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Culture: Feisty show makes the hairs stand on end; Guys and Dolls Symphony Hall.

Byline: Christopher Morley

Those respected men who have staked out the BBC brought their Concert Orchestra to the heart of England on Friday last for a performance of the excellent musical Frank Loesser has made out of Damon Runyon's Broadway fables.

What my critic friends (who have sharper ears than I) tell me is that this presentation brought us more of the orchestral music Mr Loesser wrote than we have ever heard before, but what I know is, it was great to have Mr Loesser's daughter Emily portraying the role of the classy Salvation Army broad Sarah Brown.

When she sang 'I've never been in love before' with the equally excellent Sky Masterson of Ron Raines (who can have my marker that he will deliver the goods whenever he likes) the little hairs on the back of my neck stood up and danced as prettily as those gorgeous little Hotbox Girls from Capital Voices.

Many of the guys were from those Voices as well, and good they were. Some big shots from outside pleased their mothers, too, especially Graham Bickley as Nathan Detroit, Avery Saltzman as sweet a Nicely-Nicely as you could wish, and Peter Gale an Uncle Arvide who would understand any of my sinning colleagues.

That feisty dame Miss Adelaide was done very well by the wonderful Kim Criswell, blessed by every man, Julia Mackenzie directed and narrated, but no-one could hear every last word, and Mr Wayne Marshall conducted like the enthusiastic player he is.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:May 14, 2001
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