Overview


Synopsis

Guys and Dolls is a musical romantic comedy involving the unlikeliest of Manhattan pairings: a high-rolling gambler and a puritanical missionary, a showgirl dreaming of the straight-and-narrow and a crap game manager who is anything but. Set in the Manhattan of Damon Runyon’s short stories, Guys and Dolls tells of con-man Nathan Detroit’s efforts to find new life for his illegal, but notorious, crap game. When their trusty venue is found out by the police, Nathan has to find a new home for his crap game quickly - but he doesn’t have the dough to secure the one location he finds. Enter Sky Masterson, a high-rolling gambler willing to take on any honest bet with a high enough reward attached. Nathan bets Sky that he can’t take the “doll” of Nathan’s choosing to Havana, Cuba with him on a date. When Sky agrees to the bet, Nathan chooses uptight Evangelist Sergeant Sarah Brown, head of Broadway’s Save-a-Soul Mission. Sky thinks he’s been duped, but he’s in for even more of a surprise when his efforts to woo Sarah are so successful that he falls in love with her himself! Guys and Dolls* takes us from bustle of Times Square to the dance clubs of Havana to the sewers of New York City as it demonstrates the great lengths to which a guy will go when he truly falls in love with a “doll.” Guys and Dolls features some of Frank Loesser’s most memorable tunes, including the hilarious “Adelaide’s Lament,” the romantic “I’ve Never Been in Love Before,” the exuberant “If I Were a Bell” and the classic “Luck be a Lady.”


Characters

Female

Lead

Alto

Male

Lead

Baritone

Female

Lead

Soprano



Show Information

Music:
Lyrics:
Category
Musical
Number of Acts:
2 Acts
Tony Award ®
Best Musical 1950
First Produced:
1950
Genres
Comedy, Romance
Settings
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
new york, havana, cuba
Cast Size
medium
Orchestra Size
Large
Dancing
Some Dance
Ideal For
religious organization, high school, university, community theater, professional theater, large cast, star vehicle - female, star vehicle, male, mainly men, large chorus
Casting Notes:
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, mature adult, elderly, young adult characters

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