Based on a story & characters by Damon Runyon

Book by Jo Swerling & Abe Burrows

Music & Lyrics by Frank Loesser

March 1999 saw us tour Guys and Dolls, the classic 1950's musical. Brightly coloured and full of strong performances; highlights included Janet's performance as the out-of-key Salvation Army oddball, Martha, which was one of the high spots of the show. All the way through, this sad, unattractive character had consistently sung off-pitch in every number she had been in. The audience knew it; the cast knew it and everyone dreaded her joining in! And then, right at the end, she was given her chance for stardom and boy, did she take it! She erupted into an up-tempo, up-beat jazzy improvisation version of Follow the Fold like no one had ever heard before, and not surprisingly brought the house down

The combination of Floyds performance as Sky Masterson and Lorna as Sarah Brown was magical whilst Chris Chedzey excelled as Nicely-Nicely, Angie Dymott shone with her rendition of A person could develop a cold, and Adam Parsons pratfalls were a little scary, how he didn't hurt himself we will never know!

 

 

The musical premiered on Broadway at the 46th Street Theatre, opening on November 24, 1950. It starred Robert Alda, Sam Levene, Isabel Bigley, and Vivian Blaine. The musical ran for 1,200 performances, winning five 1951 Tony Awards, including the award for Best Musical. The original London production opened at the London Coliseum on May 28, 1953 and ran for 555 performances. On November 3, 1955 the film version was released, starring Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, and Jean Simmons, with Vivian Blaine reprising her role as the comic Miss Adelaide.