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With many of the new musicals being based on either 80s movies, bands’ back catalogues or new concept shows, it’s nice to be able to step back into the gentler era of a Gerswin musical, writes Debra Aspinall.

The Watermill Theatre production of Crazy for You, at Wycombe Swan, features some classic numbers I Got Rhythm, They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Nice Work If You Can Get It and Embraceable You, alongside some not-so-well-known tunes and wraps them all in a charming boy-meets-girl storyline.

This time the hero Bobby (Tom Chambers), wants to spurn the family banking business to pursue his dreams of becoming a Broadway star.

However, his mother dispatches him to Deadrock, a waning Nevada mining town, to foreclose on a theater.

On arrival at the back of beyond he falls instantly for the theatre-owner’s daughter Polly (Charlotte Wakefield), who spurns the city boy.

So, Bobby disguises himself as the great Hungarian Broadway producer, Zangler, and puts on a show to save the theatre.

Judging by the Swan audience’s reactions Mr Chambers has many fans, possibly mostly from watching him scoop the glitter ball trophy in 2008’s Strictly Come Dancing.

While his singing voice isn’t the strongest, he can certainly move, and tapped his way through the show with aplomb.

He also has considerable comedic ability and his drunken scene where he’s face to face with doppelganger Zangler delighted the audience, although on the opening night at Wycombe part of his disguise (his fake beard and moustache) were missing and, for me, somewhat detracted from the mirroring routine.

Claire Sweeney (Brookside, Loose Women) sizzled as Irene Roth, Bobby’s would-be fiancée and Charlotte Wakefield (Sound of Music, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) was suitably cute, energetic and had a lovely singing voice.

Praise should be given to the set designers and lighting team who nimbly turned a New York backdrop to a run-down Deadrock, Nevada complete with rickety balconies, costume trunks and a cavernous, dusty theatre.

It was impressive how the cast of singers and dancers were also the musicians for the show, on stage throughout and nimbly switching instruments as well as providing the backing chorus.

The cast of just 19 filled the stage with colour and excitement in the bigger dance numbers and faded to side-stage to accompany the quieter moments.

While the style of this musical may not appeal to younger audiences, the age-old tale of mistaken identities, heartbreak, happiness lovely tunes and an enthusiastic cast make it well worth checking out.

Especially for anyone who has ever said “they don’t make ‘em like that anymore”. They do.

Crazy for You is at Wycombe Swan until Saturday. February 10. Visit for more details.