My Fair Lady at Ferneham Hall, Fareham

Tom Chambers as Bobby in Crazy For You. Picture by Richard Davenport

REVIEW: Crazy For You, at Mayflower Theatre in Southampton

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Fareham Musical Society is offering up Lerner and Loewe’s perennial favourite at Ferneham Hall this week.

Presenting the complex relationship between bully Henry Higgins and flower-girl-made-good Eliza Doolittle are husband-and-wife Alan and Mary-Rose Finden. Mr Finden’s experience shows and he manages the characterisation well.

His Higgins is a very unpleasant creation (as is proper!), but Mrs Finden comes as a real surprise. A soprano as clear as glass, very secure in the upper register, and with some lovely acting touches (the Ascot tea scene is just sublime) but she needs to be wary in the early Cockney scenes.

Sometimes the accent is just too much and I often couldn’t understand what the pre-transformation Eliza was saying.

Wezley Sebastian’s choreography has some nice surprises and is mostly well-executed by the cast. For a pleasant evening hearing some favourite old songs put across well, you couldn’t go far wrong with this. Until Saturday.