Tuesday, April 28, 2009

"Guys and Dolls" Knocking 'em Dead on Broadway, Yet Again!!

As you may or may not know, there’s a new production on Broadway of the classic musical, Guys and Dolls, starring Oliver Platt, Lauren Graham and Craig Bierko. The word thus far has been good and the show is selling extremely well!

Now some may wonder why they should give a hoot. Isn’t this, after all, just another musical? Not really. Some will argue it's the best musical ever! In a part of theater that is generally the province of gay men and straight women, Guys and Dolls is a straight man’s paradise. In fact, it is legendary in my family because it is the first show my grandmother ever persuaded my grandfather to see. How did she do it? She let him know that it involved horse racing and gambling. He still had his doubts, but, by the end of the opening number, “Fugue for Tinhorns,” he was hooked. Here’s the number from the 1955 movie (the movie starred Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra):

That’s not to be confused with “The Hills Are Alive” from The Sound of Music.
Now for a couple of numbers from the 1992 Broadway production. First, Nathan Lane and the priceless Faith Prince as the lovers who have been dating for 14 years, Nathan Detroit and his girl Adelaide: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAkKPPsfZH0&feature=related

That’s two great performers working together with skill and panache.
Finally, here’s a performance on the Tony broadcast for 1992, featuring two songs with extraordinary lyrics, “Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat” featuring Walter Bobbie and “Guys and Dolls” with the entire cast: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XE-vFyGKu0

Lyric writing just doesn’t get any better than “And the devil will drag you under/By the sharp lapels of your checkered coat” or “When you spot a John waiting out in the rain/Chances are he’s insane as only a John can be for a Jane./When you meet a gent paying all kinds of rent/For a flat that could flatten the Taj Mahal./Call it sad, call it funny./But it’s better than even money/That the guy’s only doing it for some doll.” And composers for American musical theater don’t get much better than Frank Loesser.

This current production certainly has the "WOW" factor going for it and if you call now, an Applause Sales Expert can get you a great "Insider Deal". What is an "Insider Deal" you ask? Well it basically saves you lots of $$. You get a ticket below the normal face value of the ticket. What more can you ask for? Call us at 800-451-9930

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