Guys and Dolls runs in rep at the Volksoper Vienna until 21 February.
As part of its Musicalwochen, the Volksoper revives its 2009 production of the Frank Loesser classic Guys and Dolls.
The show, which for this production has been translated by Christoph Wagner-Trenkwitz (dialogue) and Alexander Kuchinka (lyrics), mostly consists of cast members from the 2009 production, with a few exceptions.
Volksoper artistic director Robert Meyer is extremely funny as Nathan Detroit and he harmonises really well with his Miss Adelaide, portrayed by the glorious Sigrid Hauser. The two of them create several of the show’s highlights. I also particularly enjoyed Hauser’s rendition of ‘Adelaide’s Lament’. The role of Sarah Brown is played by a new addition, Julia Koci, who sings beautifully and delivers a wonderful performance throughout.
Axel Herrig, as Sky Masterson, delivers a vocally strong performance and impresses as an actor too. He is joined by Gaines Hall as Nicely-Nicely Johnson, Gernot Kranner as Benny and Thomas Huber debuting as Rusty Charlie. All three dance and sing impressively. Also in the cast are Nicolaus Hagg (Harry the Horse) and Gerhard Ernst, who impresses with his comedy skills as Big Jule and gives a completely different performance compared to his past roles.
Actor and director Heinz Marecek knows exactly how to direct a show like this and, together with the beautiful sets and projections by Sam Madwar (Frau Luna), the fast-paced choreography by Ramesh Nair and costumes by Ingrid Erb, he manages to create a great production.
The show shines because of its wonderful score, played by a great orchestra led by a great musical director (Joseph R Olefirowicz). Audiences are really spoiled because he does a fantastic job from start to finish and enables the orchestra to deliver these songs beautifully.
Ludovico Lucchesi Palli