August 24, 2002
July 20 & 21, 2002
Did I like "Guys & Dolls?" Let's see... it's a musical comedy...with Kevin playing the romantic lead...in twenties style period costumes. The better question should probably be: How could I NOT like "Guys & Dolls?" The show itself was such a cute, light-hearted piece that it's almost impossible to go away from the theatre not smiling from ear to ear.
Kevin was a superb Sky Masterson, investing just enough swagger in to his characterization to believably portray the sly gambler,...yet adding just the right amount of sensitivity to capture the heart of his leading lady. It was a nice change of pace to see Kevin in a comedic role and it did remind me what a versatile actor his is. Several of my favorite comedic moments included a scene in which Sky explains to Sarah the reason he knew the verse of the Bible they had been using was incorrect... The delivery of his "There are two things that have been in every hotel room in the country..." line was so effortless and said with such great expression that it got one of the largest laughs of the entire show...both nights I saw it.
As for the sensitivity... when the music for "My Time of Day" stops and Kevin almost whispers out his character's real name and tells Sarah that he's never told anyone that before... it was so sincere that you could almost hear the sighs in the audience...and I was quite certain that he not only won the heart of Sarah Brown, but all the women in the audience as well...
His voice was glorious - as always - and it's almost become a given that whatever production I see him in, he'll be incredible. Particularly strong were his renditions of "My Time of Day" and "I've Never Been In Love Before" - the latter actually sounding better than any recording that I've ever heard. And although I loved him in "Luck Be a Lady", there was something about his voice in the aforementioned songs that was almost reminiscent of his 1776 performance (though I have to say that I have yet to see a Kevin performance that tops that one!). In all three songs though, Kevin certainly proved that he has that special 'grab you and don't let you go' stage presence (that very few people can boast) that allows him to effectively portray a great leading man.
It's no surprise that I enjoyed the show and loved Kevin's portrayal...It was wonderful to see Kevin get "star billing" and even nicer to see him get the standing ovations he got and the warm reactions from the audience. Kevin was wonderful and charismatic, and definitely proved he's captivating no matter what role he's playing.