Musical that's sure to rock your boat
Guys and Dolls, Rugby Theatre, June 9 - 16
Even if you don't care much for musicals you'll love Guys and Dolls.
Set on Broadway in the 1940s, the play emerged from the stories of Damon Runyon, was then turned into a musical, and finally a blockbuster film.
It starred Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Junior, Jean Simmons as a straight-laced Salvation Army mission girl, and Vivian Blaine as the show-stealing Hot Box dancer who plays Miss Adelaide - a part Marilyn Monroe tried very hard to win.
For the Rugby show there must have been tough competition for all the parts because this is a sophisticated musical with style, sex appeal and...well, God.
If you don't know the plot I won't spoil it for you.
But set yourself this conundrum: What would a high-rolling gambler who travels through America playing in illegal games - a man so addicted to bets that he would take odds on which of two raindrops falling down a window would hit the sill first - what would this man possibly have in common with a forceful tambourine-banging Christian?
The timeless songs by Frank Loesser - Luck Be A Lady, Sue Me, Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat, I'll Know (when my man comes along); Fugue for Tinhorns and Adelaide's Lament are sophisticated heaven.
For tickets go to: http://www.rugbytheatre.co.uk/
Pictured: Some of the cast in rehearsal (left to right): David Bennett, Kevin Bright, Aaron Evans, Pete Herring, Gwyn Wright, Alex Yorke, Roy Healey, Joseph Jones, Steve Fordham, Tim Sell, and Ashley Slater