1992 Broadway Cast / Nathan Lane / Original Broadway Cast / Edward Strauss / Various

Guys and Dolls [1992 Broadway Revival Cast]

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RCA's 1992 recording of Frank Loesser's Guys and Dolls is a fabulous version of the celebrated Broadway classic featuring a cast that is nearly ideal in its characterizations and production values that are first-rate. Featuring Peter Gallagher as Sky Masterson, Josie de Guzman as Sister Sarah, Nathan Lane as Nathan Detroit, and Faith Prince as Miss Adelaide, this lavish revival was freshly staged with the intention of bringing Damon Runyon's eccentric Broadway mugs and molls to life, and the four leads meet all expectations. The romantic numbers are tender without a trace of false emotion or sentimentality, so "If I Were a Bell," "My Time of Day," and "I've Never Been in Love Before" are utterly convincing, thanks to Gallagher's smooth yet wry delivery and de Guzman's enthusiastic eroticism. Prince's squeaky delivery of "Adelaide's Lament" is a highpoint of the show, and though Lane is given little opportunity to sing, his turns in "The Oldest Established" and "Sue Me" give a sample of his comic genius. The orchestra under conductor Edward Strauss is remarkably rich in tone and vivid in jazzy sonorities and judicious microphone place has captured everything in the lush arrangements. Fans of the show may prefer the 1950 original cast recording on Decca, but this album is admirable in every way, so it deserves an honored place on the shelf right next to its famous predecessor.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:56
2 1:27
3 1:16
4 2:35
5 4:56
6 3:08
7
feat: Faith Prince
3:41
8 2:58
9 3:59
10 2:33
11 1:59
12 2:08
13 5:22
14
feat: Faith Prince
1:29
15 2:20
16 3:21
17 3:03
18
feat: Faith Prince
2:50
19 2:57
20 2:36
21 1:10
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