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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Celebrated musical Guys and Dolls is at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake

“Luck if you’ve ever been a lady to begin with…Luck be a lady tonight”

 Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario . . A new production of the Tony Award-winning musical Guys and Dolls is being performed at the Shaw’s Festival Theatre.

Like its musical predecessors My Fair Lady and Ragtime, the Shaw’s production of Guys and Dolls celebrates glorious storytelling, unforgettable characters and memorable music.

Directed by Tadeusz Bradecki and brought to life by The Shaw’s renowned acting Ensemble, the “greatest of all American musicals” pulsates with the neon-lit rhythm, energy and grittiness of New York City nightlife.In New York City, you’ll meet wise guys and chorus girls, gamblers, cops and bobby-soxers. Nathan Detroit (Shawn Wright) feels the pressure —not only does he need $1000 to save the city’s oldest floating craps game, but his doll Miss Adelaide (Jenny L. Wright) is putting the squeeze on him to go legit and tie the knot. Enter Sky Masterson (Kyle Blair), an old acquaintance and high-rolling gambler, who takes Nathan’s crazy bet – to woo the pious Sarah Brown (Elodie Gillett), a sergeant at the Save-A-Soul mission! Who will take a real gamble on love? Will luck be a lady tonight?

The Shaw Festival’s production of Guys and Dolls reunites much of the team from the wildly successful 2003 and 2005 production of the musical Happy End: director Tadeusz Bradecki, set designer Peter Hartwell and musical director Paul Sportelli. This time around, they are joined by choreographer Parker Esse, who recently choreographed Molly Smith’s celebrated production of Oklahoma! at Arena Stage, for which he won a Helen Hayes award for Best Choreography; designer Sue LePage (costumes), lighting designer Kevin Lamotte and sound designer John Lott.
Full of musical standards including Luck Be a Lady, Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat and A Bushel and a Peck; Guys and Dolls premiered on Broadway in 1950, ran for 1,200 performances and won five Tony Awards including Best Musical. It also received international attention thanks to the 1955 MGM motion picture adaptation featuring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons and Frank Sinatra.

Based on the short stories of humorist Damon Runyon, Blood Pressure and The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown, Guys and Dolls pays tribute to his quirky and innovative use of language — a bouncy New York brogue that mixes slang with formal language.

About Guys and Dolls
April 12 – October 12
Guys and Dolls will be on stage at the Festival Theatre (10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake)
Guys and Dolls is sponsored by TD Bank Group.

Guys and Dolls
A musical fable of Broadway
Based on a story and characters by Damon Runyon; music and lyrics by Frank Loesser; book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows.
Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

Thom Allison                         
David Ball                              
Guy Bannerman                    
Kyle Blair                                
Jeremy Carver-James            
Aadin Church                        
Ijeoma Emesowum               
Kristi Frank                            
Elodie Gillett                         
Kyle Golemba                        
Aaron Hastelow                    
Alana Hibbert                        
Patty Jamieson                      
Billy Lake                                
Will Lamond                          
Nichola Lawrence                  
Peter Millard                         
Melanie Phillipson                
Kiera Sangster                       
Travis Seetoo                         
Evan Alexander Smith                      
Jacqueline Thair                    
Kelly Wong                            
Jenny L. Wright                      
Shawn Wright            

Creative Team:
Tadeusz Bradecki                  
Paul Sportelli                         
Parker Esse                            
Peter Hartwell                                   
Sue LePage                             
Kevin Lamotte                                   
John Lott                                
Ryan deSouza                        
Alison Peddie                        
Amy Jewell                             
Annie McWhinnie                 

Nicely-Nicely Johnson
Joey Biltmore
Lieutenant Brannigan
Sky Masterson
Big Jule
Sarah Brown
General Matilda B. Cartwright
Benny Southstreet
Angie the Ox
Arvide Abernathy
Master of Ceremonies
Harry the Horse
Rusty Charlie
Miss. Adelaide
Nathan Detroit

Musical Director
Set Designer
Costume Designer
Lighting Designer
Sound Designer
Associate Conductor/Pianist
Production Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager

The Shaw Festival’s 2013 season began April 3, runs until October 27 and features 10 productions presented on the Festival’s four Niagara-on-the-Lake stages. For more information on our 2013 season, performance schedule and ticket information, please visit www.shawfest.com or call 1-800-511-SHAW.


The Shaw Festival is a theatre company inspired by the work of Bernard Shaw. We produce plays from and about his era and contemporary plays that share Shaw’s provocative exploration of society and celebration of humanity.

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