PHOTOS BY DIANE SOBOLEWSKI OF NANCY ANDERSON AS MISS ADELAIDE (ABOVE) AND MANNA NICHOLS AS MISS SARAH OF THE SAVE-A -SOUL MISSION (BELOW)
Get ready to love this show a
bushel and a peck, thanks to the sympathetic entreaties of Miss
Adelaide, an adorable Nancy Anderson, who has been waiting patiently for
her fiance Nathan Detroit, Nathan is a fast talking, slippery
commitment adverse Mark Price, who has been dragging his heels for
fourteen years instead of making their relationship legitimate. The
fact that Miss Adelaide abhors gambling and Nathan can't wait to make a
quick buck by running crap games make the chances of his being honorable
about 100 to 1.
In order to finance his latest illegal
endeavor, Nathan decides to con the biggest bettor of them all, the
suave Tony Roach as Sky Masterson, who is ready to wager on practically
anything. Nathan finds a sure bet, that Sky can't get the pious and
pure head of the Save-a-Soul Mission, the pert Manna Nichols as Miss
Sarah Brown, to fly with him to Havana, Cuba.
The quick thinking
Sky accomplishes the impossible and trades his marker for one dozen
genuine sinners in exchange for a lunch date with Sarah, southeast of
the border. Against all odds the two find love and salvation while
Nathan and his cronies Rusty (Jordan Grubb), Nicely-Nicely (Scott Cote),
Benny (Noah Plomgren), Harry the Horse (Carlos Lopez), Angie the Ox
(Paul Aguirre) and Big Julie (Jerry Gallagher) are busy running around
New York City hunting down the elusive and ever changing location of the
crap game of the hour. A determined Lt. Brannigan (David Sitler) is
always a step or two behind in trying to catch them in the act.
Frank Loesser tunes propel this Damon Runyon inspired story, like
Adelaide's perpetual cold, "Adelaide's Lament," caused by Nathan's
irresponsibility, Sarah's grandfather Arvide's (John Jellison) tender
love advice in "More I Cannot Wish You," Nicely-Nicely's fervent plea
"Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat" and Sky's determined prayer "Luck Be
a Lady," among many others. Don Stephenson directs this colorful cast
of characters in a high powered production that's a sure crowd pleaser.
For tickets ($78.50-83.50), call Goodspeed Musicals in East Haddam on the Connecticut River at 860-873-8668 or online at www.goodspeed.org.Performances
are Wednesday and Thursday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m.,
Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m and 6:30 p.m., with an
additional performance at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Come place your winning wager on a guaranteed bet!