Guys and Dolls
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Cast & Creative
|Nicely-Nicely Johnson||John Tustin|
|Benny Southstreet||Tony Bogod|
|Rusty Charlie||Jim Trimmer|
|Sarah Brown||Marie Creed|
|Arvide Abernathy||Iain Calder|
|Mission Band||Ray Pitt|
|Mission Band||Marion Pitt|
|Mission Band||Margaret Collier|
|Harry the Horse||Andrew Powell|
|Lt. Brannigan||Bob Salter|
|Nathan Detroit||Martin Elliff|
|Miss Adelaide||Patti Bottomley|
|Sky Masterson||Chris Warden|
|Joey Biltmore||Colin Keel|
|Hot Box MC||Dave Simpson|
|General Matilda B Cartwright||Trish Vandepeer|
|Big Jule||Kevin Vaughan-Smith|
|Hot Box Girls||Merian Ganjou|
|Hot Box Girls||Fiona Gourlay|
|Hot Box Girls||Katie Hart|
|Hot Box Girls||Dorne Hill|
|Hot Box Girls||Wendy Howard|
|Hot Box Girls||Diana McGuigan|
|Hot Box Girls||Stephanie Smith|
|Hot Box Girls||Angela Sturgeon|
|Hot Box Girls||Tara O'Sullivan|
|Musical Director||Carl Smith|
|Production Manager||Helen Jenkins|
|Publicity Manager||Lesley Vaughan-Smith|
|Assistant Production Manager||Clare Henderson Roe|
|Stage Management||Wesley Henderson Roe|
|Deputy Stage Management||Chris Chilton|
|Assistant Stage Managers||Kevin Good|
|Assistant Stage Managers||John Loveridge|
|Assistant Stage Managers||Ian Nethersell|
|Assistant Stage Managers||Bernard Messenger|
|Assistant Stage Managers||Gavin Morgan|
|Assistant Stage Managers||Lizzy Shergold|
|Assistant Stage Managers||Jim Sitch|
|Assistant Stage Managers||Angie Smith|
|Assistant Stage Managers||Mike Smith|
|Costume Design||Suzanne Rafferty|
|Construction Assistants||Sue Buxton|
|Construction Assistants||Caroline Skinner|
|Construction Assistants||Barbara Thomas|
|Set Construction||Matthew Hodgson|
|Set Construction||Malcolm Chilton|
|Assisted by||Company members & Residents of Latchmere House|
|Properties Buyer||Beryl Yorath|
|Make-up Supervisor||Jacqui Shreeve|
|Hair Styles created by||Michael Wray & Gari Corbett|
|Lighting Assistants||Andy Hales|
|Follow Spot Operators||Matthew Hodgson, Neil Keane|
|Sound Assistants||Kim Hotson, Amanda Lean, Nikki Churcher|
|Publicity Team||Trish Vandepeer|
|Publicity Team||Maria Margiotta|
|Publicity Team||Sarah Perkins|
|Publicity Team||Margaret Collier|
|Publicity Team||Michael Russell|
|Publicity Team||Mandy Matthiae|
|Rehearsal Pianists||Carole Baker, Simon Crombie|
Reviews & Awards
What Guys! What Dolls! What a show!
After seeing two different casts in the National Theatre’s Guys and Dolls, the somewhat disappointing film version twice and a surprisingly good one by Wandsworth prison inmates on the box, I thought saturation point had been reached.
But Barnes & Richmond Operatic Society confounded my expectations and astounded me (as usual), with their production of the show, directed by Sylvia Denning at Richmond Theatre this week.
Unquestionably, Frank Loesser’s music and score captures the very essence of Damon Runyan’s ironic and sophisticated vocabulary in the mouths of gangsters and gamblers.
High standards are set from the start in the frenetic New York street scene with John Tustin, Tony Bogod and Jim Trimmer as Nicely Nicely, Benny and Rusty Charlie giving conflicting advice on which horse to back in Fugue for Tinhorns.
When the Salvation Army troop led by Sarah Brown marches on, fruitlessly trying to round up sinners, with Follow the Fold, we have the opposing groups of gamblers and missionaries lined up. But the devil does seem to have the best tunes as we meet Martin Eliffs nervy, engaging, Nathan Detroit, running The Oldest Established floating crap game in New York.
In love with the compulsively gambling Nathan is nightclub dancer Miss Adelaide – a delicious performance from Patti Bottomley, suffering psychosomatically with perpetual colds throughout their 14 years engagement.
Adelaide’s Laments and her numbers with the Hot Box Dolls are a delight. Marie Creed gives a beautifully buttoned up portrayal of missionary Sarah Brown, until liberated by Bacardi cocktails, she loosens up with a vengeance in Havana, with Sky Masterton and creates hilarious mayhem on the dance floor.
Chris Warren plays the fabulous master gambler Sky, who knows his Gideon’s Bible, with style and as a bonus, sings the best versions I’ve heard yet of My Time of Day, Luck be a Lady and with Sarah, I’ve Never Been in Love Before.
Viki Osman’s superb choreography was given marvellously athletic performances by the men’s chorus and there was immaculate timing in Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat led by Nicely Nicely (John Tustin nearly stealing the show).
There were many great cameo performances: from Terry Narey’s Drunk; Andrew Powell’s Harry the Horse and Bob Salter as the frustrated policeman Lt Branigan, to name but a few.
Always a pushover for the Irish ballad, I was completely beguiled by lain Calder’s Arvide Abemathy singing More I Cannot Wish You to Sarah Brown. Musical director Carl Smith gave unstinted support. Malcolm Chilton designed the extremely effective sets and Sue Raftery the excellent Runyonesque costumes. T
here is, of course, a happy ending. Sky is converted and marries Sarah and a reformed (?) Nathan weds his ever-loving Adelaide. It’s a joyful show.
Richmond & Twickenham Times