Playing Polly Baker is a dream come true. I get to sing the most beautiful Gershwin tunes (including, arguably, the best song ever written: "Someone To Watch Over Me"), dance some of the most intricate and gorgeous choreography, and play a character that fits me like a glove.
Who could ask for anything more?
I also get to play opposite one of my favorites, Charles Logan, as Bobby Child. We just worked together in George M! at TheatreZone in January... so, it couldn't be more perfect.
For those who aren't familiar with this beautiful musical, here's a little recap: Crazy For You won the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Musical and Best Choreography back in 1992. Playwright Ken Ludwig’s mad-cap script pairs perfectly with the Gershwin brothers’ musical magic to create an old-fashioned Broadway romance reminiscent of the old 1930s musicals. Theatergoers can expect to hear iconic songs such as "Someone to Watch Over Me", "Embraceable You," "I Got Rhythm," "They Can't Take That Away from Me," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," and many more. Bursting also with big tap numbers and romantic ballroom dancing that advance the story and songs, Crazy For You is a triple-threat of a musical.
Crazy For You opens on Venice Theatre’s MainStage Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 and will run through Sunday, March 19. Performances are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays March 4 and 11 at 2 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $34 for adults, $17 for college students and $15 for children and teens through 12th grade. They are available online at www.venicestage.com or by calling the box office at 941-488-1115.
Danae DeShazer is an actress, singer, and dancer living in Sarasota, FL.