Watch Over Me'.

Bobby's domineering fiancee, Irene, is played by TV and stage favourite, Claire Sweeney

who powers her way through some clever choreography in her number 'Naughty Baby'.

Crazy for Crazy For You
Crazy for Crazy For You

There's skillful on-stage interaction from the live orchestra who double as cowboys and follies girls and make the complex dance routines look tight and smooth.

With a heavy sprinkling of comedy and witty one-liners, the show is packed with some of the most memorable Gershwin tunes and dazzling dance numbers including the phenonimal foot-stomping 'I Got Rhythm' and 'They Can't Take That Away From Me'. You'll leave the theatre with the rhythm in your feet and a song in your heart.

Crazy For You is at The Orchard Theatre, Dartford until Saturday, January 27. For tickets call 01322 220000 or visit orchardtheatre.co.uk

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