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BrumHour saw Guys and Dolls at the invite of The Alexandra.
This week BMOS Musicals, Guys and Dolls director Stephen Duckham spoke to Brum Radio’s Interval Theatre about bringing this musical back to the stage, plus James Gordanifar and Annabel Pilcher discuss playing their characters. Listen below:
By Dave Massey twitter.com/BrumHour
Review: Guys and Dolls at The Alexandra
⭐⭐⭐⭐BMOS Musicals return with a bang!
Directed by Stephen Duckham, music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
Nathan Detroit (Pat Pryce) challenges Sky Masterton (James Gordanifar) to take a date to Cuba, and picks out Sarah Brown (Annabel Pilcher), who works at the local city mission (an active church outreach programme), as the target of this challenge. Meanwhile, Nathan’s long-term fiancé Miss Adelaide (Jo Smith) has told her mother that she and Nathan have been married for the past twelve years and has created a fictional history of their life via letters including children. Also, Nathan and Sky have some gambling issues to deal with.
This is a fun musical with lots of natural humour to be found both in the dialogue and the performances, Annabel Pilcher and James Gordanifar are natural leads with great chemistry in this large ensemble cast. Both Jo Smith and Annabel Pilcher have chances to really show off their vocal talents, whilst Phil Saunders steals every scene he is in as Harry The Horse.
The set slides into place as we switch swiftly from location to location with only the underground sewer feeling out of place. Certainly, it must have won awards as the cleanest sewer in the whole of New York City!
There are a couple of moments where the vocals are tricky to pick out and this seems down to the ambient on-stage sound. I didn’t hear Nathan set up the bet with Sky, though I could tell that was what was happening.
As mentioned in the above audio interviews, BMOS Musicals are a local production company and the majority of the actors and crew have real daytime jobs so to see something of this calibre produced is a real treat. BMOS has been around in some form since 1886! And the gap since their 2019 production of A Christmas Carol is certainly their longest not affected by war!
At two hours and twenty minutes plus interval, the better known songs in the second half save it from flagging, particularly Luck Be A Lady Tonight and Sit Down, Your Rockin’ The Boat. The energy levels of the entire company are more than enough to keep the pace up.
BMOS Musicals return with a bang as Guys and Dolls is at The Alexandra until Saturday 2nd July. Book tickets using BrumHour’s affiliate link >> HERE <<. Discover more about BMOS Musicals here: bmosmusicals.org.