A performance by the Talawa Theatre Company at the Royal Exchange. Loesser’s music and wit-packed lyrics (“Take back your mink / To from whence it came”) make this my favourite musical, and this was a pretty good production. I still don’t care for the round stage at the Royal Exchange, but the company made the best of it with such verve and colour that I was won over. (I’m still miffed that I was in the wrong seat for what looked like a great staging of Luck be a Lady.) The setting was relocated to Harlem with an all-black cast.
I thought Nathan Detroit, Miss Adelaide and Sky were excellent, and I was touched by Brother Abernathy’s lovely voice for More I Cannot Wish You .
- Ray Fearon – Nathan Detroit
- Lucy Vandi – Miss Adelaide
- Ashley Zhangazha – Sky Masterson
- Trevor A Toussaint – Brother Abernathy