Frank Loesser’s Guys and Dolls opens February 18 and will play through April 3 at the Hale Centre Theatre in Gilbert’s Historic District. The Hale is Gilbert’s premier destination for exciting Broadway entertainment. Recipient of an astounding 56 AriZoni Awards for excellence, the original Hale Centre Theatre was established in 1947 in Glendale CA and has gradually expanded to a total of five preeminent Western locations.
Guys and Dolls is easily one of the ten best musicals of musical theater’s first Golden Age (1927-69). Frank Loesser followed his first Broadway success,Where’s Charley? with his unquestioned masterpiece Guys and Dolls. This musical fable of Broadway, directed by theater great George S. Kaufman, was based on the extremely popular short stories of Damon Runyon and adapted to the stage by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling. The original production opened on November 24, 1950 to glowing reviews and ran for 1200 performances (quite a feat at that time). Guys and Dolls went on to win most of the major 1950-51 theater awards, most importantly a total of 5 Tony Awards including Best Musical.
Photo courtesy of the Hale Centre Theatre in Gilbert, AZ
The Hale Centre Theatre’s new production of Guys and Dolls stars Hale veterans Rob Stuart as Sky Masterson, Jessica Godber as Sarah Brown, Gary Caswell as Nathan Detroit and newcomer Susan Hogle as Adelaide and is directed by the much sought after and highrly respected Tregoney Shepperd.
Broadway trivia: in 1955 Guys and Dolls made it to the screen with four new Loesser songs and starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine (only one of the four leads from the original Broadway company). It was very odd casting, almost controversial, but Brando and Simmons pulled it off and even did their own singing.
The Hale Centre Children’s Theatre will present the classic tale The Princess and the Pea from March 6 through June 26.
For ticket information, please contact the Hale Centre Theatre box office.
Hale Centre Theatre
The Mesa Arts Centre is currently presenting through February 28 the East Valley Children’s Theatre production of The Goats Gruff winner of EVCT’s Aspiring Playwriting Contest. EVCT provides East Valley youth the opportunity to participate in community-based quality theatrical events, enhancing self-confidence, individual creativity and self-esteem. In their own words: “We are dedicated to the development of active performers, crews and audience.”
Mesa Encore Theatre is presenting its celebrated annual musical Valentine, I Love You, You’re Perfect , Now Change now continuing at MAC through February 21. I Love You, You’re Perfect , Now Change is the longest running musical in Off Broadway history. Over the years, the Off Broadway production has inspired a purported 50 marriage proposals.
Coming in March to Mesa Arts Centre’s Ikeda Theater is the award wining Theater League’s National Touring production of The Drowsy Chaperone, delightfully subtitled a musical within a comedy . The Drowsy Chaperone dominated the 2006 Tony Awards winning 5 of the coveted trophies. The musical’s stay in Mesa is all too brief. It will play two nights, March 2 –March 3 at the Ikeda.
For ticket information on all MAC productions, please contact the Mesa Arts Centre box office.
Mesa Arts Centre 1 East Main Street Mesa AZ 85201 (480) 644-6501
Original Broadway poster