Crazy For You
13 - 17 May 2008

Director and choreographer: Martyn Knight
Musical director: Trevor Defferd

The Anvil, Basingstoke
Evenings: 7:30 pm, Saturday matinee: 3:00 pm

A high-energy musical comedy that brings the best of Broadway to Basingstoke – brimming with Gershwin showstoppers, Fred Astaire elegance and a chorus line of glamorous tap dancing showgirls!

All playboy Bobby Child wants to do is sing and dance – but his domineering mother says he’s got to work for the family banking business.

She sends him to the sleepy mining town of Deadrock to close its only theatre.  But Bobby soon discovers it’s the perfect place to put on a show and fulfil his dream of becoming a star of the stage!

His adventures take an unexpected turn when he falls head-over-heels in love with the theatre owner’s daughter Polly Baker - the only girl in a town of 157 men.  The stage is set for comedy, romance, glamour – and some dazzling tap dance routines!

George Gershwin’s musical score is a feast of well-known songs from the exuberant “I Got Rhythm”, “Slap that Bass” and “Shall we Dance”, to the romantic “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” and “Someone to Watch Over Me”.


Box office tel: 01256 844244
Group bookings tel: 01256 366935



PRESS Reviews

"Who could ask for anything more?  It is undoubtedly one of their best."

The Basingstoke Gazette - Read full review

"A stunning spectacle from BATS, with colourful costumes, good voices and energetic dance routines that left you speechless."

Newbury Weekly News - Read full review

"They got rhythm and style - a veritable firework display to delight and amaze."

The Farnham Herald - Read full review

"With an excellent set, a big stage venue and costumes to die for, this was the best BATS show that I have seen."

National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) - Read full review

Production Photos


Janet Lake

Cari Deaves

Bobby Child
Bryn Hughes

Irene Roth
Zoe Tame

Bela Zangler
Rob Wilson

Elizabeth Flaherty

Richard Bond

Stephen Westwood

David Chadwick

Polly Baker
Clare Ryan

Everett Baker
Colin Webb

Lank Hawkins
David Scanlan

Eugene Fodor
Steve Jeffery

Patricia Fodor
Tracey Gonzato

Female chorus: Charlotte Barnes, Trudi Bevan, Debbie Birkett, Julia Cheeseman, Elizabeth Flaherty,
Tracey Gonzato, Sue Harris, Abigail Parsons, Rachel Stubbins, Nikki Taylor, Katy Wilson

Male chorus: David Allard, Anthony Bevan, Nick Brannam, Jake Holland, Steve Jeffery, Patrick Tame

Creative team

Director and Choreographer
Martyn Knight

Musical Director
Trevor Defferd

Assistant to the Director
Abigail Parsons

Dance Captain
Libby Stockel

Production Manager
Simon Waller

Stage Manager
Matt Green

Stage Crew
Steve Brannam, Brian Edwards, Nick Horsey,
Ian "Spud" Smith, Elaine Hallaway,
Andy Hallaway, Tony Ward

Lighting & Sound Design
Viking Stage Lighting

Follow Spot Operators
Di Annakin, Graeme Duncanson

Scenery Hire
SLX Theatre Set Hire, Bristol

Props Coordinators
Barrie Cheeseman, Hazel Pearce, Simon Waller

Props Team
Rachel Glover, Louise Waller, Myra Ward

Additional Props
Chelmsford Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society

Wardrobe Coordinator
Katy Wilson

Costume Workshop (Isle of Wight) and BATS Wardrobe

Members of BATS

Marketing and Sales Officer
Bryn Hughes

Marketing and Sales Team
David Allard, Tracey Gonzato, Sue Harris, Steve Jeffery, Colin Webb

Show Photographs
David Hosie

Publicity Photographs
Sue Harris, David Chadwick, Steve Jeffery

Programme Creation
Bryn Hughes and David Allard

Licensing information

Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin.  Book by Ken Ludwig.
Co-conception by Ken Ludwig and Mike Ockrent.  Inspired by Material by Guy Bolton and John McGowan.
Originally produced on Broadway by Roger Horchow and Elizabeth Williams.
Presented by arrangement with MusicScope and Stage Musicals Ltd of New York.

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