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BWW Review: Musical Theatre West Bets on Charming New Production of GUYS AND DOLLSBWW Review: Musical Theatre West Bets on Charming New Production of GUYS AND DOLLS
by Michael Quintos - Feb 27, 2018

Buoyantly bright, unabashedly old-fashioned, and yet irresistibly enjoyable, Musical Theatre West's new production of GUYS AND DOLLS manages to preserve its infamous old-school charms without making it unapproachable for 21st Century audiences. For the most part, MTW's new local revival looks and sounds like a wonderful throwback to this musical's roots, recreated reverently as if to reiterate all of its smile-inducing properties to be enjoyed by both traditionalists and newbies alike. From Frank Loesser's timeless music and lyrics (which includes now standards 'Luck Be A Lady,' and 'I've Never Been in Love') to the cheeky-for-its-time book by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling, this GUYS AND DOLLS places much of its bets on the show's built-in, inherent nostalgia, performed well by its energetic, highly enthusiastic cast. (more...)

BWW Review: MTW Presents a Definitive GUYS AND DOLLSBWW Review: MTW Presents a Definitive GUYS AND DOLLS
by Don Grigware - Feb 20, 2018

Guys and Dolls/music & lyrics by Frank Loesser/book by Joe Swerling and Abe Burrows/based on stories by Damon Runyon/directed by Mark Martino/musical director: Benet Braun/choreographer: Daniel Smith/Musical Theatre West (MTW),Long Beach/through March 4 My first association with musical composer Frank Loesser was as an actor in the 70s in a revue of his music. I played Sky Masterson of Guys and Dolls and sang a duet of 'I've Never Been In Love Before'. I came to realize quite rapidly how lovely his music is and how well he manages to capture the moment of genuine emotion within a song. Upon seeing Guys and Dolls several times since, I have been awestruck as well by Abe Burrows' and Joe Swerling's ability to take Damon Runyon's New York Broadway characters from the 20s and 30s and blow them up into something overwhelmingly moving and appealing. The two worlds of sin and redemption have never been connect (more...)