Guys and Dolls
by San Diego Junior Theatre
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser, Book by Jo Swerling
and Abe Burrows, based on a story and characters by Damon Runyon.
When it comes to predicting the odds on love between Guys
and Dolls, all bets are off. Can brazen, cocky gambler Sky Masterson convince
holy roller Sister Sarah Brown to leave her New York Christian mission long
enough to have dinner Ė in Havana? Floating crap game organizer Nathan Detroit
bets an awful lot of lettuce that he canít. But Adelaide, Nathan's fiancť of
fourteen years, warns him too late that no matter how much of a lowlife a guy
is, you can never be too sure some doll won't fall for him. Especially after a
couple glasses of Bacardi-flavored milk in this classic romantic comedy musical
of no-good gamblers and their disapproving dolls who want them to go legit.
Logic says they should never be together, but love overrules all such logical
nonsense and inspires one of the great musical scores including Lucky be a
Lady, Sit Down Youíre Rockiní the Boat, Iíll Know, Iíve
Never Been in Love Before, and the title song.
Diego Junior Theatre remounts the first show I saw there twelve years ago, with Steve
Anthony both directing and designing the choreography for this classic. The
show is set amongst Jay Heisermanís
almost Seussical city set pieces and
lots of David Peltonís eye-catching
is a fun and quirky Nathan Detroit who delivers a heartfelt Sue
Me to his frustrated, eternal fiancť Adelaide. Elizabeth
Morse is a hoot as said fiancť with great expressions and amusing creative
touches throughout including the Lament
of her boyfriend-induced medical condition. Talia
Berkstein is our Sister Sarah, her lovely vocals shining in If
I Were a Bell and her Iíve Never
Been in Love duet with gambler Sky Masterson (Isaac
Brieske), Isaac later leading a dynamic Luck
Be a Lady scene.
Itís a deep cast with talented guys and dolls throughout.
The trifecta of Ben Sutton, A.J.
Foggiano, and Corey Hable lead us through the starting gate with the Fugue
tor Tinhorns, with Ben and A.J. also teaming up for a terrific title song
quinella. Spencer Williams delivers a tender More I Cannot Wish You to Sarah as Arvide. Alexis Park is a hysterical physical comedian as the mission
bandís paranoid cymbals girl who faces the wild world of New Yorkís sinners
with nervous courage and her comforting cymbals always at the ready. The entire
band of mission musicians, residents and tourists of New York City, Hot Box gals
and gambling guys keep the city humming throughout with strong performances from
the opening introduction to big city life to A Bushel and a Peck, the Luck
Be a Lady dice game, and Ben Sutton
leading the cast through a soulful rendition of Sit Down, Youíre Rockiní the Boat.
Performed July 26 - August 11, 2013
Photos by Ken Jacques
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