THERE were sequins, tambourine shaking, salsa dancing and a lot of floating crap games as Blackpool Operatic Players brought Guys and Dolls To The Grand Theatre.
A big company with a live orchestra behind them belted out the show’s much loved tunes including Luck Be A Lady Tonight, Bushel and A Peck, and Sit Down You’re Rocking The Boat.
It was a male heavy cast, and the men did an admirable job with some complex harmonies, ambitious dance numbers and good interaction between characters. Andrew Tuton was a charming rogue as Sky Masterson and melted hearts with his wonderfully smooth voice.
Man and wife team Leo and Jeanette Appleton also shone as long term engaged Nathan Detroit and Miss Adelaide. Jeanette’s bunged up and breathy New York accent seemed impossible to maintain, but she pulled it off and was witty and loveable in the role.
Leo led the men well, learning the characters of the different crap shooting guys was enjoyable and Robert Kirby was particularly memorable. His endless neighing laughter as Harry the Horse showed his talent in making a small role completely his own and generating laughs every time.
Leese Cheston was a passionate Sarah Brown and her drunken salsa scenes were great fun.
Occasionally lines were thrown away because of the pressure to maintain the American accents but with sparkling costumes, some beautifully painted scenery and buckets of energy, this is an enjoyable show.