LIVE: Guys and Dolls @ Berkshire Stage Company [Berkshire on Stage]

(photo by Kevin Sprague)

(photo by Kevin Sprague)

This is the one, the classic that Barrington Stage Company was born to do. Guys and Dolls succeeds where musicals and plays about nobler characters fall short. This down-to-earth show was first penned in 1950 and took Broadway by storm. Its magical ingredients are the perfect concoction of words, music, dance and story. It all begins with a bet, and from there on we are off to the races, so to speak.

The show focuses on a quartet of characters. Nathan Detroit (Michael Thomas Holmes) is trying to stay a step ahead of the police and find a place to hold his craps game. He needs front money and bets another gambler, Sky Masterson (Matthew Risch), that he can’t persuade Save-A-Soul missionary sister Sarah Brown (Morgan James) to go with him to Cuba. Meanwhile, Nathan is doing his best to stay outside the matrimonial clutches of his long-suffering fiancée, Miss Adelaide (Leslie Kritzer).

The creators of Guys and Dolls – Frank Loesser (music and lyrics) and Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows (Book) – called the show a “Fable of Broadway” and its recreation of life on the street is naive, impulsive, self-centered, and lively. Gamblers and gangsters mix it up with molls and missionaries, propelled along by one of the sprightliest musical scores ever written.

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