Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser; libretto
by Abe Burrows.
Although Guys & Dolls eventually became the fifth longest running Broadway musical of the 1950s, it was a long a difficult road getting to the stage at all. It took 11 librettists to before the producers finally settled on Abe Burrows.
Based on Damon Runyan's short story The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown, Guys & Dolls revolves around Nathan Detroit, the organizer of the old- est established floating crap game in New York. Nathan bets Sky Masterton that he can't make the next girl he sees fall in love with him. The next girl happens to be Miss Sarah Brown, a pure-at-heart mission-type reformer; and the stage is set for a hilarious evening of complications.
Guys & Dolls opened at New York's 46th Street Theatre on November 24th, 1950 and enjoyed a run of 1200 performances. The original cast in- cluded Alan Alda, Vivian Blane, Sam Levene and Isabel Bigley. The film version in 1955 starred Marlon Brando, Vivian Blane, Jean Simmons and Frank Sinatra.
This is the first time that the Cowichan Musical Society has put the orchestra on stage and not in the pit. The directors felt that the show lent itself to making the band part of the cast. This innovation makes this production of Guys & Dolls unlike any other you have seen before.
Director - Drew Kemp
Music Director - Mike Simkins
Choreograhpy - Sandra Walton
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