Monday, November 18, 2013

"Guys and Dolls" brings the 50's back to Bayside: REVIEW

This weekend  I saw a delightful production of  Guys and Dolls presented by  Theatre By The Bay, the Community Theater Group of Bay Terrace Jewish Center in Bayside, Queens, New York.This spectacular production with a bubbly ensemble, opened on Saturday, November 2, 2013. The performance ran for three weekends and closed on Sunday, November 17, 2013.

Guys and Dolls, is a musical with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows.  It is based on The Idyll of Sarah Brown and Blood Pressure, two short stories by New York writer, Damon Runyon. The play also borrows characters from Runyon's other short story Pick the Winner. The play was directed by Lawrence F. Bloom, an amazing long standing director with Theatre By The Bay.

The talent crammed onto the stage was spellbinding. Andria Amarosa, playing the character of  Sarah Brown, shined as she dazzled the audience with her stunning operatic voice.  Amarosa performed her musical numbers seamlessly. My favorites for the night were "I'll Know", "I've Never Been in Love Before," and
 " If I Were a Bell" where she incorporated a charming dance.

The lovely Lila Edelkind sparkled as the whimsical Miss Adelaide, performing each musical number with ease. Swathed in beautiful dresses reminiscent of the 50's by costumer Chery Manniello, she displayed excellent vocal interpretation and comedic timing on "Adelaide's Lament" and confident swing as she sashayed through a tastefully done strip tease on "Take Back Your Mink."

Other memorable numbers of the night included "Luck Be A Lady"  performed by Eli Koening as Sky Masterson and ensemble, "Sue Me"  by Edelkind and John Canning as Nathan Detroit, "Marry The Man Today" by Amarosa and Edelkind and "Sit Down You're Rocking The Boat" a profoundly energetic and uplifting performance by Mark Solkoff as Nicely-Nicely Johnson and ensemble.

Overall Guys and Dolls was a crowd-pleaser, filled with excellent performers, comedy, timeless songs and all around great entertainment. I look forward to the next production by Theatre By The Bay which will be Anything Goes, March 2014.

Lila Edelkind as Miss Adelaide
Mark Solkoff as Nicely-Nicely Johnson

John Canning as Nathan Detroit
Eli Koening as Sky Masterson

Andria Amorosa as Sarah Brown

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