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Jo Swerling

 
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Birth Place: RUSSIA
 

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The cast of Guys and Dolls, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Abe Burro Photo

The cast of Guys and Dolls, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling, directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes, runs July 2 - August 13, 2017 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.

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The cast of Guys and Dolls, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Abe Burro Photo

The cast of Guys and Dolls, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling, directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes, runs July 2 - August 13, 2017 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.

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07/07/2017
The cast of Guys and Dolls, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Abe Burro Photo

The cast of Guys and Dolls, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling, directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes, runs July 2 - August 13, 2017 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.

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07/07/2017
The cast of Guys and Dolls, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Abe Burro Photo

The cast of Guys and Dolls, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling, directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes, runs July 2 - August 13, 2017 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.

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07/07/2017
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Jo Swerling Awards and Nominations

 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1951 - Best Musical Gold Star
Jo Swerling, Guys and Dolls
 
Tony Awards - 1951 - Best Musical Gold Star
Jo Swerling, Guys and Dolls

Jo Swerling News

A Contemporary Theatre of Connecticut Announces 2022-2023 Season Photo A Contemporary Theatre of Connecticut Announces 2022-2023 Season
by Stephi Wild - May 10, 2022

ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut has announced their 2022-2023 line up of shows. The season will mark the theater's fifth season and will include the Golden-Age classic comedy GUYS AND DOLLS, the smash hit jukebox musical ROCK OF AGES, and the breathtaking Tony Award winning THE SECRET GARDEN!

BWW Review: GUYS & DOLLS at Magnolia Performing Arts Center Photo BWW Review: GUYS & DOLLS at Magnolia Performing Arts Center
by Theresa Bertram - May 2, 2022

As luck would have it for this lady, I had the privilege to review GUYS & DOLLS at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia Sunday, April 24, and let me tell you, hearing those performers sing was well worth the three-hour drive. The Musical Theatre program at SAU is thriving, and the future of those actors is bright!

TROUBLE IN MIND, ESPEJOS: CLEAN & More Announced for Hartford Stage 2022/2023 Season Photo TROUBLE IN MIND, ESPEJOS: CLEAN & More Announced for Hartford Stage 2022/2023 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 21, 2022

Hartford Stage announced today the lineup for the Tony Award-winning theater's 2022/2023 season. Three classics, Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap, William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, and Alice Childress' Trouble in Mind, will join two new plays.

MNM Theatre Stages GUYS AND DOLLS Now Through April 16th Photo MNM Theatre Stages GUYS AND DOLLS Now Through April 16th
by Marissa Tomeo - Apr 2, 2022

Sky Masterson, Nathan Detroit, Sarah Brown, and of course Miss Adelaide… these names are often familiar to Broadway aficionados of all ages. Guys and Dolls, the third joint production to be presented by MNM Theatre Company, the City of Lauderhill, and North End Theater Company will bring these iconic characters (along with Nicely Nicely Johnson, Harry the Horse, Angie the Ox, and others) to life on the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC) stage from April 1st through April 16th. 

GUYS AND DOLLS: A Sure Bet For a Fun Show! Photo GUYS AND DOLLS: A Sure Bet For a Fun Show!
by - Mar 10, 2022

Special Offer - Guys and Dolls: a sure bet for a fun show!

GUYS AND DOLLS Opens At The Lauderhill Performing Arts Center,  April 1 Photo GUYS AND DOLLS Opens At The Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, April 1
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 9, 2022

Sky Masterson, Nathan Detroit, Sarah Brown, and of course Miss Adelaide...these are names that are often familiar to Broadway aficionados of all ages.  Guys and Dolls, the third joint production to be presented by MNM Theatre Company, the City of Lauderhill, and North End Theater Company will bring these iconic characters (along with Nicely Nicely Johnson, Harry the Horse, Angie the Ox, and others) to life on the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC) stage from April 1st through April 16th. 

GUYS AND DOLLS Opens April 1st at Lauderhill Performing Arts Center Photo GUYS AND DOLLS Opens April 1st at Lauderhill Performing Arts Center
by Carol Kassie - Mar 9, 2022

MNM Theatre Company, North End Theatre Company, and the City of Lauderhill present what is often called 'the perfect musical comedy! Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling, Guys and Dolls is a classic beloved by theatre goers of all ages.

BWW Review: Studio Tenn's Emotional and Heartfelt IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE Brings Magic  Photo BWW Review: Studio Tenn's Emotional and Heartfelt IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE Brings Magic to the Holiday Season
by Jeffrey Ellis - Dec 22, 2021

Cassidy has very cleverly reconfigured the piece to be presented as a radio play, presented in 1947 on local Franklin radio station, WAKM, adding some dialogue that rings authentic of the era and certain to gain a reaction from the play’s audience. In less capable hands, this new conceit could be considered too cute by half, yet Cassidy and his ensemble very confidently bring the show to life with a spirit heretofore unrealized.

Rogue Machine Brings THIS WONDERFUL LIFE to the Matrix Theatre Photo Rogue Machine Brings THIS WONDERFUL LIFE to the Matrix Theatre
by Stephi Wild - Dec 22, 2021

Rogue Machine brings¬†Frank Capra‚Äôs iconic holiday film,¬†‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a Wonderful Life,‚ÄĚ to the stage in this hilarious and heartwarming one-person show starring Leo Marks. Part fan frenzy and part tour-de-force, it‚Äôs a celebration of cinematic storytelling and the differences, big and small, that one person can make in the lives of others.¬†

MTI's ALL TOGETHER NOW! Raises Over 6.2 Million Dollars for Theatrical Organizations Photo MTI's ALL TOGETHER NOW! Raises Over 6.2 Million Dollars for Theatrical Organizations
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 14, 2021

Theatrical licensor Music Theatre International announced the total revenue collectively raised by theatres across the globe from MTI’s All Together Now! - A Global Event Celebrating Local Theatre. 

Jo Swerling Videos

VIDEO: Get A First Look At TUTS' Latin-Inspired GUYS AND DOLLS VideoVIDEO: Get A First Look At TUTS' Latin-Inspired GUYS AND DOLLS
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 12, 2018

BroadwayWorld has a first look at Theatre Under The Stars' (TUTS) final Mainstage show of the 49th Season, Guys & Dolls!

VIDEO: Lesli Margherita Performs 'Adelaide's Lament' and More Highlights from Bucks' GUYS AND DOLLS
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 13, 2017

BroadwayWorld got a special preview of the upcoming production of GUYS AND DOLLS at the Bucks County Playhouse! Check out the rehearsal highlights below!

VIDEO: Watch Terence Archie and Company Roll the Dice in 'Luck Be A Lady' in The Old Globe's GUYS AND DOLLS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2017

The Old Globe presents Guys and Dolls, a musical fable of Broadway. This classic musical, the first production of the Globe's 2017 Summer Season, running now through August 13, 2017, presented in association with Asolo Repertory Theatre. Watch Terence Archie and the cast perform the iconic 'Luck Be A Lady' below!

VIDEO: Director Josh Rhodes Goes Behind the Scenes of 'Havana' from GUYS AND DOLLS at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2017

The Old Globe presents Guys and Dolls, a musical fable of Broadway. This classic musical, the first production of the Globe's 2017 Summer Season, will run July 2 - August 13, 2017, with opening night on Friday, July 7, presented in association with Asolo Repertory Theatre. Get a sneak peek behind the scenes as the cast rehearses 'Havana' from the show in the video below!

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of Josh Rhodes-Helmed GUYS AND DOLLS at Asolo Rep!
by Stage Tube - Dec 9, 2016

GUYS AND DOLLS, hailed as one of the greatest musical comedies of all time, kicks off Asolo Rep's highly anticipated 2016-17 season, the fifth and final of its celebrated American Character Project. GUYS AND DOLLS is now playing through Sunday, January 1, in association with The Old Globe. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 7/21/16- GUYS AND DOLLS
by Stage Tube - Jul 21, 2016

Today in 1976, Guys and Dolls opened at the Broadway Theatre, where it ran for 239 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.

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 4/14/16- GUYS AND DOLLS
by Stage Tube - Apr 14, 2016

Today in 1992, the second Broadway revival of Guys and Dolls opened at the Martin Beck Theatre (now the Al Hirschfeld Theatre), where it ran for 1143 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 and London revivals, as well as a 1955 film adaptation starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine.

STAGE 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.

STAGE 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.

STAGE 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!


Jo Swerling Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Jo Swerling written?
Jo Swerling has written 3 shows including The New Yorkers (Bookwriter), Kibitzer (Playwright), Guys and Dolls (Bookwriter).

What awards has Jo Swerling been nominated for?
Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Guys and Dolls and Best Musical (Tony Awards) for Guys and Dolls .

What awards has Jo Swerling won?
Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Guys and Dollsand Best Musical (Tony Awards) for Guys and Dolls.