‘Guys & Dolls’ at the Wallis Annenberg: Watermark residents put their money on this hilarious musical classic.

“Luck is a fickle lady – Nathan Detroit runs the oldest established permanent floating crap game in New York. There are well-heeled shooters everywhere, but it’s no dice unless they have a place to gamble—and that takes dough.”

Residents of The Watermark at Beverly Hills had the opportunity to watch director Zimmerman’s efforts in something entirely different at the Wallis Annenberg. Guys and Dolls, the 1950s musical with music by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows was hilarious. The show was performed by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and was originally developed for them at the behest of its director Bill Rauch, the co-founder and former artistic director of the Cornerstone Theater Company.

Attending residents had a blast. They mentioned that the show’s score is “joyous… every song was a classic.” The songs were orchestrated simply and the storytelling shined through even the most familiar of these familiar songs. Residents particularly enjoyed Sky Masterson’s performance. They noted, “His singing is strong, his dancing is light, but when Sky breaks down to confess ‘I’ve Never Been in Love Before,’ the moment is stunningly intimate.”

 

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