Sunday, August 2, 2009

An all-star cast performs Guys and Dolls at The Hollywood Bowl...

We ended July with a fantastic visit to the Hollywood Bowl to see an all-star cast in the musical Guys and Dolls.
Guys and Dolls concert at The Hollywood Bowl
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 Hollywood Bowl concert
Guys and Dolls is set in 1940's New York and is about gambling men and the women who love them. 

'The Guys'
Guys and Dolls Hollywood Bowl male cast
The Guys at The Hollywood Bowl 31 July 09
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'
The Dolls at The Hollywood Bowl 31 July 09
Guys and Dolls actors at Hollywood Bowl
'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
Guys and Dolls Hollywood Bowl 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.
Hollywood Bowl Guys and Dolls concert
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.
Guys and Dolls on stage at Hollywood Bowl
Guys and Dolls Havana scene Hollywood Bowl
Jessica Biel and Brian Stokes Mitchell in Guys and Dolls Concert
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
Guys and Dolls at Hollywood Bowl 31 Jul 09

Scott Bakula and Ellen Grenne on stage
Scott Bakula and Ellen Greene in Guys and Dolls
Scott Bakula and Ellen Greene at The Hollywood Bowl
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
Guys and Dolls Hollywood Bowl all-star cast
Guys and Dolls Hollywood Bowl finale
Guys and Dolls stars at Hollywood Bowl
Jessica Biel in Guys and Dolls at Hollywood Bowl
Guys and Dolls cast at Hollywood Bowl
Next in our Hollywood Bowl season is an evening with Liza Minnelli, which is sure to be a spectacle...

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