Crazy for You, the “new Gershwin musical comedy” at the Shubert, is a reshaped and augmented granddaughter of Girl Crazy, a 1930 backstage musical with music by George and lyrics by Ira Gershwin. Girl Crazy is perhaps best remembered for introducing Ethel Merman, singing “I Got Rhythm.” It was filmed twice, once in 1932 and again in 1943, the latter with Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland putting on a show to save a small school in the Southwest and Judy singing “Bidin’ My Time,” “Embraceable You,” “But Not for Me,” as well as “I Got Rhythm,” and Busby Berkeley staging some kaleidoscopic numbers. There is thus much history—and much show-biz static—in the background of Crazy for You, and there was reason, in the abstract, to fear that it might turn out yet another exercise in condescending period camp on the order of No, No,...

 
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