Guys and Dolls swings onto the stage
May 24th, 2011
Omaha, NE – New York gangsters, showgirls and crapshooters will take the stage at the Omaha Community Playhouse this weekend.
Luck be a Lady, recorded by Frank Sinatra in 1965 is one of several well-known songs that made their stage debut on Broadway in 1950. Written by Frank Loesser, the songs formed the musical Guys and Dolls, a romantic tale involving gangsters, crooks, cops and drunks, based on the short stories of Damon Runyon.
The play was adapted into a film in 1955, starring Marlon Brando, along with Sinatra, Jean Simmons and Vivian Blaine. Guys and Dolls has been revived on Broadway several times over the years, and has been performed in numerous theater houses around the country. The Omaha Community Playhouse opens its third reproduction this weekend. Susan Baer Collins is the Associate Artistic Director at the Playhouse, and directed the play.
â€œIf youâ€™re in the theater, you kind of have assumptions that you make about this show,â€ she said. â€œAnd it was really fun for us to just kind of start from scratch, like maybe nobody had ever done it before. And we tried to take that attitude all the way throughâ€¦ to find our own way.â€
Baer Collins said the crew also brought their own touches to the production, from the set and lighting to the details of each costume. James Oâ€™Thuse, the Playhouseâ€™s resident lighting and scenic designer â€œhas created this kind of fantasized New York City, with these amazingly colorful sets,â€ she said. And Georgiann Regan, the Playhouseâ€™s costume designer, she said â€œhas designed these very playful, lively, extremely colorful costumes that really seem to suit this world of gangsters and showgirls, and making a bet on whether youâ€™ll fall in love.â€
Guys and Dolls opens at the Omaha Community Playhouse Friday, and runs through June 26th.
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