Hailed as the perfect musical comedy, Guys and Dolls rolls the dice as it swaggers into the Theatre Royal Norwich in January 2019 with an exciting new production by the Norfolk & Norwich Operatic Society.
With a full orchestra and fabulous cast, this talented Company returns to the Theatre Royal following its tremendous success with ‘Top Hat’ in 2018.
Set amidst the hustle and bustle of 1950’s New York, Guys and Dolls brings Damon Runyon’s colourful characters to life as we follow the relationships of gamblers Sky Masterson (Phil Omerod) and Nathan Detroit (Nick Bird), mission doll Sarah Brown (Holly Graham) and a nightclub singer with a permanent cold, Miss Adelaide (Andrea Ferguson) who, along with a host of dancers, gangsters and missionaries, cavort through the colourful and vibrant New York underworld in the pursuit of love and luck.
Also returning this year is Professional West End director and choreographer Chris Cuming with a brand new production featuring an innovative set design using scenic projection, allowing the ‘set’ to come alive… it’s guaranteed to transport you from the heart of Times Square to the evocative setting of Havana, Cuba!
Guys and Dolls one of the most loved musicals of all time and is packed with some of Broadways greatest hits including ‘Luck Be a Lady Tonight’, ‘If I were a Bell’, ‘Adelaide’s Lament’, ‘I’ve Never Been in Love Before’, and the show stopping ‘Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat’!
From the Director – Chris Cuming
Guys and Dolls is a timeless classic with punchy songs and a comic and heart-warming story. Widely known as the film version it’s been performed many times on stage, last year at Kilworth House and before that in the West End and then a UK tour. So why should the NNOS do it and why did I want to do it ? To have fun and use the opportunity to re-discover this piece. After Top Hat, a show that had been to the Theatre Royal twice, I got to know our audience and with this classic piece half the job is done. The music, witty lyrics and charming script-work, led to its success, however, as ever, we feel we know it already but there are so many more layers and the story is complex and the characters, albeit comic, are multi-layered. The actors and I have been working to really delve into these characters and I hope you enjoy these real humans in a world not too different from ours.
As for the rest, I’ve been lucky enough to be working with Sam Jeffs who is the Video Designer for the show. I wanted the show to have a modern fresh feel to it and to look at the best options for the Theatre Royal and production. The era is so full of style and New York had a real vibe and feel to it that is caught so brilliantly in the film where we can go from street to street then to Havana, so we’ve been able to use some great real imagery from the time to create a full Scenic Projected set of the world of New York we live in.