Last week for the cultural activity de semana I went to go see Guys and Dolls at the Picadilly Theater with Jill and Julie. I figured it would be a nice little girls evening out. OK, I have to first admit that I am not a big fan of musicals. In fact, I think that this was one of the first musicals that I have gone to because I basically have about as much desire to see Cats as sticking sharp pieces of bamboo under my fingernails. But I decided to go along anyway without mentioning my fear (or loathing) of the genre.
Tickets weren’t exactly cheap at £34 a go, but I guess that is the going price these days for a West End show starring headlining actors. Oh wait. I haven’t even gotten to that part yet… The OTHER reason that I thought it would be funny to go.
None other than Patrick Swayze is headlining this show. Yes, Patrick Swayze, from Dirtry Dancing, Ghost, Point Break, and my own personal favourite, Roadhouse. You can’t really beat that for a musical lead. A washed up, aging Hollywood actor. Awesome. I had to see it with my own eyes. And see it I did. Well, for the most part, I did snooze off during on particularly boring song.
Overall? It was entertaining enough. Storyline disturbed me a bit. Marry the guy and then you can change him – I think that was the creepy moral of the story.
Patrick Swayze? Definitely aging and wearing far too much makeup, voice a little bit weak, but can still dance his ass off.
I gotta give street cred where it is due. He is still the man that had one of the best Hollywood lines ever: “Nobody puts Baby in the corner”…
Here is a little scene from his glory days: