Guys And Dolls Brings Glitz And Gangsters To The Cutler Majestic Theatre

Posted April 7, 2016 by Cheryl Fenton in Theater & Arts
Guys and Dolls only runs this weekend at the Cutler Majestic Theatre.

As our recent snow storm indicated, the springtime sun hasn’t committed fully to melting away any leftover winter chills. So now’s the perfect time to settle into a few seats for a red-hot sizzler of a musical. It’s a story of gamblers, gangsters, and glamorous nightclub singers that will take you from the bustling heart of Times Square to the steamy cafes of Havana, Cuba. Boston ladies and gentlemen, say hello to New York City’s guys and dolls.

The beloved classic Guys and Dolls takes over the Cutler Majestic Theatre for a short time as an Emerson Theater production directed by Scott LaFeber.

Boston’s Theatre District travels back in time from April 14 through 16 to become a ritzy and glitzy corner of NYC. The story is a thrill-ride through the city’s gangster-era as it follows high-rolling footloose gambler, Nathan Detroit, and his night club singer fiancée of almost 15 years, Miss Adelaide. This showgirl with straight-and-narrow dreams wants him to settle down and stop being reckless; he’s not quite ready. To add a bit of chance to their already tumultuous world, their lives are soon turned upside down when fellow gambler, Sky Masterson enters the scene. He bets Nathan $1,000 that he doesn’t stand a chance with his pick of ladies. The overly self-confident gambler takes the challenge, only to discover that the doll in question is the gorgeous yet icy Sarah Brown. So which lady wins?

Considered by many theatergoers and reviewers alike to be the perfect musical comedy, Guys and Dolls first premiered on Broadway in 1950. Over 1,000 performances later, it won the Tony Award for Best Musical. Based on the book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, Guys and Dolls also features Frank Loesser’s brassy  score including favorites such as Luck be a Lady, Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat and My Time of Day. The musical also become a famous 1955 Hollywood film adaptation starring a few names you might know – Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Vivian Blaine, and Frank Sinatra.

Adding a little local flavor to a national hit, this production by Emerson Stage showcases the college program’s talents Ryan Juda as Sky Masterson, Sam Weisberg as Nathan Detroit, Jamie Zeidman as Sarah Brown, and Erin Riley as Miss Adelaide. Your home for the performance is the lavish Cutler Majestic Theatre. Known as “one of the jewels in our crown,” this Broadway-style proscenium stage theater built in 1903 is Emerson College’s largest theater, seating nearly 1,200 and beautifully appointed in the beaux-arts style.

Because no one can keep up all this carousing up for too long, there are only a few performances to choose from. Show times are April 14 through 16 at 8 pm, with a matinee show at 2 pm on April 16. Tickets are available through the Emerson box office or by calling 617-824-8000.

If you can grab a few tickets, you can definitely say luck is on your side.

The Cutler Majestic Theatre is located at 219 Tremont Street.