Thursday 30th March
Musical - Crazy for You

Thirties musicals - great songs, shame about the libretto. Times move on, humour gets dated, what was snappy 75 years ago, isn’t necessarily snappy now. This was bugging a Broadway production company when they were thinking of putting on the 1930 Gershwin classic Girl Crazy (later made into a 1943 movie). It had four great songs –including I Got Rhythm –, but not much else going for it. Then the brainwave. Why not keep the songs, and update the story. Hey! Why not keep the BEST songs, add in some other great songs from other great Gershwin musicals, and completely rewrite the story? Now you’re talking. The result was Crazy For You, a Gershwin classic from the grave, and a big Broadway hit in 1992.

Crazy For You is the latest offering from the amateur operatic group from Chiddingly and East Hoathly, UBENDS. The group, formed by the wife of the previous rector of the two parishes, started life doing religious musicals but have progressed to more secular and riotous material. You can tell from their publicity material it’s going to be good. They look like they’re having a scream posing for their photos. It even sounds like they had a scream writing their press release: ‘Prepare to be dazzled by forty tap dancers on two stages in two churches across two weekends.’ Sounds like they got rhythm.

Bob-bob bobbin’ along: Ubends, too sexy for their wigs
Chiddingly Church, Chiddingly
When? 7.30pm (also Sunday 1st 2.30pm and 7.30pm
How Much? £6
Booking by Phone
01825 872401 and 01803 928930