Guys and Dolls | Cahn Auditorium, Northwestern University | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Steve Silver and Justin Adair

Steve Silver and Justin Adair

Mona Luan

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 3 2016
Price: $34-$96
lightoperaworks.org
Strong musical values propel Light Opera Works' enjoyable staging of this classic 1950 musical comedy about Times Square gamblers and the ladies who love them. Based on stories by humorist Damon Runyon, the hilarious and tuneful show focuses on two improbable romances—the pursuit of straitlaced Salvation Army sergeant Sarah Brown (Elizabeth Telford) by slick womanizer Sky Masterson (the dynamic Justin Adair) and the 14-year "engagement" of nightclub dancer Miss Adelaide (Sarah Larson) to Nathan Detroit (Steve Silver), proprietor of "the oldest established permanent floating crap game in New York." A full orchestra conducted by Shawn Stengel brings out the lush lyricism and jazzy crackle of songwriter Frank Loesser's melodic and rhythmically charged score, and the choral harmonies are crisp and tight in showstopping tunes such as Sky's driving "Luck Be a Lady" and the gospel-tinged "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat," with its clarion lead vocal by Cary Lovett as lovable Nicely-Nicely Johnson. —Albert Williams

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