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Guys and Dolls, Leeds Grand Theatre

Published by: GRAHAM CLARK on 4th Jun 2016 | View all blogs by GRAHAM CLARK

In the age of newer musicals such as Mama Mia and The Bodyguard it is refreshing to see that musicals such as Guys and Dolls that is set in the 1940's is still packing out theatres on it's current UK tour.

The costumes and dancing are magical and you leave the theatre with a smile on your face as there is a great deal of comedy throughout the evening.

Set in New York the story is about Sister Sarah Brown of a New York Mission group who tries to save the souls of sinners and gamblers. One such gambler is Nathan Detroit (played with charm by Maxwell Caulfield) who cannot resist a card game; this cool character reminded me of Top Cat! His long standing girlfriend of 14 years is Miss Adelaide (Lucy Jane Adcock) who gets frustrated by the length of their romance without any wedding plans on the horizon.

Master gambler, Sky Masterson (Richard Fleeshman), takes up the offer of a bet from Nathan Detroit that he cannot get Sister Sarah Brown on a plane for a day trip to Havana.

Of course Masterson uses his charm to seduce Sister Sarah Brown and get her to Cuba. She thinks it is all romance and is unaware that she is part of a betting scheme. The chemistry between the two actors was superb; her innocence matched with the suave yet shady Masterson was a highlight of the show. Richard Fleeshman has a good voice, too, and he can certainly hold a tune.

With the threat of the Mission being closed down, all the other gamblers along with Sky Masterson and Nathan Detroit go along as sinners to boost the numbers to save the Mission (ironically).

The costumes are spectacular; never more so when we are whisked off to Cuba! The songs such as Havana and Luck Be A Lady will have you singing along long after you have left the theatre.

Special mention should go to sidekicks Nicely-Nicely Johnson (Jack Edwards) and Benny Southstreet (Mark Sangster) who complemented each other much like Laurel and Hardy.

This is is a feel good musical that is timeless and one that young and not so young will appreciate, there is so much in it for everyone.

Appearing at The Kings Theatre, Glasgow from Tuesday 7 June 2016


1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 2 years ago
    Thanks for your review, Graham.
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