Triplett, Price, Cooper and Morrissey Join West End Guys and Dolls, March 6
A quartet of new leads will join the hit West End revival of Guys and Dolls on March 6th.Joining the previously-announced Sally Ann Triplett as Miss Adelaide will be Adam Cooper as Sky Masterson, Kelly Price as Sarah Brown and Neil Morrissey as Nathan Detroit. They will replace, respectively, Sarah Lancashire, Nigel Harman, Nigel Lindsay and Jenna Russell (the last remaining performer from the original cast of the revival). Lynsey Britton is currently on stage as Miss Adelaide due to Lancashire's reported chest infection. "Prior to Triplett's arrival, it seems increasingly unlikely that Lancashire, who has been off with a reported chest infestion, will return to the role of the permanently sniffly Miss Adelaide," according to a recent Whatsonstage.com article.Triplett recently appeared as Roxie in the West End production of Chicago; other London credits include Anything Goes, Acorn Antiques, Cats, Golden Boy, Rags, Jolson, Oliver! and Cabaret. Price, an original cast member of the Guys and Dolls revival, currently appears as Martha. Other West End credits include Mamma Mia!
Best known as a dancer, Cooper received a Tony Award nomination for his work in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake; he also appeared in the dance piece in London and on tour. His musical theatre credits include choreographing and performing in a London revival of On Your Toes and choreographing Garbo: The Musical, which premiered in Stockholm, Sweden in 2002. Morrissey, who is known for his work on the sitcom "Men Behaving Badly," has appeared on London stages in Acorn Antiques (with Triplett), Speed-the-Plow and A Passionate Woman. Guys and Dolls opened at the Piccadilly Theatre on June 1st, 2005 with a lustrous cast in tow--Ewan McGregor (as Sky Masterson), Jane Krakowski (as Miss Adelaide), Russell (as Sarah Brown) and Douglas Hodge (as Nathan Detroit). The show, which has been a big commercial hit, also received a strong critical reception. Directed by Michael Grandage and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Rob Ashford, the show is a somewhat grittier interpretation of the classic musical, which is set in a New York world of gamblers, gangsters, chorus girls and Sarah Brown, a Salvation Army girl who wants to reform all of them. Of course, Sarah also falls in love with gambler Sky Masterson.Guys and Dolls opened at the 46th Street Theatre on November 24th, 1950 and won the 1951 Tony Award for Best Musical. Running for 1,200 performances, it featured Robert Alda, Vivian Blaine, Isabel Bigley and Sam Levene as its leads. Based on the stories of Damon Runyon, Guys and Dolls features a score by Frank Loesser and a book by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling. There have been 3 Broadway revivals, and a 1955 film starred Marlon Brando, Blaine, Frank Sinatra and Jean Simmons. The West End revival of Guys and Dolls is currently booking through September 2nd. It was also announced in October of 2005 that the musical is likely to transfer to Broadway.Call (0)870 060 0123 for more information on the West End production, or visit www.guysanddollsthemusical.com.