Guys & Dolls
A MUSICAL FABLE OF BROADWAY
PRESENTED BY THE HASTINGS MUSICAL COMEDY COMPANY
Based on a story and Characters by Damon Runyon Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
During and after the First World War, the highly active American Criminal underworld reached it’s peak both socially and anti-socially. To the nation’s already colourful history was added such names as Al Capone, Bonny and Clyde.
Novelist Damon Runyon used many of these characters and their activities as the basis for a lengthy series of very popular comical stories. “Guys and Dolls” is a “musical fable of broadway” based on Runyon’s characters and stories. And so on stage, we meet the child-like Runyonland “con-guys” who never remove their hats or cigars, who always expect their “dolls” to walk behind them and to live for one thing only – the illegal crap game. We meet the tatty chorus girls from the ‘Hot Box’ Nightclub . . . they might not be very well trained – but let’s face it buddy, everyone’s got to earn a living. We meet the brave warriors of the Salvation Army’s ‘Save-a-Soul’ Mission. Even they are not above trying to fill the congregation by taking a part in a ‘gamble’. But as General Cartwright proclaims . . . even this moral discrepancy shows ‘how good can come out of evil’.
Like it’s earlier piece ‘The Belle of New York’, the story-line of “Guys and Dolls” is based on the ages-old clash between good and evil. But in this case, the ‘evil characters . . . the crap shooters have hearts of gold and an appealing child-like simplicity.
The largely humorous script centres around the unusual meeting between the dashing gambler Sky Masterton and Sergeant Sarah Brown. This fluctuating relationship is balanced against the extraordinary fourteen-year old engagement between Miss Adelaide and the garrulous Nathan Detroit. As for the other guys and dolls . . . they just go along for the ride so long as it keeps them out of the hands of the inquisitive Irish “John” Lieutenant Brannigan.
PRODUCER & CHOREOGRAPHER
New Zealand’s most talented and versatile director. Dick recently won the “Best Director of the Year” award presented by the Australian Entertainments Guild, the first New Zealander to do so.
Our favourite Guy – Arthur, always an innovator, has introduced a “new look” orchestra to “Guys and Dolls”. Based on the Organ and joined by a slick combo, Arthur has had himself a ball with Loesser’s catchy score.
Our favourite Doll! Mary has been associated with the Company since its inception and is justifiably proud of the reputation the Company has gained for fine choral work.
This is the twelfth show Keith has designed and painted for the company. A gifted and enthusiastic member, Keith has given countless hours both on stage and behind the scenes.
A lifetime spent in dressing both amateur and professional shows has enabled Ursula with a unique blend of talent and experience to capture the gaiety of Runyon’s Broadway.
A “Doll” is a good looking Broad!
CAST IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE
Runyonland Personalities: John Leipst, Dallas Beckett, Diane Littleford, John Hodges, Peter Hill, Jeanne Hall, Thomas Ratima, Stuart McNab, Bill Rockett, Paula Jepson, Connie Barfoot, John Broughton, Ken Morrison, Maisie Kyle, Jacky Eagle, Jamie Burnett, Pat Dixon, Debbie Lucas, Frances Murray, John Davidson, Fred Jackson.
Nicely-Nicely Johnson Bob Murray
Benny Southstreet Warren Loader
Rusty Charlie John Newland
Sarah Brown Glenys Jenkins
Arvide Abernathy Gooch Parahi
General Matilda B. Cartwright Judith Cater
Agatha Krizdene Telford
Mission Band Vivienne Booker, Gaynor Cotching, Lucien Meeuws, George Ferris
Harry the Horse Peter Hill
Lt. Brannigan Malcolm Palmer
Nathan Detroit Lawrence Geor
Joey Biltmore John Leipst
Angie the Ox Stuart McNab
Society Max Jamie Burnett
Liver Lips Louie Bill Rockett
Willie the Weasel John Davidson
Miss Adelaide Frances Simmonds
Sky Masterson Stanley White
Mimi Briar Horrocks
Big Jule John Hodges
Hot Box M.C. John Broughton
Waiter Fred Jackson
Hot Box Girls Connie Barfoot, Dallas Beckett, Pat Dixon, Jacky Eagle, Diane Littleford, Maisie Kyle, Debbie Lucas, Cheridah Sewell
Cuban Dancers Dallas Beckett, Debbie Lucas, Diane Littleford, Krizdene Telford, Connie Barfoot, Jacky Eagle, Gaynor Cotching, Thomas Ratima, John Broughton
Cuban Waiter Bill Rockett
Scene 1 Broadway (Evening)
Scene 2 Interior of the Save-A-Soul Mission
Scene 3 A Phone Booth on Broadway
Scene 4 The Hot Box Nightclub
Scene 5 Broadway
Scene 6 Exterior of the Save-A-Soul Mission
Scene 7 Broadway
Scene 8 Havana, Cuba – El Cafe Cubano
Scene 9 Outside El Cafe Cubano, Immediately Following
Scene 10 Exterior of the Mission
Scene 1 The Hot Box Nightclub
Scene 2 Forty Eighth Street
Scene 3 Crap Game in the Sewer
Scene 4 Broadway
Scene 5 Interior of the Save-A-Soul Mission
Scene 6 Near Times Square
Scene 7 Broadway
“A Grand (a ‘G’) is a thousand potatoes and a potato is $1”
Fugue for Tinhorns Nicely-Nicely, Benny, Rusty
Follow the Fold The Mission Band
The Oldest Established Nathan, Nicely-Nicely, Benny and the Crapshooters
I’ll know Sarah and Sky
A Bushel and a Peck Miss Adelaide and the Hotbox Dolls
Adelaide’s Lament Adelaide
Guys and Dolls Nicely and Benny
If I were a Bell Sarah
My Time Of Day Sky
I’ve Never Been in Love Before Sarah and Sky
Take Back Your Mink Adelaide and Dolls
Adelaide’s Second Lament Adelaide
More I Cannot Wish You Arvide
Luck Be A Lady Tonight Sky and the Crapshooters
Sue Me Adelaide and Nathan
Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat Nicely-Nicely and Chorus
Marry The Man Today Adelaide and Sarah
Guys and Dolls Whole Cast
Piano Mary Bell
Organ Eric Thorpe
Clarinet & Saxophone Alan Thorpe
Trumpet John Barnes
Bass Leon Speakman
Drums Graham Harrison
A “Crap Shooter” is a Guy who plays the dice!