Chicago Area Theater: Guys and Dolls Revival Scores Big at Lincolnshire Marriott Theatre.

Rod Thomas (Nathan) and Jessie Mueller (Adelaide) star in GUYS AND DOLLS at Marriott Theatre. Photo credit: Peter Coombs and the Marriott Theatre.

Guys and Dolls, opening night performance at Lincolnshire Marriott Theatre, faced  some stiff competition with Super Bowl XLV in the same time-slot. Nevertheless the guys, the dolls and the theatre scored big with a sell-out crowd and a top-notch revival.  

The Tony Award-winning comedy that showcases New York City’s Time Square in the 1950’s world of “high rollers, lovable lowlifes, and Salvation Army soul savers,” first came to life on Broadway in November of 1950 where it stuck around for 1200 performances.  Its musical score contained a litany of songs that hit the Billboard top ten that year and future years  including “A Bushel and a Peck,”  “Luck Be A Lady” (one of the 20 best songs from a 50’s film, IMDb), “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat” and “If I Were a Bell.”

Here’s a preview at what to expect at Marriott Theatre.


The show is a snapshot (before digital photography) of the times with the costumes, set design, the guys in their homburg hats, the dolls in their pink feather boas and stilettos, and the missionaries in sensible tie shoes reflecting an era much different than today. One wonders, if 500 years from now audiences will be embracing this show as a look at the times, just as today’s audiences look at Shakespeare.

The Marriott production ran like a well-oiled machine under the directorial debut of  local guy, Matt Raftery of Park Forest.  Raftery, who has won accolades for his acting and choreography in productions including the lead role in Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s “Peter Pan” (2004) will surely be on the radar of many theaters of the future.

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The Mueller sisters, (L-R) Jessie Mueller (Adelaide) and Abby Mueller (Sarah). Photo credit: Peter Coombs and the Marriott Theatre.

The entire cast performed magnificently, with standout performances by Jessie Mueller as Miss Adelaide who’s acting, singing, dance and comedic timing hit the mark; George Andrew Wolff as Nicely, Nicely rockin’ the audience out of their seats with his rendition of “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat; Anne Gunn as Salvation Army General Cartwright with a small role but a big heart-felt performance; Bernie Yvon (Benny Southstreet), Rob Rahn (Harry the Horse) and George Keating (Rusty Charlie) piling on the humor along with outstanding song and dance; and Abby Mueller, Jessie Mueller’s real life sister, as the Salvation Army mission worker out to save the souls of the sinners, with her pitch-perfect voice. Brain Hissong as Sky Materson and Rod Thomas as Nathan Detroit know their way around the stage with many Chicago area and national credits on their resumes.

Performance Schedule.
The performance schedule is Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. 

Tickets.
Ticket prices range from $40 to $48, plus tax and handling fees.  Seniors and Students receive $5.00 off a full price theatre ticket on Wednesday 1:00p.m, Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1:00p.m. and 5:00p.m.  On Wednesday and Thursday evenings a limited number of Dinner and Theatre tickets are available for only $55.00 per person (plus handling fee).  Dinner is at King’s Wharf Restaurant or the Fairfield Inn (based on dining availability). To reserve tickets with a major credit card, call the Marriott Theatre
Box Office at 847 634 0200 or www.Ticketmaster.com.  Visit
www.MarriottTheatre.com
for more information. 
 
Parking.
Free parking is available at all performances.  Valet parking is also available.

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