Crazy for You at the Muny
Crazy for You is exactly the sort of musical the Muny was built for; with its big song-and-dance numbers and romantic gooeyness, there's enough size (and screwball comedy) for the back row, and no real plot to confuse Grandma. A remake of a Gershwin musical called Girl Crazy, Crazy for You is a silly story of would-be lovers with lively dancing, bold sets, showgirls and songs you know, including "Someone to Watch Over Me," "I Got Rhythm" and "Nice Work if You Can Get It." Watching this one is like curling up on the sofa and enjoying a Turner Classic Movies flick with your guy or gal -- innocent fun for guilty times (8:15 p.m. Monday, July 28, through Sunday, August 3, $8-$54, Forest Park, 314-361-1900). -- Byron Kerman
Dismissed as Coincidence
Conspiracy theories gives us a little frisson here in the ever-lovin' RFT Calendar department. So you know we felt that ol' tingle when we heard that a certain blind musician named Carolinn Skyler would be heading to the Lou to play an instrument called a "glass armonica"; that this instrument, a five-foot-long set of 61 rotating, concentric bowls played by rubbing wet fingers on glass, was invented by the mysterious Ben Franklin (a Freemason, naturally); that the manufacturer of this particular giant instrument, Gerhard Finkenbeiner, was a Benjamin Franklin look-alike; and that Finkenbeiner disappeared four years ago while piloting his small plane somewhere in Massachusetts. Give us a bong and some music by the Orb and let the theorizin' begin!
Skyler generates some wild, eerie noises with her armonica and the mighty Compton Heights Concert Band at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at Francis Park (Eichelberger Street at Donovan Avenue, free), and at the same time Monday, July 28, at Tower Grove Park (Tower Grove at Magnolia avenues, free, 314-776-2227, www.chband.org). -- Byron Kerman