Princess Theatre, Melbourne
21 May-August 10 | Reviewed by Alexander Bisley

LUSH PICKINGS were on offer in Melbourne with this thoroughly accomplished production of Guys and Dolls. Broadway style through and through, this classic musical benefited from strong lead performances. Lisa McCune, aka Blue Heelers’ Maggie Doyle, was suitably cute as Salvation Army Mission Doll Sarah Brown. Big Shane Jacobson, aka Kenny’s eponymous hero, imported Kenny’s fulsome geniality to the role of hoodlum Nicely Nicely Johnson. Magda Szubanski, aka Kate ‘n’ Kim’s Sharon, brought the house down cross-dressing as fiercely rotund Chicago gangster Big Jule. In one highlight, Szubanski snappily insulted Jacobson, launching him into leading a showstopping rendition of ‘Sit Down You’re Rocking The Boat’. Ian Stanlake rounded out a strong quartet as gambler Sky Masterson, who falls for Sarah Brown. As anticipated, Stanlake’s rendition of ‘Luck Be a Lady’, “A lady never leaves her escort/It isn’t fair, it isn’t nice/A lady doesn’t wander all over the room/And blow on some other guys dice”, was a highlight. Witty, sassy and energetically choreographed and performed, Guys and Dolls showed why it’s a trump.