San Diego outdoors: Aida, animal tracks, rugby, SUP with dogs, 1800s Old Town, waterski and wakeboard
Indoors: WWI San Diego, complete history of theater, Christopher Plummer, pickles, Van Gogh-Gaughin, Martina McBride
11:50 a.m., June 28
Director/choreographer John Vaughn recreated Susan Stroman's original routines (which begin small, then bloom, then billow). When combined with the Gershwin's extraordinary music, they make for a full evening's entertainment at the Moonlight. Called the "new Gershwin musical," Crazy (1992) is actually the product of Ken Ludwig. He wrote a flimsy book (which is part of the fun): a theater in Deadrock, Nevada, "the armpit of the American West," faces extinction. But maybe, just maybe, not-so-mild-mannered Bobby Child, disguised as superproducer Bela Zangler, could save the day. The set-up lets Jeffrey Scott Parsons's Bobby dance seemingly nonstop, and lets Rose Oulette sing a performer's dream of songs: "Someone to Watch Over Me" and "But Not For Me" among them (she sings them for drama, not beauty, which may offend some, but gives them a fresh, in the moment urgency). Mike Buckley and Randall Dodge make valuable contributions as Bela (especially the famous "mirror scene") and evil-ish Lank Hawkins. For musical director Terry O'Donnell, conducting Gershwin is obviously "nice work if you can get it."