BMOS Musical Theatre Company’s production of the classic ‘Guys and Dolls’, at Birmingham’s Alexandra Theatre until Saturday, is a safe bet for an amazing evening’s entertainment.
The plot centres around Nathan Detroit, played by Pat Pryce, who needing $1,000 to book a venue to host his craps game bets fellow gambler Sky Masterson (James Gordanifar) that Sky can’t get mission worker Sarah Brown (Annabel Pilcher) to go on a date to Havana with him.
Meanwhile, Nathan’s long-suffering partner Miss Adelaide (Jo Smith) is trying to get her boyfriend to finally marry her after 14 years.
You are immediately transported back in time to New York through the incredible set, impeccable costume design and of course, the classic music.
James Gordanifar lives up to the role of suave gambler Sky Masterson and seamlessly transitions between his character’s playful nature and his more vulnerable moments.
His smooth performance of ‘Luck Be a Lady’ featuring the crapshooters was one of the show’s many highlights.
Pat Pryce is incredibly charismatic as loveable rogue Nathan Detroit, and he has excellent chemistry with Jo Smith as the feisty but charming Miss Adelaide.
Smith is scene-stealing every time she is on stage and an exchange where her character shares a few white lies she’s told her mother had audiences in stitches.
Annabel Pilcher captures Sarah Brown’s innocent, sweet nature with ease, and her incredible operatic singing style raised the roof off of the theatre, especially in her duet of ‘I’ll Know’ with Gordanifar.
Phil Saunders brings the perfect blend of over-the-top madness and cool comedic timing to the role of Harry the Horse, while Dave Shaw really relished playing hot-headed crapshooter Big Jule.
And a special mention to Michelle Worthington as General Cartwright, who got the biggest applause of the night for her character’s sudden hysterically passionate outburst towards the end.
The classic script has so many wonderful twists and turns and the live orchestra added an extra layer to a captivating show.
‘Guys and Dolls’ is available to watch every night at the Alexandra Theatre at 7.30pm until Saturday, with a special afternoon performance at 2:30pm on its final day.
Tickets start from £18.40. Visit https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/guys-and-dolls/the-alexandra-theatre-birmingham/ to book tickets.