The entire ensemble is composed of guys and dolls whose talent is of leading role caliber," said Pheasant Run Resort's Theatre director, Diana L. Martinez. What other show could she be speaking of than Frank Loesser's Guys & Dolls, which opens there Feb. 7.
This version of the Damon Runyon-based musical will feature Tom Hennings as Sky Masterson, Joe Garbe as Nathan Detroit, Jennifer Chada as Sarah Brown and Carolyn McPhee as Adelaide. Chada played Evita at St. Charles' Pheasant Run in 1993; Hennings played Curly in their 1995 Oklahoma!.
"Our revival features some incredible musical arrangements, new conceptual interpretations and a fresh, contemporary look," said Martinez. This production is not, however, connected with the recent Broadway revival or its tour. "We've given it a similarly bright, almost cartoonish design, though," director Martinez told Playbill On-Line. "It's a black-box theatre, but we use neon signs to delineate where the characters are, such as Mindy's Diner."
Other special touches to this production include the fact that the Mission band not only play their own instruments live onstage, but have comical bits of business. Orchestrations for the show have been "spiced up a bit," and the song "I'll Know," is done in a somewhat surreal style, with both Sarah and Sky having an introspective moment while the rest of the action freezes around them."
This story of two bachelors, the good women in their lives, and "the oldest established permanent floating crap game in New York" will come to Chicago with songs intact: "Sit Down, You're Rockin' The Boat"; "Luck Be A Lady Tonight" and the title tune. Frank Loesser's other musicals include Fiorello, Most Happy Fella and How To Succeed In Business...
For tickets ($20 show, $38+ show & dinner) and information on Guys & Dolls at Pheasant Run Theatre on Main St. in St. Charles through July 20, call (630) 584-6342.
--By David Lefkowitz