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Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls

by Frank Loesser and Abe Burrows

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Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls




This 1950 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical is based on short stories by American author Damon Runyon, including “The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown,” “Blood Pressure,” and “Pick the Winner.”


Story:

New York’s most infamous crap game organizer, Nathan Detroit, hoping for a big pay day, challenges notorious gambler Sky Masterson to a bet he’s sure he’ll win: take mission girl Sarah Brown to dinner in Havana, Cuba. Sky accepts and pursues the known prude, seemingly hopelessly, while Nathan deals with his own situation - his 14-year fiancée, Adelaide, who’s tired of waiting for a wedding. When bets and love seem at odds, the characters are called to question their priorities to make things right.


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Composer

Composer and Lyricist
Frank Loesser

Librettist

Librettist
Abe Burrows



  • Premiere
  • 1955
  • 1965
  • 1976
  • 1992
  • 2009
  • 1955 Film

Broadway Premiere

Theatre
46th Street Theatre
Opening Night
Nov 24, 1950
Total Performances
1,200
Original Cast
Robert Alda, Vivian Blaine, Sam Levene, Isabel Bigley, Pat Rooney Sr., B.S. Pully, Stubby Kaye, Tom Pedi, Jonny Silver
Director
George S. Kaufman
Choreographer
Michael Kidd
Producer
Feuer & Martin
Musical Director
Irving Actman
Scenic Design
Jo Mielziner
Costume Design
Alvin Colt
Lighting Design
Jo Mielziner

1955 Broadway Revival

Theatre
City Center
Opening Night
Apr 20, 1955
Total Performances
16
Original Cast
Tom Ahearne, Joe Bernard, Helen Gallagher, Leila Martin, Walter Matthau, Paul Migan, Al Nesor, Lou Nova, Tom Pedi, Ray Shaw, Oggie Small, Elaine Spaulding, Kate Tomlinson, Martin Wolfson
Director
Philip Mathias
Choreographer
Onna White
Producer
New York City Center Light Opera Company
Musical Director
Frederick Dvonch
Orchestrations
George Bassman and Ted Royal
Scenic Design
Jo Mielziner
Costume Design
Alvin Colt

1965 Broadway Revival

Theatre
City Center
Opening Night
Apr 28, 1965
Total Performances
15
Original Cast
Anita Gillette, Alan King, Sheila MacRae, Jerry Orbach, Ed Becker, Frank Campanella, Ginna Carr, Jack De Lon, Joey Faye, Jake LaMotta, Clarence Nordstrom, Tom Pedi, Vern Shinnal, Claire Waring
Director
Gus Schirmer
Choreographer
Ralph Beaumont
Producer
New York City Center Light Opera Company
Scenic Design
Peter Wolf
Costume Design
Frank Thompson
Lighting Design
Peggy Clark

1976 Broadway Revival

Theatre
Broadway Theatre
Opening Night
July 21, 1976
Total Performances
239
Original Cast
Norma Donaldson, Robert Guillaume, Ernestine Jackson, James Randolph, Edye Byrde, Clark Morgan, Ken Page, Christophe Pierre, Emett "Babe" Wallace, Derrick Bell, Jymie Charles, Bardell Conner, Prudence Darby, Irene Datcher, Sterling McQueen, Marion Moore, John Russell, Walter White
Director
Billy Wilson
Choreographer
Billy Wilson
Producer
Moe Septee
Musical Director
Howard Roberts
Orchestrations
Danny Holgate and Horace Ott
Scenic Design
Tom H. John
Costume Design
Bernard Johnson
Lighting Design
Thomas Skelton

1992 Broadway Revival

Theatre
Martin Beck Theatre
Opening Night
Apr 14, 1992
Total Performances
1,143
Original Cast
Josie de Guzman, Peter Gallagher, Nathan Lane, Faith Prince, Walter Bobbie, John Carpenter, Victoria Clark, Denise Faye, Leslie Feagan, Eleanor Glockner, Michael Goz, Stan Page, Steve Ryan, Ernie Sabella, Timothy Shew, J. K. Simmons, Herschel Sparber, Ruth Williamson
Director
Jerry Zaks
Choreographer
Christopher Chadman
Producer
Dodger Theatricals, Roger Berlind, Jujamcyn Theaters, TV Asahi, Kardana Productions and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Orchestrations
George Bassman, Ted Royal and Michael Starobin
Scenic Design
Tony Walton
Costume Design
William Ivey Long
Lighting Design
Paul Gallo

2009 Broadway Revival

Theatre
Nederlander Theatre
Opening Night
Mar 1, 2009
Total Performances
121
Original Cast
Craig Bierko, Lauren Graham, Kate Jennings Grant, Oliver Platt, Tituss Burgess, Glenn Fleshler, Adam LeFevre, Jim Ortlieb, Steve Rosen, Mary Testa
Director
Des McAnuff
Choreographer
Sergio Trujillo
Producer
Howard Panter, The Ambassador Theatre Group, Tulchin/Bartner Productions, Bill Kenwright, Northwater Entertainment, Darren Bagert, Tom Gregory, The Nederlander Organization, David Mirvish, Michael Jenkins, Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc., Independent Presenters Network, Olympus Theatricals and Sonia Friedman Productions
Musical Director
Ted Sperling
Orchestrations
Bruce Coughlin
Scenic Design
Robert Brill
Costume Design
Paul Tazewell
Lighting Design
Howell Binkley
Sound Design
Steve Canyon Kennedy
Video Design
Dustin O'Neill

1955 Film Version

Movie Name
Guys and Dolls
Type
Hollywood Musical
Director
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Screenplay
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Starring
Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, Vivian Blaine, Robert Keith, Stubby Kaye, B.S. Pully, Johnny Silver, Sheldon Leonard




CDs

CD
Original Broadway Cast Album

CD
2009 Broadway Revival Cast Album


Sheetmusic

Sheetmusic
Vocal Selections


Videos

DVD
Original Hollywood Version DVD

Blu-Ray
Original Hollywood Version Blu-Ray


Books

Book
Guys and Dolls and Other Writings by Damon Runyon


Other

Merchandise




1951 Tony Award Nominations

Best Musical
Best Actor in a Musical - Robert Alda
Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Isabel Bigley
Best Choreography
Best Director

1951 Theatre World Award Nominations

Isabel Bigley

1965 Tony Award Nominations

Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Jerry Orbach

1997 Tony Award Nominations

Best Actor in a Musical - Robert Guillaume
Best Actress in a Musical - Ernestine Jackson
Most Innovative Production of a Revival

1977 Theatre World Award Nominations

Ken Page

1977 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding Actor in a Musical - Robert Guillaume
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical - Ernestine Jackson

1994 Theatre World Award Nominations

Burke Moses

1992 Tony Award Nominations

Best Direction of a Musical
Best Revival
Best Actress in a Musical - Faith Prince
Best Scenic Design
Best Actress in a Musical - Josie de Guzman
Best Actor in a Musical - Nathan Lane
Best Lighting Design
Best Choreography

1992 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding Actor in a Musical - Nathan Lane
Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Faith Prince
Outstanding Director of a Musical
Outstanding Costumes
Outstanding Lighting Design
Outstanding Set Design
Outstanding Revival Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical - Walter Bobbie
Outstanding Choreography
Outstanding Actor in a Musical - Peter Gallagher

2009 Tony Award Nominations

Best Revival of a Musical
Best Scenic Design of a Musical

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