Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

It Must Be Crazy

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

It Must Be Crazy

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Byline: By Keith Newton Evening Gazette

When the Tees Valley's top two theatres announced they had booked a lavish musical featuring Melanie Stace, there was no need to announce the title.

Melanie has such a huge following in this area that it could only be one show. It had to be the grand, romantic musical Crazy For You - a description that sums up theatre fans' thoughts on the star herself.

This sumptuous production with a cast of 40 makes its first entry for the week from Monday. First destination is the Forum Theatre at Billingham. It reaches Darlington Civic in August.

It is the biggest show in every way ever to play the Forum and comes on a tour that started last October and, after a pantomime break, is back on until the end of the summer.

"It's great," says Melanie. "It's got George Gershwin's wonderful music and I get to act and sing and dance. I have lots of dancing - I have to tap to I Got Rhythm."

She plays Polly Baker, the theatre manager's daughter, who is the only woman in a town of 800. "It's a new production and I'm having fun with it.

"It's all about me proving myself to myself again. It's so energetic, it's the best diet in the world, an incredible way to keep fit."

Melanie leapt to fame with television's Generation Game opposite Jim Davidson but has been seen in lots of other productions and has toured to this area in musicals and comedies.

"It's what I have always wanted to do," she says. The show has been in London's West End and so has she. She was in Copacabana and the Hot Shoe Show too.

"I always think I'm very lucky. I'm allowed to pick and choose the parts I want to play. I have a passion for musical theatre so I can have the big roles in big musicals.

"I think when people don't want to come and see me is the time to give it up.

"I love making these characters real and you should stop doing it when you stop loving it."

She does concerts and has an album out too. "I'm doing what my ambition was, I've reached my goal," she says.

"I don't say No to offers but I'm very smug at the moment in a nice way."

Melanie also genuinely likes touring. …

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