Guys and Dolls brought something special to our town

pp8If you were not at the South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center on Jan. 3 to see Guys and Dolls, you missed something special.

I have been to other shows at the center but never believed that anything of this magnitude could take place in Cutler Bay. From the opening number to the very end I was totally transfixed by this tremendous production, using some of the greatest voices I have ever heard on Broadway as well as a cast of great dancers and the most magnificent settings and backgrounds I have ever seen.

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Review: ‘Guys and Dolls’ at the Lexington Opera House

pp2One of the most popular musicals ever written, Guys and Dolls by Frank Loesser is playing at the Lexington Opera House through Sunday in an enjoyable touring revival by Big League Productions.

Directed by Jeffrey B. Moss and choreographed by Bob Richard, this is a big, brawny show that translates the urban demimonde of Damon Runyon novels into musical theatre terms. Loesser’s score is a treasure-chest of familiar songs, and the script by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows achieves the blend of gamblers, showgirls, and the Salvation Army through hard-boiled wisecracks and sincere platitudes. The production design elements capture the glitz and the grit in a satisfying way.