Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls: I’ve been in two minds about this revival. I really wanted it to work, but nothing I’ve heard about it has indicated that it does. Watching this clip, the first thing that hits me – besides the sound problems – is that the projections just don’t work. It makes the whole thing look like something out of a (rather cheap) revue. I’m also reminded what a great number this is. But this arrangement doesn’t work as well for me as the one used in the 1992 revival. Sure, Tituss Burgess can sing crazy high, as they say, and Mary Testa cuts loose (in a way that I don’t think works for the period or the character). But I don’t think this really makes the number – or the show, for that matter – any better. Oh well..

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