Tony Winner Jack O'Brien Directs GUYS AND DOLLS in Concert at Carnegie Hall Tonight
Carnegie Hall's gala benefit performance of Guys and Dolls is set for tonight, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage.
The cast features Nathan Laneas Nathan Detroit; Patrick Wilson as Sky Masterson; Sierra Boggess as Sarah Brown; Megan Mullally as Miss Adelaide;John Bolton as Angie the Ox; Robert Clohessy as Lieutenant Brannigan; Colman Domingo as Rusty Charlie; John Treacy Egan as Nicely-Nicely Johnson; Christopher Fitzgerald as Benny Southstreet; Steve Schirripa as Big Jule; Lee Wilkofas Harry the Horse; Len Cariou as Arvide Abernathy; and Judy Kaye as General Matilda B. Cartwright.
Three-time Tony Award-winning director Jack O'Brien (Hairspray, The Nance, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) directs the concert production, collaborating with Rob Fisher (The Sound of Music at Carnegie Hall and founding music director of Encores! and Anything Goes and Chicago) as music director conducting the Orchestra of St. Luke's and choreographer Joshua Bergasse (NBC's SMASH). Additional creative personnel include costume consultant William Ivey Long, lighting designer Alan Adelman, projections designerWendall K. Harrington, and sound designer Nevin Steinberg, with casting by Telsey + Company. The musical is presented with full orchestra, cast, and ensemble, and is a gala benefit, providing support for the wide-ranging music education programs of Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute.
With music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, Guys and Dolls has remained a perennial favorite in the American musical theater canon. The musical is an adaptation of short stories by Damon Runyon and paints a picture of 1930s New York City, focusing on gamblers Sky Masterson and Nathan Detroit, missionary Sarah Brown, and nightclub dancer Miss Adelaide. The score includes favorites such as a "A Bushel and a Peck," "Luck Be A Lady," "Take Back Your Mink," "Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat," and "If I Were A Bell." Guys and Dolls premiered on Broadway in 1950 and was subsequently revived in 1976, 1992, and, most recently, in 2009.
Carnegie Hall's concert presentations of favorite musicals in recent years have included Rodgers and Hammerstein's works The Sound of Music with Laura Osnes and Tony Goldwyn (2011), South Pacific with Reba McEntire and Brian Stokes Mitchell (2005), and Carousel with Hugh Jackman and Audra McDonald (2002), as well as Kern and Hammerstein's Show Boat with Nathan Gunn, Carolee Carmello, Marilyn Horne, and Alvy Powell (2008).