We ended July with a fantastic visit to the Hollywood Bowl to see an all-star cast in the musical Guys and Dolls.
After seeing the show in London's West End with Ewan McGregor and Jane Krakowski, it was great to see this concert version performed on the open air stage of the Hollywood Bowl with some other famous actors.
Guys and Dolls is set in 1940's New York and is about gambling men and the women who love them.
Scott Bakula (of TV's Quantum Leap fame) plays 'Nathan Detroit' heads up 'The Guys' in the show, with Tony-Award winning Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell playing 'Sky Masterson' and Ken Page (Dreamgirls, Torch Song Trilogy) as 'Nicely-Nicely Johnson'.
Three time Emmy Award and two-time Golden Globe winner Beau Bridges (of The Fabulous Baker Boys fame) plays Jessica Biel's on-stage grandfather 'Arvide Abernathy'.
'The Dolls' include Ellen Greene, recently seen in TV's Pushing Daisies and Heroes (as Sylar's mother), stars as 'Miss Adelaide' alongside Hollywood movie star (and current girlfriend of Justin Timberlake) Jessica Biel as Salvation Army Sergeant 'Sarah Brown' (her film credits include Easy Virtue, The Illusionist, Blade: Trinity). She easily proves she's not the only one in her relationship that can sing.
Guys and Dolls Hollywood Bowl cast poster
Once again The Hollywood Bowl proved to be the perfect venue after a nice picnic to enjoy some musical theatre and the show was as entertaining as the concert performance of Les Miserables last year.
For me the second Act was stronger with more familiar songs, like 'Luck be a Lady' and 'Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat' and there didn't seem to be as much dancing in this version that I remembered from the West End version, but it was still a great spectacle.
The female leads stood out for me most. I thought Jessica Biel did a great job as the mousy 'Sarah' and had a surprisingly good voice, whilst Ellen Greene nailed the comedy role of long-suffering 'Adelaide'.
Jessica Biel, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Beau Bridges
perform at The Hollywood Bowl
Scott Bakula and Ellen Grenne on stage
The show was a great production and real crowd-pleaser, even though the amphitheater wasn't filled to its 17,000 seating capacity.
Highlights of the Guys and Dolls concert
at The Hollywood Bowl
Next in our Hollywood Bowl season is an evening with Liza Minnelli, which is sure to be a spectacle...