Guys And Dolls

Do Broadway musicals suffer the baseball phenomenon of “The Sophomore Jinx?” Many major league rookies who’ve had sensational years follow them with dismal seasons. And although many on Broadway may never have heard of the sophomore jinx, 65 years ago longtime theatrical observers were wondering if two producers and one composer-lyricist who had had a [...]


Entertainment Weekly recently released a special issue of The 100 All-Time Greatest in Movies, TV, Music, Books and Plays.  This issue included a Top 10 Greatest Musicals List.  Of the top ten listed, four of the musicals were MTI titles – including RENT, WEST SIDE STORY, SWEENEY TODD and the number one musical, GUYS AND [...]

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The “Choosing Your High School’s Musical” series is a series of blog posts designed to introduce you to shows that we know are fantastic in a high school setting. Of course, it’s up to you to determine if the shows are best-suited to your community, so make sure to order a perusal copy of the [...]

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Turn on the television, glance at fashion magazines or theatre marquees, and it seems that the sixties are back in swing. And Sunday night, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT EVEN TRYING premieres at Broadway’s Al Hirschfeld Theatre in New York. The production stars Daniel Radcliffe in his Broadway musical debut as J. Pierrepont Finch, and [...]


In the fourth installment of our Marquee Q & A, actress Anne Horak catches up with MTI’s Tyler Paul to discuss YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, Susan Stroman & Mel Brooks, and more… Anne Horak, a young actress with a blossoming career, began her journey with a number of leading roles at regional houses fresh out of college. [...]


In the first installment of our Marquee Q & A Series, Broadway actor Tituss Burgess catches up with MTI’s Tyler Paul to  discusses GUYS AND DOLLS, Frank Loesser, and more… Vocalist extraordinaire and Broadway actor Tituss Burgess, best known for his portrayal of Sebastian in the Broadway mounting of DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID, began his [...]


Congratulations to Stages St. Louis!  On March 22, the theatre won six Kevin Kline awards, including a tie for Outstanding Production of a Musical with their productions of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE and GUYS & DOLLS.  THE DROWSY CHAPERONE also took awards for Outstanding Ensemble, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical (for David Schmittou), Outstanding Supporting [...]

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“Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ The Boat” from Frank Loesser and Abe Burrows’ GUYS & DOLLS is the kind of show-stopping number that audiences eagerly await.  Often occuring towards the end of the second act, these numbers are commonly referred to as “11 o’clock numbers,” since, in a lengthy Broadway show, such numbers would be performed [...]


Gambling features prominently in Frank Loesser, Jo Swerling, and Abe Burrows’ musical, GUYS & DOLLS.  Finding a safe location for the floating crap game drives much of the story – as does Sky’s bet that he’ll take Sarah Brown, one of the Mission workers, to Havana.  But gambling is also an underlying theme of the [...]


“Knowing Frank Loesser was a rare and rewarding experience for many reasons,” writer Cynthia Lindsay explains, “but the most important was that no matter who and what you were, he made you better.  Whether it was your talent, your humor, your confidence in yourself, you came away from him more creative, funnier, more perceptive about [...]