So there I was, alive and kicking at Starlight Theatre last night…
When the breeze kicked in, the temps dropped blessedly from 97 degree weenie roast weather to something approaching liveable. But by song #7 – the theme to “Guys & Dolls” – the constant lightning and thunder rolling in began to frighten the assembled masses. (The true chickens in the audience walked out early, during Adelaide’s Lament, about psychosomatic illnesses. Figures.)
Management suspended the show and it was later declared a rain out.
Too bad, because Guys and Dolls IS the undisputed best American musical ever.
Oh and, sorry, Harley–I was NOT struck by lightning. But even the props in the best song in the musical – “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat” – would have sank or capsized had the show gone on.
Now take my advice and try to see it before it closes Sunday.
The weekend forecast is clear. You’ll know many of the songs, including "Sue Me," "Luck Be a Lady Tonight," and Craig Glazer’s theme song: "I’ve Never Been in Love Before."
Guys and Dolls is a romantic comedy based on New York City in the 1940’s. Nathan Detroit is hunting for a place for the (sing it with me now in barbershop harmony) “oldest remaining permanent floating crap game in New York,” while stringing along Miss Adelaide, his fiancée of 14 years. Craig could nail this part. Frank Sinatra played him in the movie. Detroit, not Glazer. But then, Craig could also play Sky Masterson, suave gambler courting Miss Sarah Brown, a prude who runs the local Salvation Army. He wins the $1,000 bet by taking her to Havana for dinner.
The actor/singers at Starlight are prime players from Broadway’s best shows.
I’d list their names, but who cares. An ape could do this. You can’t screw it up. I’ve seen Guys & Dolls five times, including 1992 on Broadway with Nathan Lane as Nathan Detroit. He was so obsessed with being cast to play this part, he changed his name from Joseph Lane to Nathan Lane. True story.
I saw the play at the New Theatre in the late 90’s, I think. When they brought in the $200,000 costumes from a NY revival. Zuit suits in day-glo colors. Awesome–best ever. Whereas the costumes at Starlight were a bit drab and boring.
Oh well, with perfect music and good microphones, who cares?
The Starlight sets were knockout, using the oversized stage and grand lighting to best advantage. And I loved the dames who paraded out two plastic Cavalier King Charles spaniels on sticks. (Like at the Missouri State Fair if Mission Hills matrons were to attend.)
The singing was in tune and sassy.
And even if the cast somehow forget the lyrics, the audience could just leap onstage or shout out the words from their seats. Like they do at the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Only the Starlight crowd don’t travel with Bic lighters, just ponchos. If they’re smart.
So yes, Hearne was right–I should have taken a poncho.
You can always sit on it and the new seats are very comfy and have drink holders. However, wine is $10 and lemonade (at the stands that stock it) is $6.50. And you’re not allowed to open your umbrellas.
Tickets start at $10, so take your gal to Guys and Dolls –and remember what I told you — you will get laid.