By Ben Rimalower
22 Feb 2014
|Photo by Martha Swope|
Guys & Dolls directed by Jerry Zaks, 1992
Following in the footsteps of his own smash hit Lincoln Center Theater revival of Anything Goes (which falls, tragically, outside my stretch of theatregoing years, and, therefore, the bounds of this list), Jerry Zaks brought another Golden Age Broadway musical comedy swirling to life with Guys & Dolls. Zaks's secret to success was a candy-colored world crackling with hilarity that somehow still seemed real and captured a romantic longing for love and life and the Big Apple. Towering at the center of this world were larger-than-life, yet completely truthful, performances from Nathan Lane and Faith Prince as Nathan Detroit and Miss Adelaide, immediately establishing Lane and Prince as Broadway musical megastars of the highest wattage. The rest of the cast was wonderful — as was the choreography, the orchestrations and every element of this joyous theatrical experience.Continued...