On April 3, a one night only performance of Guys and Dolls will come to Carnegie Hall. The Frank Loesser, Jo Swerling, and Abe Burrows classic Guys and Dolls first premiered on Broadway in 1950. It was revived in 1976 led by Robert Guillaume, 1992 with Nathan Lane and Peter Gallagher, and most recently in the year 2009 with Oliver Platt and Craig Beirko. A film adaptation was created in 1955 starring Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando.
The theatre announced that the April show will benefit Carnegie Hall’s education programs.In recent years Carnegie Hall has hosted a list of classic musicals including Rodger and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music (2011), Kern and Hammerstein’s Show Boat (2008), and South Pacific (2005) among several other shows.
Guys and Dolls is based upon the short stories of New York journalist Damon Runyon. It tells the story of love between a crapshooter, Nathan Detroit and his fiancée Adelaide, gambler Sky Masterson, and missionary Sarah Brown. It is directed by Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien who is known for his work in The Nance and Hairspray.
The St. Luke’s Orchestra will accompany the show’s singers adding an additional element of musical wonder. The show’s score includes memorable favorites such as “Bushel and a Peck”, “Luck Be A Lady”, “If I Were A Bell”, “I’ve Never Been In Love Before”, and “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat”.
Additional members of the production team include Joshua Bergasse with choreography, Wendall K. Harrington with video and projections, Alan Adelman with lighting design, and Nevin Steinburg with sound design.
The cast and other contributing personnel have yet to be released, but will be announced at a later time.
Tickets for the show are set to go on sale to Carnegie Hall subscribers and donors August 19, 2013 at 8 AM, while tickets for the general public will go on sale August 26, 2013 at 8 AM.