Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Guys and Dolls at Music Circus

Announcement from Music Circus


“Guys and Dolls,” Frank Loesser’s classic musical, returns to Music Circus July 21 after a 15-year absence. The Tony-winning Best Musical of 1951 will run through July 26 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. Tickets are on sale now!

“Guys and Dolls” is a charming tale of love and chance on the streets of 1950s New York City intertwined with colorful characters – gamblers and showgirls, missionaries and gangsters. High-roller Sky Masterson is coming to town and makes a bet to take out the missionary, Sarah Brown, whom he eventually falls in love with. Meanwhile, Nathan Detroit struggles with commitment to his fiancée of 14-years, Adelaide. Between gambling and breakups, the couples realize the crazy things they will do for love.

The cast of “Guys and Dolls” includes Tony Award-winner Gary Beach who stars as gambler Nathan Detroit. Beach is familiar to Music Circus audiences from such previous comic roles as Pseudolus in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," Rooster in "Annie" and Luther Billis in "South Pacific." He received his Tony Award for best supporting actor for his turn as Roger de Bris in "The Producers," a role he reprised in the film. He will play opposite Heather Lee as his long-suffering fiancée Miss Adelaide, a role she also performed in the Broadway revival. Lee’s Broadway career includes playing Tessie Tura opposite Bernadette Peters in the recent revival of “Gypsy.” She returns to Music Circus for her 15th production, most recently as the Beggar Woman in "Sweeney Todd" last summer. Matthew Ashford, known to daytime fans as Jack Devereaux from "Days of Our Lives," returns to Music Circus, where he played Thomas Jefferson in "1776." Ashford will play rakish gambler Sky Masterson opposite Montego Glover as missionary Sarah Brown. Glover played the lead role in "Aida" under the tent and starred in “Smokey Joe’s Cafe.” She made her Broadway debut as Celie in “The Color Purple” and will be returning in the fall in the new musical “Memphis.” "Guys and Dolls" will be directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge, whose “Ragtime” will be going to Broadway following a sold-out run at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and choreographed by Bob Richard with Dennis Castellano serving as musical director.

The 2009 Music Circus season continues with, “Into the Woods” (July 28-August 2), “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” (August 4-9), “Man of La Mancha” (August 11-16) and “Cats” (August 18-30).

Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday and Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets for all Music Circus shows are $53 for Friday and Saturday evenings, $50 for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings and Saturday matinees, and $41 for Thursday matinee. Tickets for “Cats” are $15 off for children 4-11. Children under 4 will not be admitted.

Special performances of “Cats” will begin 1 hour earlier August 25-30. Tuesday – Saturday evening performances are at 7:00 p.m.. Thursday and Saturday matinees at 1:00 p.m. and Sunday evening performance beings at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are currently on sale at the Wells Fargo Pavilion at 1419 H Street, Sacramento, or by phone at (916) 557-1999. Tickets are also available online at www.SacramentoMusicCircus.com or by calling (800) 225-2277. For groups of 12 or more call (916) 557-1198.

For more information about the season, please visit www.SacramentoMusicCircus.com

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