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VIDEO: Music Theatre Wichita Presents GUYS AND DOLLS

Music Theatre Wichita continues its 2018 Season with a fresh take on the classic musical Guys and Dolls. The second of five locally produced Broadway-scale productions, Guys and Dolls plays June 27-July 1 at the Century II Concert Hall in downtown Wichita, KS.

The production stars Matt Bogart (Jersey Boys, Aida) as Sky Masterson, opposite leading lady Kerry Conte (White Christmas National Tour, MTWichita's Carousel in Concert) as Sister Sarah Brown, with co-stars Jenni Barber (Wicked, Sunday in the Park with George) as Miss Adelaide, and Monte Riegel Wheeler (The "It" Girl) as Nathan Detroit. Renowned Broadway caricaturist Justin "Squigs" Robertson plays Nicely-Nicely Johnson, alongside Nicholas F. Saverine (Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera) as Arvide Abernathy and Betti O. as General Cartwright. Musical director Thomas W. Douglas conducts a 25-piece orchestra.

MTWichita's production is directed by Mark Madama (Associate Professor of Musical Theatre at the University of Michigan), with choreography by Mara Newbery Greer (A Christmas Story) and associate Natalie Malotke (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). The production features the Tony Award winning scenic design by Tony Walton, with costumes provided by Maine State Music Theatre. Other members of the artistic team include hair and makeup designer Danae Jimenez, lighting designer David Neville, and sound designer David Muehl.

About Music Theatre Wichita - Founded in 1972, MTWichita is internationally recognized for self-producing five high-quality Broadway-scale productions each summer during an intense 10-week period, while providing unparalleled learning experiences for young up-and-coming artists. It has been the site for the world premiere of the revised Good News!, the U.S. premiere of Betty Blue Eyes, and the regional premieres of such Disney titles as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, and High School Musical. MTWichita has also created cast albums for Honk! and Good News!

Notable artists who began their theatrical careers in Wichita include performers Kelli O'Hara, Kristin Chenoweth, Matt Bogart, Jenni Barber, Christiani Pitts, Chris Mann, and 2018 Tony nominee Ashley Park, as well as choreographers Andrew Palermo, Josh Rhodes, Josh Prince, Sara Edwards, Dontee Kiehn and Nicholas Palmquist. MTWichita alumni performing on Broadway this season include Caesar Samayoa, Shina Ann Morris, Jeremy Davis, Riza Takahashi, Cory Lingner, Sasha Hutchings, Halli Toland, Max Clayton, Erin Clemons, Ryan Vasquez, Molly Rushing, Jacob Gutierrez, Cameron Hill, Michael Hartung, Becca Petersen, Wes Hart, Lauralyn Mcclelland, Gilbert L. Bailey II, Alex Finke, Kevin Munhall, Kathryn Boswell, Alex Michael Stoll, Kaleigh Cronin, Benjamin Rivera, Kimberly Elayne Sprawl, Max Kumangai, Ximone Rose, and many more.






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