The Old Globe Presents "Guys and Dolls"

Guys and Dolls



The Old Globe "Guys and Dolls"

Photos by Jim Cox

The Old Globe announced the full cast for Guys and Dolls, a musical fable of Broadway. Based on a story and characters of Damon Runyon, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, Guys and Dolls will be directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes, returning to the Globe after the great successes of Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, which he directed, and Bright Star, which he choreographed. This classic musical, the first production of the Globe’s 2017 Summer Season, will run July 2 – August 13, 2017, with opening night on Friday, July 7th, presented in association with Asolo Repertory Theatre. Tickets to Guys and Dolls are on sale now. Single tickets begin at $40, and can be purchased online at The Old Globe.

Guys and Dolls tops Entertainment Weekly’s list of the Greatest Musicals of All Time, and for good reason: it’s everything we love in musical theatre. Now fast-rising director/choreographer Josh Rhodes returns to the Globe to direct our first-ever production of this Broadway masterpiece. Nathan Detroit needs some serious dough to keep his “oldest established permanent floating crap game” going. He’s also got his hands full with his marriage-minded girlfriend Adelaide. But when Nathan makes a bet with high-roller Sky Masterson, his problems appear to be solved. Based on Damon Runyon’s famous tales of small-time hoods and showgirls, Guys and Dolls is filled with some of the most wonderful showtunes ever, including “Luck Be a Lady,” “I’ve Never Been in Love Before,” and the irrepressible anthem “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.” Guys and Dolls will put a spring in your step and a smile on your face and remind you how much fun it is to see a top-notch Globe revival of a classic American musical!

The Old Globe Guys and Dolls

The original production of Guys and Dolls received what might be the most unanimously ecstatic reviews in Broadway history and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The 1992 revival received four more Tonys, including Best Revival. In 1951, the year after it opened, it received a record-breaking $1 million for the motion picture rights and was made into a beloved film starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra. The classic songs, which have become part of our national heritage, also include “Adelaide’s Lament,” “Sue Me,” “A Bushel and a Peck,” “If I Were a Bell,” “Fugue for Tinhorns,” “More I Cannot Wish You,” “Take Back Your Mink,” and many more.

Guys and Dolls is supported in part through gifts from Production Sponsors Mary Beth Adderley, Elaine and Dave Darwin, Ann Davies, Paula and Brian Powers, and Darlene Marcos Shiley, as well as Artist Sponsor Union Bank (for Terence Archie).

The Old Globe Guys and Dolls

Additional events taking place during the run of Guys and Dolls include:

INSIGHTS SEMINAR: Wednesday July 5, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

An opportunity to closely connect with productions both onstage and backstage. A panel selected from the artistic company of each show (playwrights, actors, directors, designers, and/or technicians) engages patrons in an informal and illuminating presentation of ideas and insights to enhance the theatregoing experience. Reception at 5:00 p.m. FREE.

  • POST-SHOW FORUMS: Tuesday, July 11; Wednesday, July 12; and Tuesday, July 18, 2017.
    Join us after the show for an informal and enlightening question-and-answer session with cast, crew, and/or Globe staff members. Get the inside story on creating a character and putting together a professional production. FREE.

The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theatres and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for over 80 years. Under the leadership of Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theatre’s artistic and arts engagement programs. 

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