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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.