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LA Times says Guys and Dolls seemed right at home at the Hollywood Bowl



This concert staging, directed by Richard Jay-Alexander and choreographed by Donna McKechnie, may have had no choice but to skim the dramatic surface. But a comic-book approach isn’t antithetical to Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows’ enduring book, based on a super-vivid story and characters of Damon Runyon.
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Along with Bakula (who found the haunting helplessness of “Sue Me”), there was fine work from Ken Page as Nicely-Nicely Johnson and Jason Graae as Benny Southstreet. The two robustly teamed up for the title song, “Guys and Dolls,” and Page delivered a blusteringly rousing “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat,” which never fails to bring an audience to the brink of spiritual ecstasy.
 
But for a lasting snapshot in how to illuminate both the inside and outside of a number, there was Mitchell slipping into infatuation in “I’ll Know,” his lovely duet with Biel. And when he blew on his dice-rolling hands in “Luck Be A Lady,” the ardency of his chance-conquering stare snared the zeitgeist of this Broadway gem.

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