Gamblers, gangsters and nightclub singers mingle together in 1950s New York in Guys & Dolls, Frank Loesser, Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows’ ‘musical fable of Broadway’, which returned to London in concert form for just three performances at the Royal Albert Hall.
This semi-staged concert performance of Frank Loesser’s classic musical Guys & Dolls fully captures the spirit of the story and the characters that leaves you beaming from ear to ear.
For the show to soar, all that is needed is a faultless cast – thus the greatest plaudits in this production belong to director/choreographer Nick Winston and his casting director Anne Vosser for having assembled some of the nation’s finest musical theatre talent to create this sensational revival.
This Guys and Dolls is the perfect feel-good Christmas production. Playing out in-the-round on the Royal Exchange’s iconic stage, you’ll be left with a spring in your step and a smile on your face long after leaving the theatre. This is a performance that should not be missed.
This Christmas director Michael Buffong transports GUYS AND DOLLS uptown to 1939 Harlem in the UK’s first all-black cast production of this iconic 1950 Broadway musical classic, which has been reimagined and developed with the award-winning hip-hop dancer and choreographer Kenrick ‘H20’ Sandy.
I had high hopes for this first-full-London-staging-in-50-years production of How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.
The mix of Damon Runyon’s characters with Frank Loesser’s music has always been hugely popular and this vibrant production, directed by Gordon Greenberg brings it bang up to date with punchy scene changes and an effervescent energy that carries us from overture to bows!
The current London cast of Gordon Greenberg’s Chichester production of Guys and Dolls, recently moved across town to the Phoenix Theatre, is a delight. This company’s polished excellence give a delightful treatment of Frank Loesser’s words and tunes, themselves a carefully crafted tribute to Damon Runyon’s Broadway fables.
Gambolling gamblers: A story of gamblers, good girls and good time girls on the streets of New York, the touring production of Guys and Dolls isn’t a gamble if you’re after a good time.
It is a sound idea that has seen Chichester Festival Theatre send their acclaimed 2014 production of Guys and Dolls on the road. The UK tour that commenced in Manchester in November last year is now making a three-month stop at London’s Savoy and it proves fun to re-visit some of this productions more inspired moments
The 2016 West End season got off to a rollicking start this week with Wednesday’s opening of Guys and Dolls, the latest Chichester Festival transfer to the Savoy Theatre, which follows fast on the heels of the last CFT transfer of another Broadway musical revival, Gypsy. It was a surprisingly star-studded, red carpet affair for the first week in January.
History-Boy-made-good Jamie Parker is beyond excellent, refining Sky Masterson with a crisp intelligence and occasional glimpses of hesitant motive and the inner workings of a genuinely three dimensional character that completely escaped Brando in the movie.
We owe the phrase “you won’t succeed on Broadway if you don’t have any Jews” to Spamalot – so it only officially entered the theatrical lexicon circa 2005 when the Monty Python musical opened on Broadway (and I first heard it live a year later, when it had its West End premiere at the Palace […]
Clarke Peters doesn’t appear in the official Darren Bell rehearsal photo set for How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, which might explain why he fluffed so many times, lost his place in the script and kept laughing at the other actors’ gags – maybe he hadn’t heard them before?
Royal Festival Hall, London – 19 May 2015
There must be something in the Thames as it flows around the bend of Waterloo Bridge that enchants the work of Frank Loesser. Back in the 1980s the National Theatre gave the capital a groundbreaking Guys and Dolls and this week, for one night only, Jonathan Butterell directed a sensational production of Loesser’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (almost) next door at the Royal Festival Hall.