GUYS AND DOLLS to Play 1/16-2/23 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre

Guys and Dolls will play January 16 through February 23, 2014, at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre.

Set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City, this oddball romantic comedy - considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy - soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of vivid characters who have become legends in the canon: Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight "mission doll," out to reform the evildoers of Time Square; Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love; Adelaide, the chronically ill nightclub performer whose condition is brought on by the fact she's been engaged to the same man for 14 years; and Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiancée, desperate as always to find a spot for his infamous floating crap game. Everything works out in the end, thanks to the machinations of Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling's hilarious, fast-paced book and Frank Loesser's bright, brassy, immortal score, which takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City.

Directed by Steven Flaa. Steven is very happy to return to the Show Palace to direct his twelfth show here. Previous shows he has directed here include FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, SOME LIKE IT HOT, CAROUSEL, MID-LIFE! THE CRISIS MUSICAL, GUYS & DOLLS (in 2001) and all three--soon to be four--productions of FOREVER PLAID. Other directorial credits include MAN OF LA MANCHA at Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, THE KING & I at Venice Theatre, THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE at Ozark Actors Theatre and LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, ALTAR BOYZ, THE BIG BANG and, most recently, A MARVELOUS PARTY at American Stage.

Choreographed by Andi Sperduti-Garner. Andi has choreographed for Theatre By The Sea in Rhode Island and Peach State Summer Theatre in Georgia. Her favorite Show Palace choreography credits include: Cabaret, Victor/Victoria, Kiss me Kate, The Full Monty, Sugar Babies, Sentimental Journey, Jackpot, Oklahoma, and Swing! Special thank you to the Mara family and the entire staff cast and crew! Enjoy the show and thank you for supporting The Show Palace.

Musically Directed by Phyllis Gessler. Phyllis is pleased to return to the Show Palace Theatre. She has had exciting music directing experiences all over the U.S. with Peter Pan, Shenandoah, Me and My Girl and Sweet Charity, among others. Also, she has been lucky enough to travel with The Sound of Music (with a command performance for the King and Queen of Malaysia), South Pacific, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and an original Singaporean show, Bugis Street, to Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Phyllis also has years of regional theatre, including Walnut Street Theatre, the oldest continuously running theatre in the states, and dinner theatre shows under her belt. But most of the time now, she is happy to stay home with Cali and Billy and work for Pinellas County Center for the Arts as a private voice teacher and music director.

Guys and Dolls Leads:

Brian Minyard (Sky Masterson) is happy to be back at the Show Palace. He was last seen here with the wonderful cast in the Sound of Music. Brian has performed in theatre, film and TV for the past 16 years. "Love to my amazing wife Melissa and daughters, Catherine and Edina."

Heather Baird (Sarah Brown) Show Palace credits: Hello, Dolly! (Irene Molloy), 9 to 5: the Musical (Judy Bernley), Joseph...Dreamcoat (wife). Other recent credits include: A Christmas Carol: A New Musical (Belle, Laundress) and Cabaret (Kit Kat Girl/ Texas) at freeFall Theatre. Heather has traveled the world as a production singer with Princess Cruises and can currently be seen in several shows at Busch Gardens, Tampa. Her next adventure will be in Japan, singing in Big Band Beat at Tokyo Disney Sea. Thank you to Steven and lots of love to family and friends!

Tom Bengston (Nathan Detroit) is very happy to, A.) Be able to call this production his 14th at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, and, B.) To spend January/February in Florida and not in Minnesota. Most recent: Roscoe Dexter in Bloomington Civic Theatre's Ivy Award winning SINGIN IN THE RAIN. For Mom.

Ellie Pattison (Miss Adelaide) Ellie is thrilled to be making her Show Palace debut! A proud wife and mom to 2 sons, Ellie has performed at many theaters throughout Florida and Connecticut. Some of her favorite roles are Audrey in Little Shop, Gooch in Mame, Fred in Once upon a Mattress and The Adult Women in Spring Awakening. Love to Brad.

Supporting Cast:

Ben Ptashinsky* - Nicely Nicely Johnson

Matty Colonna - Benny Southstreet

Troy LaFon - Harry the Horse

Pete Clapsis - Big Jule

Ernie Rowland - Lt. Branigan

Mike Jones - Arvide Abernathy

Tracie Callahan - General Cartwright

Charles Logan - Rusty Charlie

Robert Wilday - Angie the Ox

Casey Hicks - Society Max

Bo Price - Scranton Slim

Vince Orabona - Brandy Bottle Bates

Patrick Marshall Jr - Liver Lips Louie

Nicole Cavalani -- Agatha

Andi Garner

Megan Morgan

Kate O'Connell

Christie Rohr

Alexus Nagy

Musical Numbers:

Act I

"Overture" - Orchestra

"Runyonland" - Orchestra

"Fugue for Tinhorns" - Nicely, Benny, Rusty

"Follow the Fold" - Sarah, Mission Band

"The Oldest Established" - Nathan, Nicely, Benny, Guys

"I'll Know" - Sarah, Sky

"A Bushel and a Peck" - Miss Adelaide, Hot Box Girls

"Adelaide's Lament" - Miss Adelaide

"Guys and Dolls" - Nicely, Benny

"Havana" - Orchestra

"If I Were a Bell" - Sarah

"My Time of Day/I've Never Been in Love Before" - Sky, Sarah

Act II

"Take Back Your Mink" - Miss Adelaide, Hot Box Girls

"Adelaide's Second Lament" - Miss Adelaide

"More I Cannot Wish You" - Arvide

"Crapshooters Ballet" - Orchestra

"Luck Be a Lady" - Sky, Guys

"Sue Me" - Miss Adelaide, Nathan

"Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat" - Nicely, Company

"Marry the Man Today" - Miss Adelaide, Sarah

"Guys and Dolls (Reprise)" - Company

The show runs Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday Matinee, Thursday and Friday Evening, Saturday Matinee and Evening, and Sunday Brunch Performances. Prices: Dinner and Show: $49.50. The Show Palace Dinner Theatre is located at 16128 US 19, Hudson, FL 34667. Call 727-863-7949 or visit for tickets and more information.

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