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Friday, April 21, 2017
Inside "Guys & Dolls"
Marshall University Theatre wraps up its season this weekend with a terrific show - the classic musical Guys & Dolls! Derek Halsey gives us a look at the production in this story in the Herald-Dispatch. Here's an excerpt: ------------------
Set in the bustling underworld of 1920s and '30s New York, Guys & Dolls debuted on Broadway in 1950 and quickly added its iconic songs - like "Luck Be a Lady" and "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat" - to the American songbook.
Now, the Marshall University School of Theatre brings the classic, gangster-themed musical to life to close out its 2016-17 season. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, through Saturday, April 22, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse. Tickets are $20; $15 for seniors and Marshall University employees; Marshall students free with ID. Call 304-696-2787 for more information.
Based on two short stories by the late 1880s/early 1900s writer Damon Runyon, Guys & Dolls is about the clash between some gamblers in New York City and some attractive, straight-laced women that run a Salvation Army mission and are in search of some souls to save. One side tries to outwit the other while love enters into the picture and turns everyone's heads around.
With music written by Frank Loesser and a book written by Jo Swirling and Abe Burrows, Guys & Dolls also became famous for the actors who played the parts in this madcap story. Most notable was the 1955 film version of the play that starred Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Jean Simmons and Vivian Blaine, who appeared in the original Broadway production.