Guys & Dolls

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Guys & Dolls

One of the favorite musicals performed by theater groups worldwide, Guys & Dolls features music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows.  The story is set around the 20’s/30’s, centered around the seedy world of gambling.  The Upstagers production featured David Graf as Nathan Detroit, Terra Wade as Adelaide, Emily Rodriguez as Sarah and Rob Wade as Sky Masterson.  The challenge for this show–as usual–was casting enough guys.  The guys in this production were up to the task of the singing which involved a fair amount of harmony.  Unfortunately, the group has a difficult enough time locating plenty of guys who are a “triple threat”: accomplished at acting, singing and dancing.  This resulted in subdued choreography for the men.  The story was different, however, for the ladies.  With plenty of chops in all three departments, the girls’ numbers really shown.  Terra’s portrayal of Adelaide was every bit as memorable as Faith Prince’s in the 1992 Broadway revival.  Emily was a new addition to The Upstagers, but clearly was exceptionally talented and superbly cast for the role of Sarah, and went on to star in other memorable shows.

The sets and costumes for Guys & Dolls were a fun creation for the cast, going for a bit more abstract approach to the cityscape and wild colors for the set as well as the costumers–particularly the guys’ suits.  An interesting directorial choice was to somewhat color coordinate Sky and Sarah.  The dancers’ costumes were has flashy and attractive as The Upstagers have become known for, given their limited budget.  Rob Wade also created some new arrangements for this production, including a bit of a solemn piece to end Act I.  The entire cast threw itself into this lighthearted but memorable show and, as has become an all-to-frequent habit, a number of the performers moved away from the area shortly after the play closed (many of The Upstagers are military members or spouses).