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Fri., June 6, 2014, 8:45 a.m.

Lasting charm makes Guys & Dolls work

Caryssa Gilmore and Brendan Brady play Sarah and Sky Mastersen in the Lake City Playhouse production of “Guys and Dolls,” which opens today in Coeur d’Alene. Jesse Tinsley, photo

Guys and Dolls” is one of the most famous musicals from Broadway’s Golden Age, and it’s been performed and duplicated so many times that its plot reads almost like theatrical shorthand. It won five Tony Awards in 1951 and was made iconic after its 1955 film adaptation, which starred Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando at the apex of their popularity.

When a show is as popular and revered as “Guys and Dolls,” there’s the inclination to change, reinterpret and rework it from the ground up. But sometimes the best approach is to leave a great thing just as it is. Lake City Playhouse premieres its version of “Guys and Dolls” tonight, and Jillian Kehne, the show’s director and choreographer, says she wanted to play to the innate strengths of the story.

“This show is such a classic piece,” she said. “I know sometimes you can go into a show and think, ‘I’m going to change it up completely. Maybe we’ll put it in a different era or do it in a stylized, new way.’ But I went in wanting to preserve the classic.” Nathan Weinbender SR

Totally biased about this play. Caryssa Gilmore who plays the female lead was my oldest son's first girlfriend. I've known her since before she was born:-)  She's a FABULOUS singer and teaches at Lewis and Clark High School. Go see this play!

Question: What is the last play/musical you saw on stage?

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.