An All-Star Cast Ups the Odds in Weston’s ‘Guys & Dolls’
Weston Playhouse brings Broadway’s legendary musical ‘Guys and Dolls’ to its MainStage beginning Thursday, August 6. Based upon characters and stories by Damon Runyon and memorialized in film by Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra, Weston’s production features a requisite all-star cast and an iconic score which includes some of Broadway’s most memorable songs with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser. ‘Guys and Dolls’ first premiered at the 46th Street Theatre in 1950. It ran for 1200 performances and accrued five Tony awards. The show tells the story of a high-rolling gambler, a show girl, a Salvation Army gal and the proprietor of New York’s most coveted floating craps game, and the exploits that take them from Times Square to Havana.
Founding director Malcolm Ewen directs the full cast line-up, who represent the best of Broadway and Hollywood alongside premiere regional talent and the up-and-coming performers of Weston’s Young Company. Sean Palmer (HBO’s Sex and the City, Bway’s The Little Mermaid) and Jeff Award-winning actress Andrea Prestinario join Sam Lloyd, Jr (Desperate Housewives, Scrubs) and Marissa McGowan (Bway’s Les Mis, A little Night Music) as the unforgettable headliners, Sky Masterson, Sarah Brown, Nathan Detroit, and Miss Adelaide.
Ewen’s creative team includes choreographer Michael Raine, music director Larry Pressgrove, costume designer Karen Ann Ledger, and sound designer Ed Chapman – all of whom worked on Weston’s critically-acclaimed 2014 production of ‘A Chorus Line.’ They’re joined by scenic designer Howard Jones and Lighting Designer Ann Wrightson, who create a set that completely captures the gritty, glamorous streets of Runyon’s 1950s New York.
‘Guys and Dolls’ runs through August 22. Show times are Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. The production runs two hours and forty minutes, with intermission. Ticket prices start at $30; student tickets are half-price. Call 802-824-5288 ior visit westonplayhouse.org.