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Guys & Dolls is a Tony-winning musical based on Damon Runyon’s short stories ‘Blood Pressure’ and ‘Miss Sarah Brown’s Idyll’, in addition to which, it borrows plot elements and characters from Runyon’s other stories including ‘Pick the Winner’. Counted among the US’s most widely performed musicals, its book has been written by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling has given the lyrics with music by Frank Loesser. This Broadway musical is now being presented in a special arrangement with the well-known Music Theatre International, featuring director Lee Cromwell, choreographer Liza Gennaro and musical director Terry LaBolt. The musical first premiered on Broadway in 1950, running for twelve hundred performances and has since had many London and Broadway revivals. It has been presented by various other productions in Europe, America and Australia, as well as a 1955 feature film adaptation has also been made on it. Now that the show is back again, Guys & Dolls tickets have once more become a must-have among theatre-goers and the story’s fans.
Guys & Dolls first premiered on Broadway in 1950 at NYC’s Richard Rodgers Theatre, then known as 46th Street Theatre, with director George S. Kaufman; choreographer Michael Kidd, orchestrators Ted Royal and George Bassman; costume designer Alvin Colt. The cast included Robert Ada as Sky, Isabel Bigley as Sarah, Sam Levene as Nathan, and Vivian Blaine as Adelaide who was later replaced by Iva Withers.
The show won five Tony Awards the following year including the category of Best Musical. It then premiered on London’s West End at London Coliseum in May 1953, giving more than five hundred and fifty-five performances with cast members Jerry Wayne, Lizbeth Webb, Sam Levene and Vivian Blaine. The musical has since been frequently performed by community theatre and school productions. Its many revivals include the 1976 Broadway revival, 1982 London revival, 1992 Broadway revival, 2005 West End revival, a 2008 Australian production, 2009 Broadway revival and the 2013 Alabama production.
Guys & Dolls centers on the story of gangster Nathan Detroit who organizes the oldest floating crap game in New York City. Times are down and he is broke so he bets with gambler Sky Masterson that the latter just can’t make the next woman fall madly in love with him. This next girl happens to be the beautiful and good-natured Miss Sarah Brown from Save-a-Soul Mission. In the meantime Nathan’s cold fiancé and Hot Box nightclub’s main attraction – Miss Adelaide, only desperately waits for him to marry her. What we see are some interesting events and smashing hits like A Peck and a Bushel, Never Been in Love Such Love Before, Luck Be a Lady, and Marry the Man Today.
The musical has continued to win accolades from various institutions including the Laurence Olivier Award won by its 1996 London revival for the category of Best Supporting Role Performance in a Musical. This production received two other Olivier Award nominations for Best Actress in Musical for work by Joanna Riding and Imelda Staunton. The London revival of 2005, won two more Laurence Olivier Awards again in the categories of Best Actress in Musical and Outstanding Musical Production, from among eight nominations. Its 2008 Australian production received six Helpmann nominations from which it won the category of Best Supporting Actress in Musical.
The musical has been a favorite among its audience and critics which has been reflected by The New York Times calling it a most ‘glorious musical’ that draws a ‘snappy balance’ between ‘giddy romance and wisecracking street action’. Time Magazine has described it as the greatest among American musicals, while New York Journal American calls it the most exciting and best ‘thing from its kind’ that is a delight and a triumph. Critics have also admired its faithfulness to Runyon’s characterizations and style, which in the words of New York Post’s Richard Watts ‘celebrates the Runyon spirit’. Grab your share of Guys & Dolls tickets and come watch the gamblers rolls the dice on love.