Tuesday, November 24, 2009
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GUYS AND DOLLS!
Guys and Dolls, considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, opened on this date in 1950 and ran for 1,200 performances.
Why is it considered the perfect musical? Because the songs flow so naturally out of the dialog that you sometimes don't even realize a song has begun. We can thank the brilliant Frank Loesser for his music and lyrics.
Fortunately, when Sam Goldwyn made the movie in Hollywood, he preserved on film the brilliant performance by Vivian Blaine as "Miss Adelaide". The other performances by Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra and Jean Simmons were just not up to Vivian's Adelaide.
And don't get me started about the 1992 Broadway revival. Please don't get me started. Just don't.