Guys and Dolls
Guys and Dolls – Theater Review
Oliver Platt and Lauren Graham star in the revival of this classic musical!Telling the story of a group of small-time gamblers and the ladies in their lives, Guys and Dolls features a classic score by Frank Loesser, including the songs “Luck Be a Lady,” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat”.
I must tell you up front, Guys and Dolls is one of my favorite all time musicals. I think it is probably one of the four or five best ones ever written. It seems undated. The songs are wonderful; Luck Be a Lady, Marry the Man Today, Follow the Fold, Take Back Your Mink, I’ve got the horse right here–the whole thing. The point being, I went in expecting this to be fabulous, and I am a true Oliver Platt groupie. This was a major disappointment. As far as I’m concerned, for a musical comedy to work, you have to care about the characters. There has to be humanity. There has to be recognizable people or it’s people doing something silly, like singing as opposed to living their lives. This has not one speck of humanity except for the grandfather, who sings I Wish You Love. For the rest of them, I don’t know if they are overcome by the scenery, which is fabulous, but huge, or the direction or miscast, or I don’t know what the problem was. But, it makes you long for pure Peter Gallagher and Faith Prince. Nobody was horrible, but none of it worked. And, for a $165 a ticket it should work. The good news, the music is fabulous. The sets are huge, overwhelming, probably inappropriate, but amazing. The dancing will blow your socks off, but Guys and Dolls didn’t make the grade.