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Guys and Dolls

Joe Swerling and Abe Burrows; based on story and characters of Damon Runyon; music and lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sunderland Empire and touring
(2007)

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For the one hundred years celebration of one of the country's finest theatres we are offered one of the greatest musicals of all time. Guys And Dolls comes direct from the West End to Sunderland. The Sunderland Empire Theatre has survived world wars to bring the North East the best in theatre for a century. With Guys And Dolls they are defiantly keeping to that tradition!

From one of the best musical composers in musical theatre, Frank Loesser, and It's A Wonderful Life writer Jo Swerling, comes the great musical Guys And Dolls. Slick street-smart Nathan Detroit and his fiancé of fourteen years Miss Adelaide are struggling to find the right time for marriage. Will it be after his next big scam? Sky Masterson is the ultimate gambler: can he pull of the biggest bet with Sister Sarah? Only some dice, a trip to Havana and a prayer meeting will tell!

With TV names Alex Ferns and Samantha Janus leading the cast list, there is not an ounce of upstaging to be had! The brightest shining star of the show is...the show itself. However every single member of cast ooze wise guy class, keeping the outstanding energy and comedy of this show going at all times. They dance stunning dances, sing some of the greatest show tunes of all time and, boy do they know how to sit down when they are rocking the boat!

The choreography is just prefect, every toe tapping number topping the next. With so many great numbers on offer, the stage is alight with hot numbers, but none hotter than Havana! The passion and fire of Cuba was burning in Sunderland!

It has to be said that it's about time this show was back touring the country! Musicals don't get much better than Guys And Dolls: once blessed by Sinatra and Brando, this musical is the one to see on tour. Thanks to the Donmar this is a gem that is here to dazzle just for you!

Reviewer: Wayne Miller