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Despite being a devoted fan of the musical genre, somehow the Broadway classic 'Guys and Dolls' passed under my radar. There was a 2008 production of Guys and Dolls starring Lisa McCune, but I'd never gotten over her portrayal of Sally Bowles from Cabaret as a waifish, singing Hello Kitty back in 2002.
Since then, Lisa McCune has been ousted by the blonde Asher Keddie and the musical theatre realm is once again safe, in time for Bluefish Theatre to release a new production of Guys and Dolls.
Conceived in 2010, Brisbane- based Bluefish Theatre brings affordable, quality theatre to Brisbane audiences. This local production will run at the Schonell from the 28th of July until the 6th of August. It boasts a wonderful cast of experienced and new talent including Ian Maurice as Lt Brannigan, Tony Campbell as Sky Masterson and Melissa Scheele as Sarah Brown.
Director Lindsay Fletcher puts his own interpretation on this Broadway classic about a high rolling gambler Sky Masterson who makes a bet to win the heart of the uptight proselytizing Sarah Brown. Despite being preachy, judgemental and unable to respect the religious beliefs of others, Sky ends up falling in love with her (well, it does emphasise she is one good looking doll). She gets huffy after finding out it was a bet but in the end they both concede to their true feelings. Huzzah!
This promise to be an entertaining evening and you get extra kudos for supporting local Brisbane talent. Incidentally, Schonell Theatre is home to the famous Pizza Cafe – always good for a pre-show dinner and drink.
Ticket price vary from $37 -$45 and can be purchased through Ticketek. For more information about the show, see here