Lauren Graham and Oliver Platt's Broadway revival of Guys and Dolls has been panned by New York critics, who've branded the show "snoozy".
Graham, who made her Broadway debut in the show on Sunday (01Mar09), plays Miss Adelaide opposite Tony-nominated actor Oliver Platt, who takes on the role of Nathan Detroit in the stage production. The show is directed by Des MCAnuff and features choreography by Sergio Trujillo.
But their efforts were not enough to impress New York's tough critics, who insisted the cast's efforts were lacking in comparison to their predecessors Nathan Lane and Faith Prince, who appeared in the musical's last Broadway run in 1992.
A critic for the New York Daily News writes, "Instead of glitz and tricks, MCAnuff would have been far better off casting leads who could sing Frank Loesser 's dazzling songs in all their glory."
A New York Post critic adds, "For his part, Platt seems so afraid to be compared to Lane that he holds back on the funny, leaving a husk of a character... Graham, best known as the elder Gilmore Girl on TV, breaks from her predecessor's mould as well, but this time the result is at least... interesting. Vulnerable rather than purely comic, she makes us root for the actress and the character - even though she sings tentatively, moves stiffly and delivers oddly stilted line readings.
"Graham's Adelaide sure makes an impression. For better or for worse, you'll remember her, which can't be said of this snoozy production."