Hit Musical Guys and Dolls at Ordway Center
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Legend has it that Sidney Poitier was so moved by the story of The Lilies of the Field that he waived his usual salary -- not knowing he would later win worldwide fame (and an Oscar) for his portrayal of the hard-headed Homer Smith. From the moment it was published as a novel by William E. Barret, The Lilies of the Field has had a special effect on people. Experience it yourself when Open Window Theatre presents this heart-warming stage adaptation. Headed west in search of a new beginning in the mid-1950s, black Southern Baptist itinerant worker Homer Smith encounters a group of Catholic nuns scratching out an existence in the remote Southwest. Mother Maria Marthe, convinced that Homer was sent to them by God to build them a chapel, persuades him to stay (without pay) and take on this seemingly impossible task. The faith of all are tested, proving that friendships and miracles alike come in all forms. Learn More
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Guys and Dolls premiered on Broadway in 1950, where instantaneously it became a favorite among audiences and critics. _Guys and Dolls _was honored with the greatest accolades in the business, including the Tony Award for Best Musical. Now, the beloved musical is a part of history’s great musical theater canon, having lived on through a number of Broadway and West End revivals. The musical title also received international acclaim for the 1955 motion picture adaptation, starring Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando.
“A masterpiece, that is what Guys and Dolls is,” exclaims James A. Rocco, Ordway’s vice president of theatrical programming and producing artistic director. “This restaging at the hands of our local friend Peter Rothstein reveals new levels of enjoyment in one of the best musical theater works ever created. It’s a treat indeed.” Written by composer and lyricist Frank Loesser, with a book by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling, Guys and Dolls is based on author Damon Runyon’s stories of the New York streets. It centers on Nathan Detroit, the organizer of a local, floating craps game, as he bets another gambler, Sky Masterson that he can’t make the next girl he sees fall in love with him, who happens to be the Salvation Army reformer, Miss Sarah Brown. On top of that, Detroit is having trouble with his own relationship, as his girlfriend Adelaide is interested in settling down and tying the knot.
Distinguished local director Peter Rothstein is well known for his work as the founding artistic director of Theater Latté Da and past stagings with the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis Children’s Theatre and the Minnesota Opera. Rothstein has been named one of Minnesota’s Artists of the Year from the Star Tribune, Theater Artist of the Year by Lavender Magazine, and Best Director by City Pages. Most recently, Rothstein was noted for his wonderful work on _Evita___, __by Theater Latté Da, which played to sold-out crowds on the Ordway’s McKnight Theatre stage.
Starring in Guys and Dolls are Billie Wildrick (Miss Adelaide), Katherine Strohmaier (Sarah Brown), Daniel C. Levine (Nathan Detroit), Matt Farnsworth (Sky Masterson) and Todd Buonopane (Nicely-Nicely Johnson).
Also featured are Clayton Corzatte (Arvide Abernathy), Allen Galli** , David Drummond , Bradford Farwell , Jim Gall (Lieutenant Brannigan), Laura Kenny , Greg McCormick Allen (Benny Southstreet), Ann McCormick Allen (Agatha), Joshua Carter (Joey Biltmore), Brittany Jamieson (Mimi) and Bob De Dea (Charlie). **Rounding out the cast are David Alewine, Ross Cornell, Gabriel Corey, Sarah Davis, Bojohn Diciple, Christian Duhamel, Michael Ericson, Eric Esteb, Jonathan Paul Lee, Daniel Oakden, Dane Stokinger, Trina Mills, Kasey Nusbickel, Katie Rooney, Jessica Skerritt and Mara Solar.
Joining Rothstein in the creative team are Noah Racey (choreographer), Joel Fram (music director), Kate Sutton-Johnson (set designer), Gregory A. Poplyk (costume designer), Tom Sturge (lighting designer), Ken Travis (sound designer) and Mary Pyanowski (hair and makeup designer).