NAPPANEE — The musical comedy “Crazy For You” is currently on stage at Amish Acres Round Barn Theatre in Nappanee. It’s a hit. Don’t miss it.
A wealthy Manhattan guy, Bobby Child (Matt Casey), only wants to dance. He is very unhappy because Bela Zangler (James Edward Dauphin) refuses to let him audition.
Bobby’s mother, Lottie Child (Jordan Tucker) has other ideas. She wants him in the banking business and threatens to drop his allowance if he doesn’t follow her wishes. Bobby’s fiancé, Irene Roth (Kayla Ricker), also has plans for him.
Bobby is unhappy when Lottie sends him to the rundown town of Deadrock, Nev., to foreclose on a theatre.
Polly Baker (Kaitlyn Casanova) and her father, Everett (Nick Wheeler), own the theatre. Everett has memories of when his late wife preformed there and doesn’t hesitate to tell everyone.
Casey and Casanova make the perfect couple. They look good together. They dance well together They sing well together.
In true Broadway fashion, when Bobby arrives in town he falls in love with Polly. Lank Hawkins (Rory Dunn) also has feelings for Polly.
Dunn, who is a Round Barn favorite, plays the rejected lover to the hilt and adds his own touch to his owner of-the-saloon character
When Bobby sees the theatre he thinks it’s incredible. He comes up with an idea to save the building. They will put on a show and use the money to pay off the mortgage. Eventually, Polly falls for Bobby. But when she finds out who he is, she turns her back on him even though he’s trying to help her. To regain her attention, Bobby dons a beard and mustache and becomes Zangler. Polly then falls in love with Zangler. During most of the production Hawkins tries his best to convince Polly that she is his girl.
But, alas, even though Bobby brings dancers from New York, no one comes to the show. It seems the town is a long distance from the train station and no one is interested in making that trip to see the show. To make matters worse, Zangler arrives in Deadrock. Now, there are two of them! Bobby tries to convince Polly that he was Zangler. She doesn’t believe him even when she sees there are two Zanglers.
Just when you think you’ve seen it all, Eugene and Patricia Fodor (Don Hart and Abby Murray Vachon) arrive in Dedrock with a new twist.
Musical numbers are toe tapping and include “K-R-A-ZY For You,” Bidin’ My Time,” “Shall We Dance?” and “Naughty Baby.”
This musical keeps the audience in stitches from the time the curtain goes up.
A gold star goes to Casey and Dauphin as the two Zanglers who join in singing “What Causes That?” It proves to be an audience favorite.
It’s no surprise as Polly and Bobby fight and Bobby goes back to New York. Zangler decides to go on with the show. I’ll tell no more. to see it to find out who ends up marrying whom.
The production’s dances are fantastic. Hats off to Sarah McGowan, Joelle Rassi, Katie Post, Chakendra Fennell, Martin Flowers, Will Herndon, Aaron Gilmer, Joey Harbert and Alec Brown for all the hard work they put in to make this a true work of art.
For more information or tickets call (800) 800-4942 or on line at amishacres.com. “Crazy For You” runs through Aug. 28.