Guys and Dolls the Musical
One of the best-loved musicals of all time, Guys and Dolls is the story of slick gambler Sky Masterson's unlikely wooing of prim missionary Sarah Brown, set against the never-ceasing hustle and bustle of Broadway. Slippery Nathan Detroit, meanwhile, is trying to evade the law and the marriage expectations of his girlfriend Adelaide. Expect sharp suits, wisecracking dialogue, dazzling dance numbers and show-stopping hits such as “Luck Be a Lady Tonight”. No need to roll the dice – you'll be onto a sure thing when you grab yourself some Guys and Dolls tickets at StubHub.
Background and origins
Guys and Dolls takes its inspiration from the short stories of Damon Runyon, which vividly capture the seedy side of Broadway nightlife, full of colourful underworld characters - penniless grifters, brassy gangster's molls and small-time hoods. The script, written by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, is especially faithful to the comedic way in which Runyon's characters speak, mixing formal language with hard-boiled street slang. As well as great dialogue, the show is packed with jazzy tunes from the Pulitzer Prize-winning pen of Frank Loesser. Throw in some snappy costumes and vivid sets, and it's easy to see why generations of theatregoers have been enthralled by the magical world known as “Runyonland”.
Opening in 1950, the original production ran for over 1,200 performances and earned five Tony Awards. In 1982, there was a major revival at the National Theatre in London. Directed by Richard Eyre and starring Bob Hoskins and Ian Carmichael (Chariots of Fire), this would go on to run for four years, garnering five Olivier awards and a host of other accolades. It's still remembered as one of the most brilliant musical productions ever mounted. In 1992, Nathan Lane (The Birdcage) and Peter Gallagher (The OC) fronted a star-studded new Broadway production which secured four Tony Awards and notched up over 1,000 performances. Ewan McGregor played Sky in a West End production in 2005, which later transferred to Melbourne. There was also a well-received movie version in 1955, starring Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra and Jean Simmons. Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, the film retained much of the choreography from the first stage production.
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