Guys and Dolls

Sky Masterson! There is the highest play

Nathan Detroit

Guys and Dolls

See more monologues from Jo Swerling, Abe Burrows, Frank Loesser


Age Range
Act One, Scene One
Time & Place
The streets of Broadway
Time Period
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Monologue Context

Nathan Detroit needs to come up with $1000 to get a place for his floating crap

Monologue Text

Sky Masterson! There is the highest player of them all! [...] Higher than anybody. Why do you think they call him Sky? That's how high he bets. I once saw him bet five thousand dollars on a cockroach. And another time he was sick, and he wouldn't take penicillin on account he had bet ten C's that his temperature would go to 104. [...] He's so lucky it went to 106. Good old Sky. [...] With him a thousand dollars ain't lending money - it's betting money. So why don't I bet him? Why don't I bet him a thousand on something? [...] I ain't scared. I am perfectly willing to take the risk, providing I can figure out a bet on which there is no chance of losing.

Swerling, Jo, and Burrows, Abe. Guys and Dolls: A Musical Fable of Broadway, Music Theater International, 1951, pp 14-15.

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