Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls

Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia, exclusive agents for Music Theatre International

Season 16-25 September 2004
Venue The Street Theatre


First performed on Broadway in 1950, and later a film in 1955, Guys and Dolls is a musical based on the Damon Runyon books of the New York underworld.

It tells the story of a gambler, Nathan Detroit who runs a “floating” craps game, much to the disgust of his long suffering fiancée of 14 years, the Hot Box night club singer, Adelaide Adams.

To raise the money to pay for a venue for his craps game, he bets $1000 on what he believes is a sure thing. Sky Masterson, a high rolling, suave gambler boasts that he could have any girl he wants. So Nathan bets him that he can’t get the local “Save A Soul” missionary, Sarah Brown to come to dinner with him in Havana. She is reluctant, so Sky in turn guarantees that he will provide 12 “genuine sinners” for her midnight prayer meeting in return for dinner.

So, Sky needs sinners to win his bet, Sarah needs to save her mission, Adelaide wants to turn her 14 year engagement into a wedding and Nathan is just trying to keep his craps game afloat, keep Adelaide happy and not get arrested by the local cop or shot by a visiting gangster.


Director Kelda McManus
Musical Director Ewan Harwood
Choreographer Emma Nikolic
Choreographer Belynda Buck
Production Manager Pam McManus
Stage Manager Sue Gore-Phillips
Set Design Jansson Antmann, Paul Tremble
Lighting/Sound Design Chris Neal, Eclipse


Sky Masterson Brian Kavanagh
Sarah Brown Rebecca Pope
Nathtan Detroit David Gilkes
Adelaide Adams Emma White
Arvide Abernathy Graham Bauerle
Niceley-Nicely Johnson Jamie Swann
Benny Southwest Justin Barrasch
Rusty Charlie Dave Evans
Harry the Horse Dim Ristevski
Lt Brannigan Jonathan Garland
General Cartwright Robyn Page
Big Jule Bryn Clapp
Mission People Kyria Laird, Georgia Pike, Gaby Schmid, Veronica Thwaites
Hot Box Dancers Amy Denyer, Jane Faulder, Laura Gilkes, Zoe Holdenson, Steph McKenna, Alissa Pugh
Craps Shooters Andrew Barrow, John Kerr, David Messina, Kevin Playford


synthesiser/Harmonium/Conductor Ewan Harwood
Oboe Ian Mallyon
Drums/Sousaphone Peter McDonald
Alto Saxophone Kristen Nilsson
Bass Juliet Flook
Trumpet Sarah Hibberd
Piano Jennifer Groom


Canberra Area Theatre AwardsReceived

Best Supporting Actress in a Musical Emma White

Canberra Area Theatre AwardsNominations

Best Supporting Actor in a Musical Jamie Swann
Best Choreography Belynda Buck and Emma Nikolic