Guys and Dolls

Former Miss America Susan Powell was a classically trained singer, but opted for musical theater over opera because (a) she didn’t want to starve, and (b) the only way to avoid (a) was to work in Europe, which she didn’t want to do that early on in her career.

But she brings all that training and power to the role of Sarah Brown in a production of the classic Guys and Dolls that Theatre Under the Stars is bringing to the Hobby Center. And it fits because the late songwriter Frank Loesser was known for being “almost operatic in scope,” she told us. “Sarah Brown is a righteous, hardworking single woman, perpetually single because she has created in her mind a life that is probably unrealistic,” Powell said. “Her journey in this show goes from this righteous, staunch covered woman into this blossoming, warm, real person.” With a lot of singing and dancing along the way, of course. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Through October 9. 800 Bagby. For information, call 713‑558-8887 or visit $35 to $114.
Wednesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Sept. 28. Continues through Oct. 9, 2011

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