There were quite a few standout character actors who I would like to single out, starting right at 7:30 when Jeff Prushankin (Harry the Horse) came out in character to tell us a few things we needed to know (turn off cell phones, etc.). He also let it be known that they would be performing a song that Frank Loesser (Music and Lyrics) had cut from the original production. Prushankin was a wonderful character actor throughout, and used terrific facial expressions to deliver some hysterical one-liners. When the curtain opened, the ensemble was frozen to begin “Fugue for Tinhorns”. The original “cut” song was one I had never heard before, “Traveling Light”. While performed adequately by Sky (Joe O’Neill), Nathan (Ben Fried), Benny (Peter Hayes), and Nicely-Nicely (John Casertano), it is not difficult to see why Loesser cut it, as it does not add much to the show.
GUYS AND DOLLS
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
Directed by David Ben Leavitt
February 25 – March 13, 2011
King of Prussia Players
Shannondell Performing Arts Center