With timeless music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and a clever, seamless book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, Guys and Dolls promises heartfelt and hilarious entertainment in Bayou City Theatrics' upcoming production.
In a time when gambling was illegal, Nathan Detroit (Kyle Ezer) searches for a new hideout for his infamous “floating” crap game with his right-hand-men, Nicely Nicely Johnson (Colton Berry), Benny Southstreet (Luke Hamilton), and Rusty Charlie (Laz Estrada). Meanwhile, his hypochondriac fiancée of fourteen years, Miss Adelaide (Blair Wingfield), headlines at The Hot Box, a cheap nightclub. She detests Nathan's lousy lifestyle and refusal to seal the deal on their marriage. Nathan avoids Adelaide's relentless pressure into marriage, while organizing a crap game like no other.
Just around the corner, Sergeant Sarah Brown (Victoria Riley) has made it her personal quest to get the gamblers and sinners of the city to repent. After landing in New York for a short visit, the suave, high-rolling gambler Sky Masterson (Joshua Green) walks into her “Save-A-Soul” Mission. He has placed a bet with Nathan that he could take any “doll” in the city on a date to Havana and will stop at nothing to come out on top. We follow Sky’s pursuit of Sarah and Nathan’s avoidance of Adelaide through the wacky twists and turns of Runyon’s hilarious plot, culminating in a toe-tapping, fast-paced, happy-go-lucky piece of classic musical theatre.
Based on two short stories by celebrated American author Damon Runyon, Guys and Dolls won the Tony Award for Best Book and Best Musical. The musical was quickly turned into the popular 1955 film adaptation by the same name, starring Frank Sinatra, Jean Simmons, Marlon Brando and Vivian Blaine. After numerous Broadway revivals and regional productions, Guys and Dolls has become a household name.