Set in Depression-era Times Square, Guys and Dolls is about a couple of big city gamblers and the women who love them. It tells the overlapping stories of high-roller Sky Masterson, who falls in love with mission worker Sarah Brown, and lovable rapscallion Nathan Detroit, engaged for 14 years to Miss Adelaide, a headliner at the Hot Box Club. Nathan runs a famous floating crap game, and an ongoing plot line involves his quest for a safe place for the game as Adelaide continues her quest to convince him to marry her. Meanwhile, Sarah, mistakenly believing that Sky set up an illegal game at the mission, tries to fight her affection for the charismatic crapshooter.
"In all departments, Guys and Dolls is a perfect musical comedy.... The book is a work of easy and delightful humor. Its music and lyrics, by Frank Loesser, are so right for the show and so completely lacking in banality, that they amount to an artistic triumph."
– Daily News
"One of the funniest and melodious shows in seasons. Everything about it seems practically perfect."
"Mr. Loesser's lyrics and songs have the same affectionate appreciation of the material as the book, which is funny without being self-conscious or mechanical."
– The New York Times
"Guys and Dolls is just what it should be to celebrate the Runyon spirit.... [It is] filled with the salty characters and richly original language sacred to the memory of the late Master"
– New York Post
CAST OF CHARACTERS:
Nathan Detroit, Lead, Baritone
Miss Adelaide, Lead, Mezzo-Soprano
Sarah Brown, Lead, Soprano
Sky Masterson, Lead, Baritone
Arvide Abernathy, Supporting, Baritone
Harry the Horse, Supporting, Baritone
Nicely-Nicely Johnson, Supporting, Tenor
General Matilda Cartwright, Featured, Mezzo-Soprano