GUYS AND DOLLS will play its final performance on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street) on Sunday, June 14th following 113 performances and 28 previews. A national tour of the production will launch in the 2010-2011 season. Tour route, dates and casting will be announced soon.
"Every moment we've spent working with the company of GUYS AND DOLLS has been an absolute joy," producer Howard Panter said. "The announcement of the final Broadway performance saddens us however we are thrilled to announce the national tour. We're excited that audiences across the country will have the opportunity to see the greatest American musical comedy."
GUYS AND DOLLS, directed by Tony Award winner Des McAnuff and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo, currently stars Oliver Platt ("Nathan Detroit"), Lauren Graham ("Miss Adelaide"), Craig Bierko ("Sky Masterson") and Kate Jennings Grant ("Sarah Brown"). GUYS AND DOLLS began previews on February 5, 2009 at Broadway's newly refurbished Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street) and opened on March 1, 2009.
The cast of Guys and Dolls also features Tituss Burgess as "Nicely Nicely Johnson", Glenn Fleshler as "Big Jule", Adam LeFevre as "Lt. Brannigan", Jim Ortlieb as "Arvide", Steve Rosen as "Benny Southstreet", Mary Testa as "General Cartwright", Nick Adams, Andrea Chamberlain, Raymond del Barrio, Melissa Fagan, Kearran Giovanni, James Harkness, Lorin Latarro, Benjamin Magnuson, Joseph Medeiros, Spencer Moses, Rhea Patterson, Graham Rowat, William Ryall, Jessica Rush, Marcos Santana, Jennifer Savelli, John Selya, Brian Shepard, Ron Todorowski, Jim Walton and Brooke Wendle.
Packed with such classic hits as "Fugue for Tinhorns," "A Bushel and a Peck," "Adelaide's Lament," "I'll Know," "Guys and Dolls," "More I Cannot Wish You," "Luck Be A Lady," and "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat," Guys and Dolls features music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. Based on "The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown" and "Blood Pressure," two short stories by Damon Runyon, it also borrows characters and plot elements from other Runyon stories, most notably "Pick the Winner". The musical comedy was first produced on Broadway at the 46th Street Theatre, opening on November 24, 1950. It was directed by George S. Kaufman and starred Robert Alda, Sam Levene, Isabel Bigley and Vivian Blaine. The musical enjoyed an initial run of 1,201 performances, winning five 1951 Tony Awards including Best Musical.