Singing gangsters with the hearts of pussycats
GUYS And Dolls is the classic of all musicals. It has been going for years but I had not seen it for some time.
Different theatre companies bring their own adaptations. This one came from the amateur artistes of Canterbury Operatic Society, but amateur it was not.
Larger than life characters burst onto the stage: Nathan Detroit; Sky Masterson; Harry the Horse; Liver Lips Louis; Angie the Ox, all in pinstripe suits with brogues and Trilby hats, playing bad guys with pussycat hearts.
The Hot Box Dolls were up for grabs but nightclub star Miss Adelaide still waits to be Nathan's bride. When the Save the Soul Mission band takes to the streets looking to convert, Sky meets Sergeant Sarah Brown and it could be love.
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Miss Adelaide's dog Pearl was a big hit. In the second half, the Yorkie walked to the front of the stage, stuck its nose in the air, stared at the audience for a minute, gave a bored nod and walked off centre stage left.
The audience were in raptures but Adelaide and Sarah just carried on regardless. Very professional.
The show had all the best known songs: Luck Be A Lady; Sit Down You're Rocking The Boat and I've never been in Love Before.
The large cast was sensational, all with splendid vocals. The backdrops were amazing and the movement and change very slick. I really enjoyed the gals' tap routine, too.
Canterbury Operatic Society captured the wit and entertaining story.
I will be watching out for its next production.