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STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 3/1/16- GUYS AND DOLLSSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 3/1/16- GUYS AND DOLLS
by Stage Tube - Mar 1, 2016

Today in 2009, Guys and Dolls opened at the Nederlander Theatre, where it ran for 121 performances. Guys and Dolls is a musical with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. It is based on 'The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown' and 'Blood Pressure', two short stories by Damon Runyon, and also borrows characters and plot elements from other Runyon stories, most notably 'Pick the Winner'. Premiering on Broadway in 1950, the original production ran for 1200 performances and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The musical has had several Broadway revivals as well as West End productions. (more...)

Spiro and Kind Join Tompsett In Phoenix West End Transfer Of GUYS AND DOLLS!Spiro and Kind Join Tompsett In Phoenix West End Transfer Of GUYS AND DOLLS!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2016

Following critical acclaim at the Savoy Theatre, the Chichester Festival Theatre revival of Guys and Dolls will be extending its run at the Phoenix Theatre from 19 March 2016. Casting for the West End extension includes multiple Olivier Award-winning actress Samantha Spiro (Hello Dolly) as Miss Adelaide, Richard Kind (Disney/Pixar's BAFTA award-wining Inside Out) as Nathan Detroit and Oliver Tompsett (Wicked) as Sky Masterson. Continuing in their roles from the Savoy to the Phoenix Theatre are Siubhan Harrison as Sarah Brown, and Gavin Spokes as Nicely Nicely Johnson. (more...)

GUYS AND DOLLS Confirmed to Transfer to the Phoenix Theatre!GUYS AND DOLLS Confirmed to Transfer to the Phoenix Theatre!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2016

Following critical acclaim at the Savoy Theatre, the Chichester Festival Theatre revival of Guys and Dolls will transfer to the Phoenix Theatre whilst simultaneously touring the UK from March 2016. T (more...)

BWW Interview: Surfside Players' Bryan Bergeron Chats GUYS AND DOLLSBWW Interview: Surfside Players' Bryan Bergeron Chats GUYS AND DOLLS
by Matt Tamanini - Jan 14, 2016

There are few titles in the American Musical cannon that are as beloved as GUYS AND DOLLS. The show about loveable gangsters and gamblers in 1920s and 30s New York has been thrilling audiences around the world since 1950. With music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and a book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, GUYS AND DOLLS is often held up beside MY FAIR LADY and GYPSY as the epitome of the musical theatre artform. Beginning Friday, January 22nd, the Surfside Players in Cocoa Beach will mount a production of the classic musical, helmed by director Bryan Bergeron. Recently, I had the chance to exchange emails with Bergeron to discuss the show. (more...)

Pittsburgh Public Theater to present GUYS & DOLLS, 1/28-2/28Pittsburgh Public Theater to present GUYS & DOLLS, 1/28-2/28
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2016

Brimming with song & dance, comedy & romance, gamblers & chorus girls, the unforgettable Guys & Dolls starts the year at Pittsburgh Public Theater. Ted Pappas directs and choreographs the Great American Musical running January 28 - February 28, 2016 at the O'Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater's home in the heart of Downtown's Cultural District. For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit ppt.org. Guys & Dolls is presented by Highmark. (more...)

BWW Review: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY Beams With InspirationBWW Review: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY Beams With Inspiration
by Herbert Paine - Dec 21, 2015

The interpretation and staging of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY by director/actor Tim Shawver and his fellow thespians ~ Marshall Glass, Devon Nickel, Katie Larson, Traci McCormick, and Timothy Pittman ~ are impressive, entertaining, and heartwarming. On the air now at AZ Broadway Theatre ~ through December 24th. (more...)

BWW Review: GUYS AND DOLLS, Reinvented and Rich with Life at The WallisBWW Review: GUYS AND DOLLS, Reinvented and Rich with Life at The Wallis
by Ellen Dostal - Dec 11, 2015

Luck has nothing to do with it. Mary Zimmerman's GUYS AND DOLLS is a well thought out, surprisingly fresh reinvention of one of the best golden age musicals ever written. The charming production just concluded a 9-month run at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and can now be seen on stage at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts through December 20. It is the second musical to make such a transition following last December's enchanting Into the Woods, also directed by Zimmerman. Let us hope the tradition will continue. (more...)

Stage Adaptation of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE Set for The Ware CenterStage Adaptation of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE Set for The Ware Center
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2015

Professional actor Jeremy Kendall stars in the hilariously touching one-man tour-de-force THIS WONDERFUL LIFE, a stage adaptation of the iconic holiday film 'It's A Wonderful Life' by Steve Murray, at the Ware Center on Thursday and Friday, December 10-11, at 7:30 p.m. both nights. Directed by Dan Deal, the play brings to life over 32 familiar people in an amazing display of physical and verbal virtuosity. Kendall portrays the Jimmy Stewart-inspired George Bailey and the whole cast of loveable characters from Bedford Falls, including Clarence the Angel, Mary, Zuzu and all of the townsfolk who rely on him to save them from the greedy Mr. Potter. The Ware Center is located at 42. N. Prince Street, Lancaster. (more...)

BWW Review: GUYS AND DOLLS, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, November 25 2015BWW Review: GUYS AND DOLLS, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, November 25 2015
by Jenny Ell - Nov 26, 2015

Guys and Dolls has a long musical history. Originating and premiering on Broadway in 1950 and winning the Tony Award for Best Musical the following year, the show was soon turned into a film starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra, which it is most fondly recognised for. There have been a multitude of successful revivals over the years and this one is currently enjoying a couple of pre-West End engagements before it opens at the Savoy Theatre for a limited run, starting next month. (more...)

South Bend Civic Theatre Sets 2016 SeasonSouth Bend Civic Theatre Sets 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 24, 2015

From the cobblestone streets of London and the islands off the Irish coast, to the halls of Harvard and clamor of the second Continental Congress, Artistic Director, Mark Abram-Copenhaver, is proud to announce the 2016 season at the South Bend Civic Theatre. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 11/24/15- GUYS AND DOLLSSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 11/24/15- GUYS AND DOLLS
by Stage Tube - Nov 24, 2015

Today in 1950, Guys and Dolls opened at the 46th Street Theatre (now the Richard Rodgers Theatre), where it ran for 1200 performances. Guys and Dolls is a musical with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. The musical has had several Broadway and London revivals, as well as a 1955 film adaptation starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine. (more...)

Mary Zimmerman to Direct GUYS & DOLLS at The Wallis, 12/1Mary Zimmerman to Direct GUYS & DOLLS at The Wallis, 12/1
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2015

'Well, hang on to your snap-brim fedora: Ms. Zimmerman's fetching revival is as good as any production I've ever seen of the greatest of all the golden-age musicals,' proclaimed the Wall Street Journal when Oregon Shakespeare Festival staged the Broadway musical classic Guys & Dolls earlier this year at its Ashland, Oregon-based theatre. Now, for a limited run, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts will present this production for the holidays in the Bram Goldsmith Theater for 24 performances beginning Dec 1 and running through Dec 20. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at GUYS & DOLLS, Coming to The Wallis, 12/1STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at GUYS & DOLLS, Coming to The Wallis, 12/1
by Stage Tube - Nov 17, 2015

'Well, hang on to your snap-brim fedora: Ms. Zimmerman's fetching revival is as good as any production I've ever seen of the greatest of all the golden-age musicals,' proclaimed the Wall Street Journal when Oregon Shakespeare Festival staged the Broadway musical classic Guys & Dolls earlier this year at its Ashland, Oregon-based theatre. Now, for a limited run, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts will present this production for the holidays in the Bram Goldsmith Theater for 24 performances beginning Dec 1 and running through Dec 20.  Check out a sneak peek below! (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Atlanta - Week of 11/15/2015Now Playing Onstage in Atlanta - Week of 11/15/2015
by BWW - Nov 15, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 11/15/2015 for Atlanta (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Baltimore - Week of 11/15/2015Now Playing Onstage in Baltimore - Week of 11/15/2015
by BWW - Nov 15, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 11/15/2015 for Baltimore (more...)

Matt Faucher, Jessica Lauren Ball, Paul Binotto and Lauren Weinberg Lead GUYS AND DOLLS, Starting Tonight at Olney Theatre CenterMatt Faucher, Jessica Lauren Ball, Paul Binotto and Lauren Weinberg Lead GUYS AND DOLLS, Starting Tonight at Olney Theatre Center
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2015

Olney Theatre Center, a Mid-Atlantic destination for extraordinary theater performance and education, continues its 2015-2016 season with the classic American musical GUYS AND DOLLS tonight, November 11 through December 27 on the Mainstage. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Baltimore - Week of 11/08/2015Now Playing Onstage in Baltimore - Week of 11/08/2015
by BWW - Nov 8, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 11/08/2015 for Baltimore (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Atlanta - Week of 11/08/2015Now Playing Onstage in Atlanta - Week of 11/08/2015
by BWW - Nov 8, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 11/08/2015 for Atlanta (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Meet Jamie Parker, Siubhan Harrison, David Haig and Sophie Thompson of GUYS & DOLLSSTAGE TUBE: Meet Jamie Parker, Siubhan Harrison, David Haig and Sophie Thompson of GUYS & DOLLS
by Stage Tube - Nov 3, 2015

Full casting is announced for the highly acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre revival of Guys and Dolls, which is at the New Alexandra Theatre from Tues 24 November to Sat 5 December 2015, prior to a strictly limited run at the Savoy Theatre in the West End.  Meet the principals in the video below! (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Atlanta - Week of 11/01/2015Now Playing Onstage in Atlanta - Week of 11/01/2015
by BWW - Nov 1, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 11/01/2015 for Atlanta (more...)

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