BWW Review: A Modern Twist on the Classic Tale - GUYS & DOLLS at Theatre Under the Stars
September 27, 2018
Director Nick DeGruccio is wise to how audiences will interpret the show today, and presents a masterclass that could be called How to Make a Classic Production More Accessible to Modern Audiences. His progressive cast is among the most delightfully diverse group of players I've ever seen on stage in Houston. His intentional choices, such as replacing the typically male role of commanding boss Big Jule with Sofiya Cheyenne as Big Julie is a noticed and an appreciated attempt to balance the systemic male gaze written into the script. His Latin-inspired twist, and casting of Hispanics in nearly every major role, is representative of our fast-growing population. And in doing so, DeGruccio helmed a production that looks like the great tapestry of America today.