Guys And Dolls is summed up by the title – the accent being on all American characters with street-wise sensibilities, interacting, intersinging with a lot of gusto and sensitivity in equal measure. Another hit from director Elsie Kelly, musical director Tricia Gaskell and choreographer Charlotte Elverstone.
Nathan Detroit, played by Chris Simmons, is a good bet from start to finishwith his on-stage chemistry with the wonderfully whimsical Miss Adelaide thanks to Linzi Stefanov. They have been engaged for 14 years and this scenario provides some fine, on-going comic moments. Their balance of fun and games is a joy throughout. When she said ‘goils’ for girls you would believe she is from the Bronx.
Called a Fable of Broadway with its colourful language and charactera to match… it is a modern day musical classic. Moody Sky Masterson (Tony Prince) soon learns the error of his ways by first trapping then falling for sergeant Sarah Brown – a good soul in the very capable hands of Jessica Walters.Their trip to Havana and the cocktail sketch is sparkling.
The theme of redemption is a popular one in musicals, whether romantic, financial or spiritual. Here it forms the basis of the plot while seven strong dancers, the Hot Box Girls, provide fabulous song and dance routines in the nightclub of the same name. A large cast tick all the boxes, individually and collectively.
Guys And Dolls, of course, is awash with great, catchy songs including; Luck Be A Lady Tonight; I’ve Never Been In Love Before and Sit Down – You’re Rocking The Boat. There is real zeal in each scene of the two acts.
The versatility of the company shines through, especially on the comedy scene in the mission hall and the fun finale.
Well worth a visit, ya all, to this “off Broadway” BOST outing.
LEISURE, 16th May 2014