Guys & Dolls crack
From its launch with a production of ‘Oklahoma’ at the old Shaftesbury Theatre in 1984, Promenade Productions has been unqualified success staging a traditional family pantomime each January and a fully staged musical in July.
This summer’s show Guys and Dolls with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser is a show with charm, humour, romance and vitality. It is one of the greatest musicals of all time, featuring such ‘classics’ as Luck be a Lady Tonight, Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat If I were a bell, A Bushel and a Peck and of course the title song, Guys and Dolls.
Set in New York in the early fifties, the story tells on the one hand of the frantic measures undertaken by Nathan Detroit to set up an illegal gambling game under the beady eyes of the Police Department, and on the other hand the ineffectual attempts of Sarah Brown of the Save-A-Soul mission to redeem the low-life of Manhattan.
Now over half a century old, the enduring success of ‘Guys and Dolls’ is due to the colourful inhabitants of the New York streets which give the show excitement, realism, razzmatazz, and the 17 great songs written by one of the masters of American popular music, Frank Loesser. The richly individual collection of songs have given audiences a bit of everything: from love duets to the gamblers the rattling and rolling ‘Luck be a Lady’, Sarah’s tipsy ditty on her Havana away-day ‘If I were a Bell’, and a burlesque song for the not very repentant crap players. Sarah serenades her ideal man while Sky serenades New York. The gamblers too serenade the oldest-established permanent crap game in New York while Adelaide, Nathan’s always fiancee never bride, leads the girls of her Hot Box Club in ‘Take back your Mink’ and ‘A Bushel and a Peck’ and sniffles out a hilarious Lament over her interminably delayed nuptials and tackles her back-sliding partner in ‘Sue Me’ and ultimately joins Sarah in plotting - what?
What is certain is that GUYS and DOLLS is a safe bet for an enjoyable evening’s entertainment
Heading the production with a large and talented cast of local thespians will be husband and wife team John Pannett, Director and Heather Newman, Choreographer. The full orchestra will be under the baton of David Manifold.
This season the society are holding a gala evening on the first night in aid of the Salvation Army, Cheltenham Corps.
Guys and Dolls will be at The Bacon Theatre, Hatherley Road Cheltenham from Wednesday 13th to Saturday 16th July 2011. Evening performances at 7.30, Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.
To book tickets contact Promenade Productions at
Showcase on: 01242 224144
Or visit the website: www.showcaseonline.co.uk