EWAN McGREGOR      JANE KRAKOWSKI

DOUGLAS HODGE      JENNA RUSSELL

MARTYN ELLIS     CORY ENGLISH     PATRICK BRENNAN     NIALL BUGGY

 

 

 Music and Lyrics by FRANK LOESSER

Book by JO SWERLING and ABE BURROWS       

Choreography by ROB ASHFORD        Directed by MICHAEL GRANDAGE

Photos © Alistair Muir and Lorenzo Agius

Rated by Jorge: +++++

A BROADWAY FABLE

Nathan Detroit organizes illegal crap games and he is suppose to marry Miss Adelaide, a club singer, but he’s always postponing the date of the marriage and she’s starting to get tired of all his excuses and lies. Sky Masterson is a famous gambler who arrives in town and who is always willing to accept any kind of bets. Sarah Brown is a Salvation Army girl to whom all that matters is save the soul of all sinners.

One day Nathan, who is desperately in need of money, bets with Sky that he can’t take Sarah to dinner with him. Surprisingly Sky manages to convince Sarah in having dinner with him and takes her to Havana, with unexpected results for anyone involve.

A BRAND NEW PRODUCTION OF A BROADWAY CLASSIC

This classic Broadway musical has one of my top five scores, but until now I was never able to see it on stage. Well, it was worth the wait!!! This is a great production with a perfect cast.

People say that the last Broadway revival was very colourful and cartoon like and by looking at pictures of it I have to agree. But here director Michael Grandage took a new approach and the result looks like a “film noir” of the 40s and that’s a real match for this kind of story.

Instead of spending money in great sets and luxury costumes, Grandage also preferred to let the story and characters shine, and with a cast like this the result couldn’t be better.

CONTAGIOUS DANCE NUMBERS

This new production will also be remembered for the dance numbers by Rob Ashford. His work in THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE didn’t predict something as terrific as this. The choreography is fantastic and a perfect match for this production. The Miss Adelaide dance numbers are as bad as they should be and that’s perfectly all right, we shouldn’t forget she works in a speakeasy.

Of course everyone expects that “The Crapshooters’ Dance” would be a great piece of dancing and it is, but the best numbers are the terrific “Havana” sequence and the contagious “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat”. Simply fabulous!

THE FANTASTIC FOUR

Ewan McGregor doesn’t have a great voice but he gives it all as Sky Masterson; Jane Krakowski plays a sexy Miss Adelaide and she couldn’t be more delightful; Douglas Hodge is a comic and very convincing Nathan Detroit, sometimes reminding me of a young Bob Hope; Jenna Russell is perfectly cast and a fantastic revelation as Sarah Brown. Martyn Ellis was born to play Nicely Nicely Johnson and raises the roof with "Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat"; the rest of the cast couldn’t be better.

A true winner not to be missed and, definitely, a great night out!