2012-03-21 / Arts and Entertainment / Schools

Guys and Dolls is the Odds-On Favorite

By Tim Greco

A scene from Guys and Dolls, to be at Haldane this weekend. 
Tim Greco A scene from Guys and Dolls, to be at Haldane this weekend. Tim Greco Haldane has another hit on its hands.

Considered one of the finest musical comedies ever written, and one the great musical scores in the history of American theatre, Guys and Dolls is packed with one unforgettable song after another, not to mention loads of romance and charm to spare.

With beloved tunes such as “A Bushel and a Peck,” “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat,” ‘Adelaide’s Lament”’ “Luck Be a Lady,” and “The Oldest Established,” there is plenty of toe-tapping to be had.

Based on several Damon Runyon’s stories, Guys and Dolls is set in the colorful world of New York City in the mid 20th century.

This romantic and funny musical is populated with gangsters and gamblers, dolls and showgirls, and it all begins with a bet. Nathan Detroit bets high-rolling gambler Sky Masterson that Sky cannot persuade Save- A-Soul Missionary Sister Sarah Brown to accompany him on a trip to Cuba. While Sky works his charms on Sarah, Nathan is doing his best to avoid the matrimonial lures of his long-suffering fiancée, of fourteen years, Adelaide. Guys and Dolls is recommended for all ages.

Martha Mechalakos is serving double duty not only directing the musical but as musical director as well.

Mechalakos said, “This is going to be a big show and this is the biggest pit we’ve ever had, we have twelve players in all.”

The costumes are by Katie Bissinger and the choreography by Charlotte Palmer Lane and they have both done outstanding jobs.

The over-abundance of talent at Haldane has resulted in the lead roles being doublecast. Mechalakos said, “On the nights that the leads are off, they swing to the ensemble, so essentially they are learning two different parts.”

These gents and dames have an irresistible mix of naughty, nice and hilarious.

Keep in mind: Haldane’s production of Grease sold out, and Guys and Doll is generating the same buzz. So fair warning, get your tickets early.

Showtimes are: Friday March 23, at 7:00 pm. Saturday March 24, at 2:00 pm Matinee and 7:00 pm. Sunday March 25, 2:00 pm Matinee

Tickets $10 and seniors and students $5 and can be reserved by calling 265-9254, x 111.

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