The Blake High School Stage Company presented six performances of the 2006 Tony Award winning musical THE DROWSY CHAPERONE this November 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21 at 7:30 pm. The November 18th show was a 2 pm matinee presentation. The Drowsy Chaperone pays tribute to the Jazz-age shows of the 1920’s and the power those shows held to transport us into a dazzling fantasy and to lift our spirits in times of sadness.
Staff on the show besides Michael D’Anna as the Director, included John Ovington as the Technical Director, Mary Wagner as the Business Manager, and Harry Winter as Vocal Director.
Fall Musical Crazy For You opened on November 14, 2014
The Stage Company and Music Department will present George and Ira Gershwin’s historic musical, CRAZY FOR YOU, on November 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22 at 7:30 pm in the Blake Auditorium. The story follows the adventures and misadventures a New York singer and dancer named Bobby, who falls for a beautiful theatre gal named Polly.
Crazy for You is a romantic love musical with a book by Ken Ludwig, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, and music byGeorge Gershwin. Billed as “The New Gershwin Musical Comedy”, it is largely based on the songwriting team’s 1930 musical, Girl Crazy, but incorporates songs from several other productions as well. Crazy for You won the 1992 Tony Award for Best Musical. In his review in The New York Times, Frank Rich wrote, “When future historians try to find the exact moment at which Broadway finally rose up to grab the musical back from the British, they just may conclude that the revolution began last night. The shot was fired at the Shubert Theater, where a riotously entertaining show called Crazy for You uncorked the American musical’s classic blend of music, laughter, dancing, sentiment and showmanship with a freshness and confidence rarely seen during the Cats decade . . . Crazy for You scrapes away decades of cabaret and jazz and variety-show interpretations to reclaim the Gershwins’ standards, in all their glorious youth, for the dynamism of the stage.”
The show features Tony Award-winning music by the great Gershwin Brothers and includes popular favorites such as Embraceable You, Slap That Bass, I Can’t Worry About It Now, Crazy for You, I’ve Got Rhythm and many more toe-tapping songs!