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Guys and Dolls (Vocal Selections) - Full Length Musical

Guys and Dolls (Vocal Selections)

Abe Burrows, Frank Loesser, Jo Sweling

Full Length Musical

ISBN: 9780881882018

Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Based on The Idyll of Sarah Brown and characters by Damon Runyon

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(Vocal Selections). 12 vocal selections from the Broadway staple, including: Adelaide's Lament * A Bushel and a Peck * Fugue for Tinhorns * Guys and Dolls * I've Never Been in Love Before * If I Were a Bell * Luck Be a Lady * Sit down You're Rockin' the Boat * and more.
"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." -Variety

"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
GUYS AND DOLLS, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, premiered at the 46th Street Theatre on Broadway on November 24, 1950. It was directed by playwright George S. Kaufman and starred Robert Alda (father of Alan Alda) as Sky. The production ran for 1,200 performances. The New York City Center also mounted limited engagements of the musical in 1955, 1965, and 1966. In 1976, it enjoyed its first Broadway revival; a re-imagining of the show with an all-black cast. It featured new musical arrangements in the style of Motown and was under the supervision of book writer Abe Burrows. It ran from July 21, 1976 to February 13, 1977. Another extremely successful revival was mounted in 1992, starring Nathan Lane, Peter Gallagher, and Faith Prince. The most recent revival ran from March 1 to June 14, 2009 and featured Oliver Platt and Lauren Graham. The musical has received a significant amount of play in England. The West End premiere of the musical was on May 28, 1953 at the London Coliseum. In 1982, there was a major revival at the National Theatre, with brassier orchestrations and larger-scale dance numbers. It opened on March 9, 1982 and became a smash hit running for nearly four years and breaking box office records. It closed in late 1983 to make way for another show, but returned to the National Theatre for five months in 1984 before going on a national tour. After the tour, it moved to the Prince of Wales Theatre at the West End, where it ran from June 1985 to April 1986. Two more successful revivals in London happened in 1996 and 2005; the latter originally starred Ewan McGregor, Jane Krakowski, and Douglas Hodge, running for almost two years with a plan to transfer to Broadway.
ARVIDE ABERNATHY The bass drum and cymbal player in the Mission band, he is Sarah’s loving grandfather. Wise and sweet, he wants nothing but the best for her. Male, 50-65 yrs old Range: D4 - F5

BENNY SOUTHSTREET Nathan’s right-hand man and a gambler himself. Smart, slick, always moving and shaking, but with what he thinks are Nathan’s best interest at heart. Male, 30-45 yrs old Range: D4 - G5

BIG JULE A big time craps player from Chicago who uses a gun and his own pair of rigged dice to bully his way into never losing. Tough looking. A bit of an oaf. Male, 30-50 yrs old Range: F3 - G5


HARRY THE HORSE A crook and gambler. He is a tough guy with dollar signs as his bottom line. Brings Big Jule into Nathan’s craps game and backs his cheating, but is also a man of his word in the gambling community. Male, 35-55 yrs old Range: F3 - G5

LT. BRANNIGAN A New York police officer who is on to Nathan’s illegal craps games and is dead-set on catching him. A tough, no-nonsense character. Male, 40-55 yrs old Speaking Role

MISS ADELAIDE Nathan’s fiancé and a lead performer at the Hot Box nightclub. She loves Nathan more than anything in the world and desperately wants to get married. Pretty, outspoken, stubborn. Female, 25-35 yrs old Range: A3 - E5

NATHAN DETROIT A good-hearted gambler and craps game organizer who could never hit the bigtime. He loves Adelaide, but cannot quit his gambling ways. A broke schemer with unwitting ways. Male, 35-45 yrs old Range: D4 - F5

NICELY-NICELY JOHNSON Just like his name suggests, he is the nicest and cheeriest of the gambling crooks. High-spirited and a bit naïve, but sincere and genuine. Nathan's loyal friend and lackey. Male, 30-45 yrs old Range: D4 - B5

SARAH BROWN A pretty, bright-eyed woman who serves as Sergeant of the local Mission. She fully believes in her worthy cause and wishes to convert the gambling sinners to saints. Falls unexpectedly in love with Sky along the way. She is prudish and uptight, but eventually lets go. Female, 20-30 yrs old Range: B3 - G5

SKY MASTERSON A high-stakes gambler whose luck never seems to run out, and a wild card who surprises himself when he falls in love with the unlikeliest of women. Suave, smart, handsome. Male, 35-45 yrs old Range: B3 - E5
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