The School of Theatre at Florida State University Presents
Guys and Dolls
October 20 – 29, 2017
The School of Theatre at Florida State University evokes the dazzle of New York City and the sizzle of Havana in the first musical of their 2017/2018 season, Guys and Dolls. Bustling with gamblers, missionaries, and sassy showgirls, this classic Broadway musical, which many believe is the greatest musical ever created, follows the unlikeliest of romantic pairings. A notorious gambler attempts to woo a straight-laced, Save-a-Soul mission doll in hopes of winning a bet. Meanwhile, after waiting 14 years, a lamenting showgirl wants to finally drag her fiancée to the alter. Place your bets on love conquering all in this hilarious Broadway classic featuring a bushel of songs you know and love.
Guys and Dolls opened on Broadway in 1950 and is based on a collection of short stories by American writer Damon Runyon. This classic musical features music and lyrics by Frank Loesser (How to Succeed…, The Most Happy Fella), with a book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. This production features School of Theatre students Michael Bradley (Sky Masterson), Emily Kramm (Sarah Brown), Sean Watkinson (Nathan Detroit), Jeanne Schwenck (Miss Adelaide), Collin Phillips (Nicely-Nicely Johnson), and FSU School of Commnication Teaching Professor Mark Zeigler (Arvide Abernathy). Guys & Dolls features direction by Fred Chappell, scenic design by Andrea Ball, costume design by MFA Costume Design candidate Clara Jean Kelly, sound design by Zach Cramer, and lighting design by guest artist Jakyung Seo.
Director Fred Chappell shares his thoughts on this production saying, “Written in the 50’s and based on the writings of Damon Runyon, Guys and Dolls is a landmark in the progressive history of musical theatre in this country. It’s tightly-woven plot, it’s brilliant songs and clever lyrics and it’s colorful characters constitute those qualities that make for an outstanding theatre piece. It’s no wonder that today we call the show a classic.”
The original production won 5 Tony Awards in 1951 including Best Musical. Since its premiere production, Guys and Dolls has had several Broadway and London revivals, as well as a 1955 film version that featured Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Jean Simmons, and Vivian Blaine. In recent years, the musical has attracted many notable celebrities to it’s famous roles such as Nathan Lane, Peter Gallagher, Jane Krakowski, Ewan McGregor, and Tituss Burgess to name a few.
Don’t miss The School of Theatre’s production of Guys and Dolls playing at The Fallon Theatre October 20 through 29. For additional media, information, or interview opportunities, contact: Naomi Longshore – firstname.lastname@example.org or (850) 644-6488.
Rating: Rated PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Includes adult content and violence.
Tickets: Tickets for Guys and Dolls are $10 – $22, plus applicable fees, and are subject to availability.