BWW Review: GUYS AND DOLLS at Broadway Palm is Lively and Light!
GUYS AND DOLLS at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre tells two different love stories; one between a missionary, Sarah Brown, and a Broadway gambler, Sky Masterson, and the other between Miss Adelaide, a singer at the Hot Box nightclub, and Nathan Detroit, the operator of the "world's largest floating crap game."
Blaire Baker plays Sarah Brown, and I really enjoyed seeing her character's evolution from being reluctant about her emotions toward Sky Masterson to becoming more open and realizing her feelings, even if she has a hard time deciding whether to act on them. Sky Masterson is played by Grayson Yockey, and like Baker's Sarah Brown, I also enjoyed seeing his character evolve, though he learned about becoming more serious about love, compromise, and pursuit.
Sarah Mae Banning plays Miss Adelaide, and I liked learning more about the depth of her character as the show progressed; she simply wants to get married and have the life she has always dreamed of with the man she loves, but it's hard for her to accept his lifestyle. It's a very bittersweet story, really, and Banning plays this role excellently. Peter Riopelle plays opposite of her as Nathan Detroit, and he did a fantastic job portraying Nathan's reluctance to get married.
GUYS AND DOLLS is a classic, well-known show, and this production of it was done very, very well. The entire ensemble really made the show; all the singing and dancing was thoroughly entertaining, and I have to give Choreographer Amy Marie McCleary credit for the excellent choreography.
If you haven't seen this musical comedy before, or even if you have, definitely check out GUYS AND DOLLS while it's playing at Broadway Palm. Though light-hearted, there are plenty of important lessons about love to be learned from GUYS AND DOLLS. It is overall a very fun show, and with musical numbers such as "Guys and Dolls," "Luck Be A Lady," and so many more, you can bet you'll have a great time seeing this fantastic cast roll the dice.
GUYS AND DOLLS is playing at Broadway Palm now through March 30. Performances are Wednesday through Sunday, with select matinees. Ticket prices range from $45 to $70, with discounts for children and parties of 20 or more. Advance reservations are required and tickets can be reserved by calling (239) 278-4422, by visiting BroadwayPalm.com, or by stopping by the box office at 1380 Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers, FL.