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'Guys & Dolls' come to Albany stage

Photo by Vicki Harris

Photo by Vicki Harris

ALBANY -- Theatre Albany wraps up its 2010-11 season with a musical that known as one of Bradway's all-time greats -- "Guys & Dolls."

When the show opened on Bradway 61 years ago, brought raving rewviews, including one by critic John Chapman of the Daily News, who hailed it as "the best and most exciting thing of its kind since Pal Joey -- a triumph and a delight." In the New York Times, Brooks Atkinson praised it as "a musical Broadway can be proud of ... gutsy and uproarious."

"I have long been an admirer of 'Guys & Dolls,'" Theatre Albany Director Mark Costello said. "In fact, it is one of the earliest original cast albums that I purchased as a teenager.

"This is the second time I've directed the musical and my appreciation for the work of Frank Loesser (music and lyrics), Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows (libretto) has never diminished."

Based on the stories of Damon Runyon, and set in his mythical version of New York City, this oddball romantic comedy introduces the audeince to a cast of vivid characters who have become legends in the canon: Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight "mission doll," out to reform the evildoers of Time Square; Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love; Adelaide, the chronically ill nightclub performer whose condition is brought on by the fact she's been engaged to the same man for 14 years, and Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiance, desperate as always to find a spot for his infamous floating crap game.

Theatre Albany's cast includes Amber Humphries as Sarah Brown, Brian Willian as Sky Masterson, Kelly Mullins as Adelaide and Ted Butler as Nathan Detroit. Also in the cast are Phil Arnold as Nicely-Nicely Johnson, Jason Wallace as Benny Southstreet, T.A. Gatlin as Rusty Charlie, Steve Strowbridge as Arvide Abernathy, Bill Mackenzie as Big Jule and Amanda Latona as Gen. Cartwright.

Rounding out the cast as the Hot Box Girls, Gamblers and Mission members will be Whitney Coleman, Betsy Jones, Courtney Lawson, Kindle Vickers, Roosevelt Brown, Adam Landin, Ron McGhee, Evan Nelson, Donald Scott, Paul Smith, Richard Thornton, Janna Henderson, and LaTasha Jones.

Costello is handling the staging, Gary Unger is vocal director and Judy Dabbs is the choreographer. Steve Felmet has designed the set, Sarah Donnan is the costumer and Ann Brim Streat is handling the makeup and hair.

Performances this week are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m.

The show will also be performed at 8 p.m. May 27-28 and June 2-4, and at 2:30 p.m. May 29. The theater is located at 514 Pine Ave. For ticket information, contact the theater box office at (229) 439-7141.