You’ve Gotta See: Guys and Dolls

Julia Stanski, Staff Writer
Edited by Victoria Chiu

Guys and Dolls is an adorable period piece by Frank Loesser, Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows set in the cartoonish world of 1940’s New YorkIt tells the unlikely love story of big-time gambler Sky Masterson and upright missionary Sarah Brown, as well the long engagement of showgirl Adelaide and her fiancé, Nathan.  Based on short stories by Damon Runyon, the dialogue is a bizarre but delightful mixture of formal diction and ridiculous slang. The show opened in 1950, and was adapted into an enjoyable 1955 screenplay featuring Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons. The wonderful music includes the iconic number “Luck Be a Lady”, the jazzy title song, and the favourite character song “Adelaide’s Lament”. This is one of those shows you can watch again and again; it never gets old. For hilarious Golden Age musical full of vintage glamour and lovable characters, you can’t go wrong with Guys and Dolls.


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