Huge team help stage revival of Broadway's Guys and Dolls
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Guys and Dolls is based on Damon Runyon's stories of the New York underworld with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows.
After opening on Broadway in 1950, Guys and Dolls became one of the greatest successes the stage has ever known, running for more than 1,200 performances and winning eight Tony Awards and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award.
The film version starring Hollywood legends Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine (recreating her role as Adelaide), had the highest box-office gross of 1955.
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The National Theatre's major revival of the show ran from 1982-1986 breaking all box office records. In 1992 Guys and Dolls won a Tony Award for Best Revival, and its cast was awarded a Grammy.
More recently Michael Grandage's West End production won the 2006 Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production.
Director and choreographer Alan Spencer has worked with BODS at the Theatre Royal many times, most recently directing The Gondoliers, Oliver! and The Pirates of Penzance.
Guys and Dolls will feature a professional orchestra conducted by musical director Peter Blackwood. Peter, who hails from Belfast, has directed the music for nearly 200 theatre productions. His credits include the acclaimed community play, The Day That War Broke Out In Bristol, performed at Temple Meads. His extensive work with BODS includes, most recently, The Gondoliers, Oliver!, The Pirates of Penzance, Hello, Dolly!, Annie and Jesus Christ Superstar.
Bods continue to encourage young and aspiring actors to take part, including an ever-growing number of performing arts students from Bath Spa University. Two young performers in Bods recent production of Oliver! went on to play Dodger in the West End version of the show, and another young cast member from a previous Bods' production recently played the role of Frederich alongside Connie Fisher in the UK tour of The Sound of Music.
Tickets priced from £12 to £28 can be booked at the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844 or online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk.
This week we have a pair of tickets to give away for the opening night performance next Tuesday. All you have to do is answer the following question, put your answer on a postcard and send it with your name, address and phone number to Theatre Royal Competition, The Guide, The Bath Chronicle, Westpoint, James Street West, Bath BA1 2DA.
The first correct answer out of the hat on Monday morning will get the tickets. The question is: who is directing Bods' production of Guys and Dolls?