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It's got rhythm: ‘Crazy for You' is timeless, tap-dancing fun

Crazy for You,” the George and Ira Gershwin showcase that helped revive Broadway musicals in the 1990s, is back at Central Piedmont Community College stage for the first time in more than a decade.

Adapted from the Gershwin's 1930 musical “ Girl Crazy,” this updated version contains five songs from the original lineup, including audience favorite “I Got Rhythm,” but has a new plot and several new numbers from other productions.

Nic Bryan, who starred in “ Smokey Joe's Café” and played Aladdin in “ Aladdin” earlier this season, will play Bobby Child, the son of a rich Manhattan banking family. Bobby would rather be a Broadway actor than a banker, but when he fails to impress theater owner Bela Zangler ( Gerald Colbert, who was Father in last year's “ Children of Eden”), Bobby grudgingly takes on the family business. Under the direction of his mother, he travels to Deadrock to foreclose on a rundown theater.

He falls in love with Polly Baker, daughter of the local theater owner. The show is an age-old tale of a boy working to win a girl. But “Crazy” throws in sparkling showgirls, irreverent one-liner vaudeville jokes and huge tap-dance numbers.

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