Bury St Edmunds Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (BSEAODS) is ready to take the Theatre Royal stage by storm from the 9th -13th May with its latest production, GUYS AND DOLLS (sponsored by local drama company Lights Music Action – LMA).
Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy – GUYS AND DOLLS celebrates Broadway’s golden era with one of the greatest scores ever written by the legendary Frank Loesser, the masterfully witty book and lyrics by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows and the glorious Damon Runyon’s comic book world of 1940s Times Square in New York City.
Bustling with gamblers, gangsters and sassy showgirls, GUYS AND DOLLS introduces audiences to a cast of characters who have become legends in musical theatre. Nathan Detroit, played by Liam Corbett, needs some serious dough to keep his “oldest established permanent floating crap game” going. He’s also got his hands full with his marriage-minded girlfriend Adelaide, performed by Rachelle Curtis. But when Nathan makes a bet with high-roller Sky Masterson (Will Cahill), his problems appear to be solved. Based on Damon Runyon’s famous tales of small-time hoods and showgirls, Guys and Dolls is filled with some of the most wonderful showtunes ever, including “Luck Be a Lady,” “I’ve Never Been in Love Before,” and the irrepressible anthem “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.”
The original production of Guys and Dolls received what might be the most unanimously ecstatic reviews in Broadway history and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The 1992 revival received four more Tonys, including Best Revival. In 1951, the year after it opened, it received a record-breaking $1 million for the motion picture rights and was made into a beloved film starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra.
Simon Bowen, director, says:
“It’s everything I love in musical theatre. Song for song, scene for scene, moment for moment, it’s a perfect of example of what a musical can be. It’s great to be back working with the talented BSEAODS and to have the chance to share with our audiences this bona fide classic is a rare treat.”
Although an all-amateur company, BSEAODS have a reputation for quality. Fresh from sell out success and award nominations in 2016 with Grease and Legally Blonde, BSEAODS is back with the Save-a-Soul Mission and are welcoming all sinners to the Theatre Royal Bury St. Edmunds! The cast of 31 will perform this show-stopper in just a few short weeks’ time, having been rehearsing since December. Expertly led by Simon Bowen, director, Heather Couch, choreographer, and Simon Pearce as musical director, the run up to the show has been great fun.
BSEAODS Chairperson, Kate Steggles, says:
“We are delighted to present this iconic show to kick off our 2017 programme. Guys and Dolls is a show we have never had the privilege to perform in our 110 year history (and that’s a LOT of shows!) so we are delighted to have drawn the best and the brightest performers from across the county to our friendly company!”
With beautiful costumes, top-notch singing, stunning choreography, this show is selling out fast and certainly isn’t one audiences are going to want to miss out on. Guys and Dolls will put a spring in your step and a smile on your face!
Book your seats today by calling the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds on 01284 769505, or visit www.theatreroyal.org. Check out BSEOADS on Facebook for show updates and a sneaky peak at our cast!