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Celebrated musical Guys and Dolls begins previews tomorrow at the Shaw Festival

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

Media Release #11

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, April 11, 2013 . . . A new production of the Tony Award-winning musical Guys and Dolls begins previews April 12 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; Opening: May 11
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.

Cast:

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

Creative Team:

Tadeusz Bradecki
Paul Sportelli
Parker Esse
Peter Hartwell
Sue LePage
Kevin Lamotte
John Lott
Ryan deSouza
Alison Peddie
Amy Jewell
Annie McWhinnie
Director
Musical Director
Choreographer
Set Designer
Costume Designer
Lighting Designer
Sound Designer
Associate Conductor/Pianist
Production Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager

Media Release #11

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, April 11, 2013 . . . A new production of the Tony Award-winning musical Guys and Dolls begins previews April 12 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; Opening: May 11

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

Cast:

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

Waiter

Big Jule

Vernon

Swing

Sarah Brown

Calvin

Swing

Martha

General Matilda B. Cartwright

Benny Southstreet

Angie the Ox

Agatha

Arvide Abernathy

Mimi

Allison

Master of Ceremonies

Harry the Horse

Ferguson

Rusty Charlie

Miss. Adelaide

Nathan Detroit

Director

Musical Director

Choreographer

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Please visit our website at www.shawfest.com/news for other Shaw Festival media releases.  For more information, or to acquire images to accompany this release, members of the media may contact:

Odette Yazbeck
Public Relations Director
905-468-2153 or 1-800-657-1106 ext. 2222
odette@shawfest.com

Jenniffer Anand
Public Relations Coordinator
905-468-2153 or 1-800-657-1106 ext. 2224
janand@shawfest.com

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