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March 16, 2018
The Fulton’s Guys and Dolls – A Review
For the month of March, Fulton Theatre brings the hustle and bustle of New York City to Lancaster in Guys and Dolls. This Broadway classic is filled with chance, fame, gangsters, and love. Nathan Detroit is planning the city’s next big game under the crucial eyes of his 14-year fiancé Miss Adelaide, and the law. Nathan wants the next big payoff in gambling and in life. Can he find happiness with his guys and his doll?
As the show opens, I immediately recognized Randy Jeter’s velvety voice as Nicely-Nicely Johnson. I knew this show was going to impress with Randy’s voice being one of the first you hear. On top of that, the banter between him, Kevin Faraci (Benny Southstreet), and Mark Aldrich (Rusty Charlie) set the bar for the wit and comedy of the show.
There are two love stories in Guys and Dolls, long time love and new love. Fran Prisco (Nathan Detroit) and Christine Sherrill (Miss Adelaide) epitomize long lasting love with their challenging and comfortable relationship. Kevin Earley (Sky Masterson) and Whitney Winfield (Sarah Brown) prove that opposites attract despite their stubbornness and different lifestyles. They all share love and powerful voices. Each one of them had musical moments that took my breath away.
The remaining cast is equally impressive. They are harmonious, witty, and nimble. The Opening scene is powerful. Havana is explosive and bright. The Crapshooter’s dance is electrifying. Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat will have you singing along and smiling ear to ear. The Happy Ending is exactly that, too.
The talent in Guys and Dolls is astounding. I truly loved this show as a whole versus individual performances and/or moments. Everyone made this show insanely enjoyable. Guys and Dolls is performing now through March 31st. For tickets and show information visit www.thefulton.org or call the box office at 717-397-7425.