Tracy Micailidis with ensemble (photo credit: Andrée Lanthier)
by Jessica Wei
You know when you turn around halfway through the production to find the entire audience smiling to themselves, there's charisma in the air.
I can only imagine the hours put into staging this production. The set is perfection – three sheer curtain backgrounds, one of shimmering gold, one basic black, and the main background of a New York City painting. The seven piece band led by Nick Burgess, largely hidden from view behind the curtains, are fully on the ball, leading and following the actors through the legendary Frank Loesser songbook. The choreography by Jim White is fast-paced, fluid, often frightening, and flawless. And then there's the acting.
Guys and Dolls runs to October 31