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YouTube’d memories: Crazy For You

Continuing with musical genres other than pop or rock (the last installment was classical waltz, remember?), another frank admission: I am very partial to stage musical. In years living in or near the New York City, I’ve seen probably fewer musicals than my natural inclination suggests, but still a fair share. We went to a handful of performances in London as well, as recorded elsewhere in this blog, again not as frequent as we might have wanted, for reasons not exactly clear to anyone.

In any case, the very first musical on Broadway that we felt flush enough to spend money buying tickets for was Gershwins’ Crazy For You. Its run on stage ended in pre-YouTube times, so I was able to find only a single clip of a Broadway-cast number, performed at the Tony Awards in 1993. In all honesty, I have a very blurry recollection of our experience the night we saw it, but I am pretty sure that this guy, Harry Groener, was the one playing the role of Bobby, and I remember the sense of delight enveloping me as soon as the first notes of the opening number sounded. A guy in black-tie, a line of leggy girls in cabaret get-ups, tap dancing, breezy music, mmm…

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  1. Brian Greenberg

    Ilya – I couldn’t agree with you more. As much as I enjoy a good pop/rock song, they simply don’t write music like this anymore. Intricate melodies, complex harmonies, clever lyrics – they all seem to be beyond the attention span of the average music listener. Thank God they keep reviving these old shows. And, like you, I’m proud (not embarrased) to claim quite a bit of these tunes on my iTunes playlist (Jason – that’s what we all call CD collections these days. 😉 )

    As for Kisintin’s comment about the “New Yawk” accent, I’d love to claim I don’t notice, but even daily exposure to the Big Apple doesn’t mitigate that thick an accent…

  2. Vince

    For as much as I love theater, I’m not a huge fan of musicals. And what I like is very small and eclectic. I like a number of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musicals, Sweeny Todd, Chicago, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Little Shop of Horrors. And I like a few of the “classics”, such as Kiss Me Kate.

    Sadly I’ve never been in New York long enough on the few times I was there to see a Broadway show, but one day I will. And if I ever get to London, seeing a show is a very high priority.

  3. Neurondoc

    I *love* musical theater, but I don’t go as much as I would like. I grew up in the NYC area and got to see some really great shows on Broadway, before the tickets cost an arm, a leg and at least one ear. Never saw Crazy for You, though.

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