Reagle Music Theatre kicks off its 47th season with a rock solid production of GUYS AND DOLLS (playing through June 21st). This is the kind of high energy show Reagle does best. With crisp music direction by Dan Rodriguez, dazzling choreography by Rachel Bertone and smart stage direction from David Hugo, each character adds its own spark to Damon Runyan’s colorful world of high stakes gamblers and their gullible “dolls.”
Frank Loesser’s songs are “back to back aces” with stellar performances from Lori L’Italien as the coughing, wheezing Miss Adelaide, from Brad Peloquin as an especially endearing Nicely-Nicely (whose “Sit Down” number rocks that boat like gangbusters) and from Brent Barrett as the dashing high roller who puts all his money on “Lady Luck” but loses his heart to Mara Bonde’s Salvation Army doll.
Scott Wahle gets laughs as a frenetic Nathan Detroit and Rick McDermod scores extra points as Big Julie but it’s the ensemble who light up the stage in the incomparable production numbers: The high flying dancers behind Barrett in the sewer scene make the whole number pop with crowded excitement. Don’t miss your chance to see GUYS AND DOLLS the way it ought to be done!