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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1951!
In 1951, Guys and Dolls swept the Tony Awards for Best Musical, among other awards (see below). Inspired by Damon Runyon's tales of the New York City gambling scene, the show ran for an astounding 1,200 performances at the 46th Street Theatre.  A film version was released in 1955, but this is one you have to see live to appreciate it to its fullest.
Guys and Dolls - original cast album
The Story:

    The musical follows a game of craps. Sky Masterson, a gambler, is wooing Sarah Brown, a missionary worker.  Nathan Detroit is stalling his wedding to nightclub singer Adelaide (he's been stalling for twelve years!), and all of this is taking place amidst a grouping of street-wise young men and naive young women.

The Music and Lyrics:

    Frank Loesser

The Producers:

    Cy Feuer and Ernest Martin

The Directors:

    George F. Kaufman

The Choreographers:

    Michael Kidd

The Opening:

    46th Street Theatre on November 24, 1950

The Cast:

  • Stubby Kaye
  • Vivian Blaine
  • Robert Alda
  • Isabel Bigley
  • Sam Levene
  • Douglas Deane
  • Pat Rooney, Sr.
  • B.S. Pully
  • Tom Pedi
  • Peter Gennaro
  • Onna White
  • Buddy Schwab
  • John Silver

The Songs:

  • Runyonland
  • Fugue for Tinhorns
  • Follow the Fold
  • The Oldest Established
  • I'll Know
  • A Bushel and a Peck
  • Adelaide's Lament
  • Adelaide Meets Sarah
  • Guys and Dolls
  • Havana
  • If I Were a Bell
  • My Time of Day
  • I've Never Been in Love Before
  • Take Back Your Mink
  • More I Cannot Wish You
  • The Crapshooter's Dance
  • Luck Be a Lady
  • Pet Me, Papa
  • A Woman in Love
  • Traveling Light
  • Come and Marry Me
  • Sue Me
  • Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat
  • Marry the Man Today

The Other Awards:

  • Tony Awards - Best Musical along with 14 others!
  • The movie version was nominated for 4 Academy Awards
  • The movie version won Golden Globe awards in 1956 for best picture and best actress (Jean Simmons)

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