When I was doing the Guys and Dolls post last week there were at least two or three songs that I really wanted to include but the post really was going on just a bit. So today I’m featuring two more numbers from the show. And yes I repeat it is one of my favourite Broadway shows.
I’m not sure if Guys and Dolls is the most revived Broadway show in London but since its first West End appearance in 1953 it has reappeared six times with another revival scheduled for 2023. The 1982 National Theatre production was the most successfull and ran for over four years and then toured. The original cast starred Bob Hoskins as Nathan, Julia McKenzie as Adelaide, Julie Covington as Sarah and Ian Charleson as Sky.
Charleson was a rising name in theatre and cinema as an actor and singer. He had won international recognition as the evangelical runner in The Chariots of Fire and was considered one of the great young British performers. He had been acclaimed in musicals, contemporary drama and the classics. Covington was on the original concept recording of Evita but turned down the part when the musical was mounted. Here’s Charleson with Covington in a wonderful love ballad and then solo rolling the dice for that gang of sinners souls.
There are perhaps more polished versions out there but these have the edge of a live performance.
Sadly Charleson wasn’t destined to reach the promised heights. He was diagnosed with AIDS in 1986. He died in 1990 after an acclaimed Hamlet at the National. At the Evening Standards Award the day following Charleson’s final Hamlet performance Ian McKellen was given the award for Best Actor of 1989. McKellen demurred and said having seen “the perfect Hamlet” the previous night, that Charleson was truly the Best Actor of 1989, and he gave him the statuette.
The word for August 3rd is:
Luck /lək/: [noun]
Success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one’s own actions.
Late Middle English (as a verb): perhaps from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch lucken . The noun use (late 15th century) is from Middle Low German lucke, related to Dutch geluk, German Glück, of West Germanic origin and possibly related to lock.