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Classic Series

Guys and Dolls in Concert

3.20.21

2:00 PM & 7:30 PM

3.21.21

2:00 PM

Location: Lockwood Performing Arts Center

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Jessica Soza Sarah Brown
Antoine L. Smith
Sky Masterson
Sydney Morton
Miss Adelaide

This lightly staged production of Frank Loesser’s musical comedy tells of two young couples betting against the odds in Depression-era New York City. Full of heart and humor, this Broadway hit features classics such as Sue Me, Luck be a Lady, and Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.

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Program Notes:

Written by BSOC Librarian Lisa Bollman

Damon Runyon (1880–1946), original books and characters
Jo Swerling (1897–1964) and Abe Burrows (1910–1985), playwrights
Frank Loesser (1910–1969), composer and lyricist

Every hotshot gambler in New York City is looking to Nathan Detroit to organize “the oldest established permanent floating craps game” in Frank Loesser’s Guys and Dolls. But there’s a hitch … Nathan and his crew can’t find a place to hold the game.

Guys and Dolls first premiered on Broadway on November 24, 1950. Based on two short stories by Damon Runyon, the show follows Nathan and his rag-tag crew as they gamble everything to finance their beloved craps game. The cast, a variety of saints and sinners, includes Miss Sarah Brown, the cold missionary who is in desperate need of sinners; Sky Masterson, the suave gambler who takes Nathan’s $1,000 bet that he cannot get Sarah to go with him to Havana; and Miss Adelaide, the Hot Box Nightclub dancer who is literally sickened by her prolonged engagement to Nathan. These characters are brought to life with the music and lyrics of Frank Loesser. Many of Loesser’s songs from the show have become much-loved standards, including “Luck Be a Lady,” “If I Were a Bell,” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.”

The original production of Guys and Dolls ran for 1,200 performances and won the 1951 Tony Award for Best Musical. It would have won the 1951 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, but Abe Burrows’ troubles with the House Un-American Activities Committee prompted the Trustees of Columbia University to veto the selection, and no Pulitzer for Drama was awarded that year. Since the musical first opened, there have been over ten revivals of the show, and a 1955 Oscar-nominated film adaptation starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, and Vivian Blaine.

Guys and Dolls prove that, in the midst of high-stakes bets, floating craps games, and mission meetings, the biggest gamble one can take is on love.