The Alhambra will launch its 55th season with GUYS & DOLLS

Guys and Dolls, one of the most revered musicals in Broadway history, will open the Alhambra’s 55th season on January 13, 2022.

Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1950, Guys and Dolls was one of the first musicals on the actual street called Broadway as the life artery of New York City, not the theatrical Broadway of the lines. of kicks and recalls. This is the first time that Guys & Dolls has not performed at the Alhambra Theater and Dining Room since owner Craig Smith took over the venerable theater in 2009.

Located in Times Square during the Depression, Guys and Dolls tells the story of two big-city gamers and the women who love them. It tells the overlapping stories of Sky Masterson, who falls in love with missionary Sarah Brown, and charming troublemaker Nathan Detroit, 14 years engaged to Miss Adelaide, a Hot Box Club headliner. Nathan runs a famous floating craps game, and an ongoing plot involves his quest for a safe place to play as Adelaide continues his quest to convince him to marry her. Meanwhile, Sarah, mistakenly believing Sky has set up an illegal game on the mission, tries to fight her affection for him.

The Alhambra production will feature an actual husband and wife team Jason Nettles as Sky Masterson and Katie Nettles as Miss Adelaide. The two have previously been featured on the Alhambra stage and were last in the same production for Beauty and the Beast in 2016. They met while they were students at the University of Central Florida. in 2011 and married in 2013. Jason asked Katie (then Hensley) to marry him on the Alhambra stage during White Christmas. Jason is a theatrical arts teacher at Ponte Vedra High School, where he has helped students produce shows such as Pippin, High School Musical, and Chicago. Katie last appeared at the Alhambra during Footloose in 2021.

Guys and Dolls premiered on Broadway in 1950, where it lasted 1,200 performances and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The musical had several Broadway and London revivals, as well as a 1955 film adaptation starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine. Guys and Dolls was selected as a Pulitzer Prize winner for dramatic theater in 1951. However, due to writer Abe Burrows’ Communist sympathies exhibited by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), administrators at Columbia University vetoed the selection, and no Pulitzer for Drama was awarded that year. In 1998, the original Broadway cast of the 1950 cast’s album was posthumously inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Said Smith, the managing partner of the Alhambra, “We have been waiting for Guys & Dolls for a special occasion and to produce with a special cast. Kicking off our 55th season and the availability of Jason and Katie is this. moment.”

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