A show takes up residence at the Nederlander Theatre. Guys and Dolls began on February 3, 2009, with an official start date of March 1, 2009. Since Rent’s departure a few months prior this is the first show to play at this theater in twelve years. Based on two short stories, “The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown” and “Blood Pressure” by Damon Runyon the show chronicles the lives of small-time gamblers and the ladies in their lives. The production stars Tony award nominee Oliver Platt and Gilmore Girls star Lauren Graham.
Set in 1940’s New York small time gambler Nathan Detroit bets his charming friend Sky Masterson that he can’t make the next woman he sees fall in love with him. A confident Sky takes the bet but unfortunately for him the next dame to walk in is the neighborhood missionary, Sarah Brown. This sets the stage for an old-fashioned musical that will knock your socks off! The music, choreography, and set will take you back to vintage Broadway were big shows, lavish stories, and catchy tunes were what was expected. This show delivers it all!
The show first took Broadway by storm in 1950 where it ended up winning five Tony awards including Best Musical and Best Book. The 1955 film adaptation starred Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, and Jean Simmons. The current cast features some very talented and well-known actors. In the role of Nathan is Oliver Platt who received a Tony award nomination for his work in the 2006 production of Shining City. He has also received Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for his role in Huff as well as Emmy nominations for his outstanding guest starring roles in West Wing and Nip/Tuck. Starring opposite Platt is Lauren Graham who is best known for her Golden Globe-nominated role as Lorelai Gilmore in the popular series The Gilmore Girls. This performance will mark her Broadway debut. Also featured in the cast are Tony award nominees Craig Bierko and Kate Jennings Grant. The last time this show was revived was in 1992 and it starred Peter Gallagher and stage favorite Nathan Lane.
The mesmerizing score by Frank Loesser features such incredible show tunes as “Luck Be A Lady”, “A Bushel and A Peck” and “Guys and Dolls”. It has been seventeen years since this unforgettable show has been seen on the Great White Way – you’ve waited long enough! Guys and Dolls Broadway tickets are on sale now for this fabulous show – get your seats today. Come see why this show is quintessential Broadway at its best!
The Guys and Dolls musical have given great performance whenever it played. During its first Broadway run, it gave a total of 1200 performances. So far it has had three revivals with a total of 1397 Broadway performances.
The musical was such a hit that a film version was made in 1955. It starred Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Vivian Blaine, and Jean Simmons.
The book, Guys and Dolls were adopted by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows from “The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown” and “Blood Pressure,” both of which are short stories written by Damon Runyon. Runyon’s short stories are known for their brilliant accounts and interesting characters.
The music and lyrics of Guys and Dolls musical are penned by Frank Loesser. Its various songs fit in perfectly and in a humorous way with the storyline. For instance, the song “Fatigue for Tinhorns” is essentially a debate between Nicely-Nicely Johnson, Rusty Charlie, and Benny Southstreet over which horse will win the race. The song is hilarious, and a realistic presentation of the ways gamblers use their inside information to win.
There are some great scores in Guys and Dolls. “Follow the Fold,” “The Oldest Established,” “Adelaide’s Lament” and “Luck, Be a Lady” are some of the great songs that audiences have loved ever since the musical made its first Broadway debut.
Guys and Dolls musicals have always been received well by critics and audiences. No wonder it has won so many awards over the years.
1951 Tony Award for Best Musical, Best Actor in a Musical, Best Choreography, Best Director, and Best Featured Actress in a Musical.
1951 Theatre World Award- Isabel Bigley
Ken Page received the 1977 Theatre World Award
1992 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical (Nathan Lane), Best Actress in a musical (Faith Prince), Best Scenic Design, Best Direction of a Musical, and Best Revival.
It also won the 1992 Drama Desk Award under the category of Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Nathan Lane), Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Faith Prince), Outstanding Costumes, Outstanding Set Design, Outstanding Revival, Outstanding Director of a Musical, and Outstanding Lighting Design.
The original cast of Guys and Dolls musical included Vivian Blaine, Robert Alda, Sam Levene, Isabel Bigley, Pat Rooney Sr., and Jonny Silver.
Guys and Dolls is a story of Nathan Detroit, who is into hosting floating craps games. His fiancé of 14 years, Miss Adelaide, tried so often to get him to reform his ways but to no avail. The antics of Nathan Detroit and his motley crew have enchanted audiences for several decades.
Now it is going to enchant you, but for that, you would need to buy tickets for the Guys and Dolls musical. The good news is that they are available online through authorized ticket sites. The tickets will be delivered through a mobile device.
With the Guys and Dolls musical back on Broadway, we are going to see another round of great Guys and Dolls reviews. The show has always got great reviews ever since it first opened on Broadway on November 24, 1950. It won the 1952 Tony Award for Best Musical for the Broadway production. During its first run on Broadway, it gave 1200 performances, which were well-received by critics and audiences alike.
Another Great Broadway Revival
There is no doubt that we are going to get some great Guys and Dolls reviews for this Broadway revival as well. With a great production and cast team, audiences are surely going to love Guys and Dolls.
The latest Broadway revival is being directed by two-time Tony winner Des McNuff of the Jersey Boys fame. Nathan Detroit is being played by Emmy and Tony nominee Oliver Platt. He is well known for his roles in Shinning City and Huff.
Golden Globe nominee Lauren Graham plays Miss Adelaide. Lauren Graham is well known for her roles in Gilmore Girls and Evan Almighty. The musical also stars Kate Jennings Grant as Sarah Brown. Tony nominee Craig Bierko plays Sky Masterson.
A Great Score
With such a strong cast, we are going to get to read some great Guys and Dolls reviews. Plus, with a great score which would include the unforgettable “Luck Be A Lady” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat,” the audiences are going to have a great Broadway experience.
Best Seats to Guys and Dolls
There is time to make it out and see Guys and Dolls with the best seats. If you wait too long for the show you want to see you may miss out on center-stage seating. Look for the first 20 rows if you can. Where you sit within those rows won’t really matter. If you get some seats in the balcony also remain in the stage center. The sound will pop for you while in those sections.