I probably would have a lot of people complain about this, and I think there may be some hurt feelings…
I do not like the musicals of yore.
Music Man, My Fair Lady, South Pacific, Oklahoma, Kiss Me Kate, Showboat, Camelot and Finian’s Rainbow are just some of the musicals that I don’t need to ever hear again. I understand the importance that some had on society and on the Art Form itself. I am not sure what it is about them, but I just don’t connect with those shows. I tried, TRUST, I tried. I have even performed in some of those show and STILL those songs and stories just bore me to death.
Once upon a time, Guys and Dolls was on that list.
However, I am actually working on this show for the second time. The first time was as a production assistant. I really enjoyed working on that show because the cast was so fun. Now, it didn’t mean that I wanted to hear those tunes on my free time, but I had a good experience.
This time around is a bit different. This time around, I actually CANNOT wait for people to come and check out this show! I had a brief conversation with our amazing choreographer, Lee Ann Payne, in which I pretty much gushed about how much fun I am having. I adore the numbers in this show. Our vocal director, Diana Torres Koss, has been brilliant in breaking down the songs. I feel a sense of joy while I am doing these dances and I love the challenge of these harmonies. I like building a character that has a vice, gambling, and a story of his own that the audience knows nothing about. That is what makes it so much more fulfilling. I have a brilliant partner to dance with and great people to share the stage with, thanks to the vision of our fearless leader, Linda Piccone.
Yes, these rehearsals have kicked. my. ass!
Yes, I love every single minute of it.
And even more yes, this is an old show that I would probably do again BUT it would have a lot to live up to.
Come and see Jewel Theater’s Guys And Dolls opening on November 13!!!!
Word of advice, Jewel Theater has a history of selling out their shows, so…