Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Grandage Guys And Dolls Set For Great White Way

Grandage Guys And Dolls Set For Great White Way

According to Andrew Gans of Playbill, the brilliant West End revival of Frank Loesser's classic Guys And Dolls directed by Michael Grandage is officially set for a Broadway berth in February 2008. This will mark the musical's fourth Great White Way revival; the show first hit the boards in 1950.

Regular readers will recall how much I loved this revival -- it doesn't hurt that the musical itself ranks as one of my personal favorite musicals of all time; after all, it's real Broadway-based show. Of course, when I had a chance to see it in London during the fall of 2005, it starred Ewan McGregor as Sky Masterson and Jane Krakowski as Miss Adelaide. No word yet on who will take on those roles stateside -- the casting notice would suggest that the production will take a color-blind approach, which makes it even more intriguing.

With captivating choreography by Rob Ashford and Grandage's exhilarating and fresh direction, this is sure to be one of the top shows of the 2007-08 Theatrical Season.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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At 07 June, 2007, Anonymous Esther said...

Oh wow, I'm looking forward to this. I just saw the movie for the first time a few days ago, and I really enjoyed it. Seeing the young, handsome Brando is always a revelation!

The movie is a lot of fun, with really memorable characters. But I was thinking as I watched it that the big song and dance numbers would be great to see on stage.

So, any thoughts on who you'd like to see? I was looking at a list of who starred in previous revivals, and there have have been some great casts over the years. I'd love to have seen it with Nathan Lane and Peter Gallagher or Bob Hoskins.

At 11 June, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Esther, The film version is nothing when compared to this glorious stage production or the last Broadway revival with Messrs. Gallagher and Lane, along with the wonderful -- and woefully underutilized Faith Prince.

I'm hoping that if the Broadway incarnation of Grandage's production can't star Ewan McGregor or Jane Krakowski that it can include some bona fide Great White Way names rather than resorting to Hollywood types. After all, this show is a valentine to Broadway.


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