Reagle Music Theatre’s colorful, exciting production of ‘Guys and Dolls’ shows there is no bigger gamble than love.
With sleek silhouettes that portray the hustle and bustle of New York City as the show opens, commanding performances, and brilliant, classic American standards, Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston hearkens to an era of smooth talkers and unforgettable dames. Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston’s musical comedy, ‘Guys and Dolls’ is worth the gamble. Take a closer look at ‘Guys and Dolls’ in the slideshow!
Performances continue through Sunday, June 21. Click here for tickets and visit reaglemusictheatre.com for more information!
New York City gambler Sky Masterson, portrayed with a suave smirk and an indelible confidence by Brent Barrett, makes the bet of his life as he agrees to take out a conservative Salvation Army girl Sarah Brown, portrayed with guarded, graceful dignity by Mara Bonde. This musical comedy delivers a romantic story and a moral struggle. Brent Barrett and Mara Bonde blend beautifully together in song and snappy chemistry. Their rich vocal harmony is especially captivating during the numbers, ‘I’ll Know’ and ‘I’ve Never Been in Love Before.’ Both actors have performed with several famous symphonies, including the Boston Pops. They exhibit a sweet rapport and a sizzling dance during a gorgeous scene in Havana. With a romantically lit background aloft palm trees and flickering lights, Sky and Sarah share a sizzling dance, as women wear multicolored skirts, sway and shimmy in Havana scene.
Behind Sky’s bet is double talking and irrepressibly charming Nathan Detroit, portrayed with meticulous comic timing by local personality, Scott Wahle. Scott has a natural flair for this particular era and sinks his teeth right into this role. With a winning smile and furrowed brow whether scheming or pleading, Scott is at ease with the cast and particularly funny with Rick McDermod as Big Jule, a towering wise guy with a gruff voice, and fascinating with his lady love, Miss Adelaide.
Lori L’Italien portrays dancer and Nathan’s airy, quirky lady love, Miss Adalaide. With a deep, New York accent and a high pitched nasal, Lori masterfully portrays this endearing blonde. She has Lucille Ball vivaciousness and her comic timing with Scott is perfectly in sync. Both naive and a bit of a spitfire, Lori depicts Adelaide as a complicated character. Not only is she delightful in flirty and dazzling scenes with her fellow, shimmying dancers at the Hot Box, but she shines in ‘Adalaide’s Lament’ and in a sweet duet with Nathan in ‘Sue Me.’
The Pulitzer prize-winning ‘Guys and Dolls’ showcase a number of songs that have stood the test of time and they are brought to thrilling life with bright sets by Richard E. Schreiber, sophisticated costumes by Kansas City Costumes, and sizzling choreography by Rachel Bertone. From a romantically lit background aloft palm trees and flickering lights in Havana as dancers shimmy and sway in bright, multicolored costumes to flickering, color changing backdrops as dancers in pinstriped and plaid suits twist and leap in excitement as they roll the dice, ‘Guys and Dolls’ is a visual stunner. Brad Peloquin as shy, Nicely, Nicely Johnson brings down the house with the catchy ‘Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat’ and Brett Barrett brings the show stopping classic, ‘Luck Be a Lady’ to a whole new level.
Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston continues the dashing musical comedy, ‘Guys and Dolls’ through Sunday, June 21! Performances are held at the Robinson Theatre, 617 Lexington Street in Waltham, Massachusetts. Click here for tickets, call 1-781-891-5600, visit reaglemusictheatre.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.